August 2018

Featured Article

Dr. Nathan C. Wright

Reliability is all about getting out in front of your equipment, understanding its failure modes and stopping them from happening. A lot of elements cause equipment failure, and because of...

Michael D. Holloway, ALS Tribology

The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, has increased exponentially in recent years due to the advances in materials, aeronautics and operating software. These...

James Kovacevic, Eruditio

Imagine an operation in which there are no lost-time accidents, overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) is increasing, and there is a plan to address the skills shortage. These sites do exist,...

Al Smiley, GPM Hydraulic Consulting

Have you ever been asked to troubleshoot a hydraulic issue? Whether you are a maintenance person, salesman, service provider or consultant, you should follow the same guidelines when...

Rich Wurzbach, MRG Labs

Figure 1. A motor-operated valve (MOV) lubrication test stand After developing a lab in the power plant and focusing primarily on analysis of oils from the plant’s critical...

Jim Fitch, Noria Corporation

The definition of a contaminant is any foreign “something” that enters a lubricant during formulation, packaging, transport, storage or service. Contaminants compromise the lubricant’s...

Wes Cash, Noria Corporation

While much thought is given to major automotive lubricants like engine oil and transmission fluid, there are many other components in a vehicle that have specific lubrication requirements. One...

Jacobs’ Sean Hollis accepted the Augustus H. Gill Award from the International Council for Machinery Lubrication at the recent Reliable Plant Conference & Exhibition in...

Carl Stevens has been around lubrication all his life. His father worked for an oil distributor, so he learned at an early age the importance of lubrication and clean, dry applications. Toda…

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