Archive | March, 2007

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Lube Oil Varnish Control

Lube oil varnish is the largest problem facing the lube oil used in combustion turbines. Varnish forms because of lube oil degradation, largely from the extreme temperatures and oxygen existing in combustion turbines. Varnish buildup causes excessive wear on parts, can lead to bearing failures and can cause critical components—such as servomechanisms—to seize. These failures […]

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Constant Level Oilers: Best Practices For Optimal Lubrication

Constant level oilers have been utilized on process pumps and other rotating equipment for more than half a century. Although some oiler designs haven’t changed much over time, others have become more advanced—as have the equipment and applications they serve. Regardless of the types of oilers in your plant, you’re counting on them to maintain […]

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Justify Your Equipment Reliability Enhancements

Mechanical seal optimization and rolling element bearing selection are critical issues for any plant. In this installment, we review case studies and associated cost justifications to learn how making the right decisions regarding these components can pay off. Each of these case studies is thoroughly experience-based—and the upgrades they describe are easy to implement, even […]

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Lubrication Management & Technology News

LEADERSHIP CHANGE FOR LUBRIZOL ADDITIVES Val Pakis, who recently served as president and CEO of D.A. Stuart Company, will rejoin Lubrizol as vice president, driveline and industrial additives. In this role, he will focus on continued organic growth, as well as merger and acquisition activity. He also will be responsible for the equipment manufacturer liaison […]

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Passing The Torch

Ken Bannister, Contributing Editor The acquisition and dissemination of knowledge is truly a noble pursuit. I submit the following account of one of my own personal experiences as an example. I recently was privileged to participate in a very special metal-shaping course with my son. Delivered over several weekends, the sessions introduced us to the […]

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Compressed air contamination…Air Dryer and Purification Technology

Knowing the true sources of contamination in compressed air systems and what to do about them can lead to improved operating efficiencies for the equipment and far fewer maintenance headaches for you. Ask many maintenance engineers what the major contaminant in their compressed air system is, and their answer would be oil. Oil is perceived […]

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The Maintenance/Purchasing Partnership

Ken Bannister, Contributing Editor Because of its use of consumable products and need for replacement maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) inventory items, the Maintenance department must requisition and contract through the Purchasing department on a daily basis. If equipment reliability is to be assured, the direct working relationship between these departments must be a good […]

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