Practicing Oil Analysis September 2001

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Jim Fitch, Noria Corporation

Oil analysis is about surfacing problems that were otherwise hidden from view. We’ve all heard the phrase “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it,” but an important corollary is “if it is broke, fix it...

Mike Day, Pall Corporation

The ISO Technical Committees responsible for fluid power (ISO/TC131/SC6) have recently introduced new standards for the measurement and assessment of fluid cleanliness (Table 1). While...

Ken Huckeba, Mission Operations and Maintenance Inc.

The Kern River Cogeneration Company Omar Generation Facility has been supplying steam for enhanced oil recovery in the Texaco Oil Field north of Bakersfield, California for the last 15 years....

Machinery maintenance programs based on lube oil condition-monitoring techniques offer rapid payback on investment by reducing equipment downtime and maintenance costs. Wear progression in...

Scott Stoeffler, McCrone Associates

Chemical microscopy, the combination of polarized light microscopy (PLM) with micro-scale techniques of qualitative analytical chemistry, is an extremely powerful and versatile tool for...

Q & A’s offer quick answers to common or not-so-common questions. The following questions originated after reading “The Future of Filtration,” an article published in the July - August...

It was a beautiful autumn day in Florida when a filtering company paid a visit to one of its customers. They were there for a few days to assist in the installation of some standard filters. Once...

Oil analysts have trusted the blotter spot method to identify excessive engine soot, to evaluate the dispersancy performance of lubricants and to detect the presence of glycol and other...

Brett Winberg, Schmid Oilfield Services

Case Notebook Snuggled in the hills and plains of Wyoming, Schmid Oilfield Services set-up shop. Schmid is an aggressive oil field construction company operating more than 75 pieces of...

Stuart Courtney, SKF

Required machine reliability is placing increasingly higher demands on maintenance budgets. The common answer to this is to implement condition monitoring in some form. Traditionally this...

A. A. Carey, Emerson Process Management A. J. Hayzen, Emerson Process Management

Determining oil quality usually requires complex laboratory equipment to measure the viscosity, refractive index, density, base number (BN), acid number (AN), water content, metals (additives...

A filter is clogged by a contaminant from a paper mill process; what is the contaminant and where did it come from? A sample of grease has an unusual odor; can you tell what is causing...

Suzy Jamieson, International Council for Machinery Lubrication

You have been seeing a movement in industry toward skill standards and now understand the importance of being certified in your profession. You are aware that certification can give you...

Herguth Laboratories, Inc.

This case study concerns the long-term impact of fluid cleanliness on the transmission gearboxes of large power generation wind turbines in Northern California. History A large...

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