Practicing Oil Analysis November 2006

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Jim Fitch, Noria Corporation

The hot stove effect was first given to learning and management science by Mark Twain. He observed that if a cat happens to jump on a hot stove, he will never jump on a hot stove again. This of...

Noria Corporation

If you've ever gone whitewater rafting on a Class III or IV rapid, you know what turbulence is. A few years ago while rafting with some friends on the Ottawa River, our raft tipped over coming off...

Matt Spurlock, Noria Corporation

It has been said that there is a time and a place for everything. Unfortunately, in the case of particle counting and ferrous density testing, there seems to be a bit of confusion on the proper...

Ashley Mayer

Interpreting the results of an oil analysis, an entire page filled with numbers, can appear to be a formidable task to the untrained eye. But like every other complicated task, by breaking it down...

Wade Babcock, Alion Science and Technology Brigitte Battat, Alion Science and Technology

At least 75 percent of all hydraulic systems fail due to contaminated or aging hydraulic fluid.1 Contamination causes aging/degradation of fluids and hydraulic systems failure for numerous reasons. In...

John S. Evans, Wearcheck South Africa

Common questions asked by users of oil analysis include "What wear limits do you use?" and "What levels are normal and abnormal?" These questions are not unreasonable. A number of original equipment...

Ted Naman, ConocoPhillips Ken Nicholas, Schroeder Industries Richard Winslow, Pacificorp - Naughton Plant

A coal-fired power plant operating in the western United States was experiencing short gearbox life in its coal pulverizing operation. The AGMA 6EP (ISO 320) gear oil recommended by the original...

Ahmed Safwat, Cemex Egypt

The clinker hammer crusher is one of the main pieces of equipment in cement production and is used for the crushing of clinker, the main product of cement kilns, into smaller parts for the preparation...

Steve Jiroutek, Vaisala Inc.

Mosaic is the merger of two global leaders in the fertilizer industry, IMC Global and Cargill Crop Nutrition. As one of the world's largest potash and phosphate mining and processing operations,...

Lindsay Hall, Noria Corporation

How much money would be lost without the technology of oil analysis? Millions, billions? Would the term "cost-effective" even be a valuable motivator? It probably would, but likely under more negative...

Modernizing condition monitoring procedures and maintenance practices is often driven by the introduction of innovative technologies that facilitate the gathering of previously unavailable data, or...

Suzy Jamieson, ICML

During the week of July 11 to 14, 2006, Suzy Jamieson - the executive director of the International Council for Machinery Lubrication (ICML) - took part in the inaugural WCEAM - the first World...