Machinery Lubrication August 2014

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Bennett Fitch, Noria Corporation

Each sample obtained for oil analysis can be costly, so sampling every machine in a facility with thousands of lubricated machines is not feasible.

Jim Fitch, Noria Corporation

There are 8,760 hours in a year. Few plants manage to produce at full capacity for all of those hours. Instead, there are periodic production stoppages due to tooling changes, product changes,...

Jeremy Wright, Noria Corporation

Have you ever seen a mechanic open a toolbox that only had a single wrench or a carpenter with a tool chest containing just one type of saw? For these individuals to be considered true profe…

Alejandro Meza, Noria Corporation

Over time, any oil analysis program can become stagnant if few or no improvements are made. This can cause the program to lose value, as it may not fully support the plant’s improvement...

Ronald F. Reimer, Eli Lilly and Company Daniel C. Carroll, Eli Lilly and Company

Like many organizations, pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly has been in pursuit of reliability for many years. Pinpointing when the journey started is difficult, since manufacturing is always asking...

Wes Cash, Noria Corporation

The starting point of any great oil analysis program begins with obtaining representative samples. The goal of sampling is to maximize data density while minimizing data disturbance. You maximize...

Michael Schilling

A nuclear plant recently experienced wire wooling on the journal bearings and shaft of one of its feed water pumps. This was detected by the color of the oil turning black during a post-maintenance...

Noria Corporation

Name: Jon McNees Age: 26 Title: Maintenance Engineer Length of Service: 2 years Company: Sinclair Wyoming Refining Co. Location: Sinclair, Wyo. In just two short years...

Suzy Hitchcock, ICML

A key principle of asset management, as described in the recently published ISO 55000 standard, is fitness for purpose. This is the objective or intent of continuous improvement: failure...

Loren Green, Noria Corporation

It has been said that oil is the lifeblood of a machine. By monitoring contaminants and additive health, you can keep this “blood” healthy and minimize the risk of a failure. But what are the...

Steffen Bots, OELCHECK GmbH

The evaluation of oil or grease analysis results is often a tough job for a diagnostician, demanding experience in mechanical engineering and chemistry. However, modern tools and statistical...

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