Practicing Oil Analysis March 2004

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Jim Fitch, Noria Corporation

It is often said that industry rides on a film of oil. Many of us in the lubrication field know that this film of oil is frequently taken for granted. In fact, it needs constant nurturing. Like a...

Richard Kus, American Axle & Manufacturing Jeff Snyder, Chevron Global Lubricants

Oil analysis has been an integral part of the preventive maintenance (PM) and predictive maintenance (PdM) programs at American Axle & Manufacturing’s (AAM) Detroit Gear & Axle facility...

Thomas E. Springer, The Timken Company Douglas A. Clouse, The Timken Company Michael R. Hoeprich, The Timken Company Harvey P. Nixon, The Timken Company

Particle contamination in lubricants has been identified as a major cause of premature bearing and gear failure. Various experimental and predictive methods have been developed to assist...

Noria Corporation

Water contamination is a cause for major concern in a large number of applications. In some industries and environments, water is a far more damaging contaminant than solid particles and is often...

Teresa Hansen, Noria Corporation

Like many chemical facilities, BP Canada Energy Company’s linear alpha olefin (LAO) plant in Alberta must do everything it can to reduce costs and increase profits. And like with most industries,...

Drew Troyer

Historically, we have employed oil analysis to identify lubricant oxidation by trending the acid number (AN), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) oxidation and viscosity. Once evidence of oxidation...

Teresa Hansen, Noria Corporation

Late last year, the oil analysis community lost one of its early pioneers. On September 26, 2003, Vernon C. Westcott, who is credited with inventing the ferrograph, died at the age of 84. While Mr....