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You have to experience failure before you achieve success. Whether you’re trying to get a gorilla to stuff his arm in a box or pushing for maintenance improvement through machinery lubricati…
Contaminant monitoring instruments (and awareness of their importance) have advanced rapidly in the past two decades.
For food and beverage producers, pharmaceuticals manufacturers, and producers of containers used to package food-related products, there’s no more important lubrication issue than the use of what...
Why do companies that implement a lean business system insist on using Japanese words in the process?
Valero Energy’s 950-acre refinery in Paulsboro, N.J., was preoccupied, busy, absorbed with its primary task of converting more than 175,000 barrels of sour crude oil every day into polished …
Just like a hydraulic system's heat exchanger and filters, the reservoir or tank must be cared for. This involves regular drain-off of settled contaminants and occasional internal cleaning.
This article deals with interesting pump-related issues that arrived in Heinz Bloch's e-mail in a single month. Heinz shares his answers and conclusions in this article.
For a food, beverage, cosmetic or pharmaceutical company, or any other firm that manufactures products that will be directly consumed or used by people, processes must be highly scrutinized …
This article provides a refresher course on some of the sorbent/spill containment products that can help in your quest to be safe and productive as well as clean, lean and green.
Lou Herington, the subject of this issue’s “Get to Know ...” section, is the plate mill lubrication technician at Alcoa’s Davenport Works in Iowa. He has worked 32 years at Alcoa (“pretty mu…
Starting January 2010, the International Council on Machinery Lubrication’s examinations in oil analysis will follow the now published ISO 18436-4 standard.
One of the most common lubrication mistakes that plants around the world make every day is disregarding the costly impact of changing oil too frequently and over-greasing. When oil changes are optimized to the right intervals (or you find a way to stop changing oil altogether), many plants find that equipment reliability increases, which frees up maintenance budgets to tackle other issues.
This short article demystifies the technologies and techniques surrounding acoustic regreasing as an effective lubrication practice.