The Mysterious Red Fibers

Noria Corporation
Tags: wear debris analysis

One cold, gray, Canadian-winter day, a gearbox sample was sent to a lab for ferrographic analysis. The ferrogram showed a series of strange and rather unusual red fibers not commonly found in a gearbox. These fibers were not immediately identifiable, but appeared to be somehow related to the inexplicable gearbox failure. The lab contacted the maintenance superintendent directly to share the findings and inquired about possible causes. Baffled, the superintendent decided to pay a visit to the lube technicians and headed off to the lubrication department. Along the way, he passed Joe, the head lube tech and stopped for a friendly chat. After a few minutes, the superintendent noticed that despite the cold conditions, Joe was wearing only one red wool glove . . .

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