Machinery Lubrication June 2021

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Too many people today assume new insights must come from advanced IIoT monitoring systems or AI platforms, but actionable insights do not require high-tech tools. Simply learning something new about your assets or how to care for them (as opposed to operating based on assumptions or incomplete knowledge) can lead to big improvements in reliability, decreases in costs or both.

Jim Fitch, Noria Corporation

When working from a single sample, it is common for labs to classify wear particles according to standardized shapes such as platelets, chunks, ribbons and spheres. The task of deriving meaning from the number and size of particles in the different classifications is much more difficult.

Paul Farless, Noria Corporation

Tribology is derived from the Greek root “τριβ” meaning “I rub,” which describes the science of rubbing when followed by the Greek suffix “-ology.” Today, this term simply refers to the study...

Travis Richardson, Noria Corporation

If you have ever invested money in a 401K or the stock market, you might have received a letter in the mail showing your quarterly updates. Personally, I like to skip through all the text and...

Matthew Adams, Noria Corporation

Where to Begin Almost all sites understand that there is a need for sustainability and advancement within their lubrication program. They often struggle with the questions of how, when and...

John Ross, Maintenance Innovators

Charles Darwin once stated that for a species to advance and survive, they (the species) had to adapt to compensate for the changing environment. The change, he advised, had to occur...

David Dise, Noria Corporation

Water is the second most destructive contaminant and is often ignored as the primary root cause of gearbox failure. The metal parts inside the gearbox will always be susceptible to rusting and...

Jeremie Edwards, Noria Corporation

“Failure is central to engineering. Every single calculation that an engineer makes is a failure calculation. Successful engineering is all about understanding how things break or fail.” -...

Martin Vincent, Cogentrix Energy Stephen Steen, Poseidon Systems

Wind turbines are notoriously difficult to monitor due to several environmental and mechanical factors. First, the drivetrain consists of elements that change load, speed and torque quickly...

Bennett Fitch, Noria Corporation

Rags are one of the most essential items to have for a lubrication technician, mechanic or anyone working on equipment on the plant floor. They’re a necessity for cleaning up greasy or oily...

Matt Fitzgerald has spent the last several months helping Puris Foods prepare for operations by designing and implementing a comprehensive reliability program. Though new to the reliability...