Practicing Oil Analysis November 2004

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Jim Fitch, Noria Corporation

Most of us are well aware of the enormous damage water can exact on a machine and its lubricants. However, the magnitude of this potential destruction seems to depend directly on five enabling...

Noria Corporation

One of my job responsibilities is to provide clients with detailed procedures about modifying their oil-lubricated equipment with hardware to make simple maintenance tasks easier and more...

Teresa Hansen

In the early 1990s, Southern Company adopted a predictive maintenance program in conjunction with a time-based preventive maintenance program. In 1994, predictive maintenance guidelines were...

Benjamin Fried, CTRL Systems Inc.

A manufacturing facility had two identical eight-inch bearings on a machine. The maintenance technicians knew that one was causing a problem with the machine’s operation, as...

Stephen H. Shakeshaft, Stephen H. Shakeshaft Consulting Ltd.

Figure 1. Compressor Showing “W” Cylinder Formation A chemical manufacturing plant with three, three-cylinder reciprocating compressors was accustomed to performing intensive maintenance on...

Surapol Raadnui, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology, North Bangkok, Thailand

To maintain reliable performance of a rolling element bearing, proper maintenance and inspection should be performed. It is suggested that periodic maintenance include operator inspections,...

Janet L. Lane, ExxonMobil Kenneth O. Henderson, Cannon Instrument Company

Viscosity is a measure of a fluid’s resistance to flow. It is one of the most important properties of a fluid and plays a prominent role in the petroleum industry. The viscosity of crude oil affects...

Daryl Beatty, Dow Chemical Company

There are several key elements that must be addressed to ensure an effective compressor lubricant analysis program. Errors or omissions related to these elements can lead to unnecessary expenditures...

Kerem Durdag, BiODE Inc.

Viscosity control for product quality and process control is crucial in a variety of manufacturing operations. As suppliers focus on customer satisfaction and consistency of product, viscosity...

A European manufacturer of large hydraulic components flushed its newly manufactured components with clean hydraulic fluid at a high turbulence to remove any particles left behind during...