Practicing Oil Analysis September 2003

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Jim Fitch, Noria Corporation

Particles. Think about it. Tribological studies on wear-related machine failure rank particle-induced abrasion as the No. 1 cause of wear. This is often referred to as three-body abrasion, where...

Sabrin Gebarin

Wear debris analysis is essential to effectively gauging machinery life. When machine components begin to wear, the evidence can usually be found in the lubricant flowing through the machine. For...

Sharon Dory, J.R. Simplot Company Teresa Hansen, Noria Corporation

In early 2001, the average rebuild cost for J.R. Simplot Co.’s Caterpillar 785 haul truck differentials and final drives was $2.11 per hour of operation. By 2003, the average cost had dropped to...

Reducing oil maintenance expenses and minimizing equipment downtime is of major interest to operators of machine tool and industrial processing equipment. In the May 2000 issue of Lubricants World,...

Lloyd Leugner, Maintenance Technology International, Inc.

Natural gas engines are unique. They operate in a variety of unusual locations, from the extremely cold climates of arctic Canada to the hot, humid regions of the southern United States and beyond....

Knudd Hansen, C.C. Jensen Patrick Duffy, COT-Puritech Greg Livingstone, Clarus Technologies

No matter the application or operating environment in which they are used, lubricants will eventually become contaminated with substances from the environment. The lubricant’s reaction with these...

Dr. Jian Ding, Lubrosoft

Wear particle analysis, using tools such as ferrous density and ferrographic analysis, can play a valuable role in determining the root cause of active machine wear. However, unlike many common oil...

Lube-Fumes Cause Explosion While working as a lube salesman in the Toronto area, I was called to visit a customer who had experienced a lube-related problem. Over the weekend, a...

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