Archive | May, 2008

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Technology Showcase: Food Grade Lubricants

With so much riding on a processor’s ability to help feed the world, the incorrect choice can be a killer in more ways than one. Hungry for improved reliability and increased profitability in your food processing operations? Proper lubricant selection is crucial to both quality and safety—and your bottom line! With the potential for contact […]

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Problem Solvers

Contaminant-Free Compressed Air For Pneumatics The SKF® “SFD” dryer system is uniquely engineered for industrial applications to deliver compressed air free of oil, contaminants and water. In conjunction with large air compressors and systems, this compact unit dries compressed air for pneumatic applications directly from the tank, eliminating a need for after-coolers and additional external […]

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Our Perspective: Taking Care Of Business… The Right Way!

Ken Bannister, Contributing Editor The key to performing a successful, professional job in any walk of life has long been attributed to three simple rules: preparation, quality work and clean-up. If you ever have had contractors perform work in your home, those most likely to receive your recommendation for future work typically would have followed […]

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Part I. Using Oil Mist On Electric Motors

Despite being an accepted method of lubrication in countless reliability-focused process plants around the globe, questions about this technology continue to surface. In early 2008, two widely read U.S. trade journals carried articles on grease lubrication of electric motors. Neither article mentioned oil mist lubrication, probably because the scope of the articles was, of course, […]

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Input/Output: What About Sealed Bearings For High-Temp Applications?

The article entitled “Lubrication of Electric Motor Bearings,” by EASA technical support specialist Chuck Yung (pgs. 36-40, MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY, March 2008) brought the following question from a reader with a special interest in the topic of sealed bearings… Dear Maintenance Technology: I work as a maintenance electrician and saw the article (about lubrication of motor […]

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Battling A Killer: Corrosion Control Methods

Corrosion is always on the prowl, ready to take down your equipment, fixed and otherwise. Don’t let this predator catch you off guard. Metallic corrosion is a naturally occurring process that takes place at varying rates—depending on the specific combination of alloy and application conditions— unless there is intentional intervention to modify the situation. Corrosion […]

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Communications: Partnering With Contracted Service Providers

Ken Bannister, Contributing Editor There probably is no maintenance department in the country that hasn’t engaged the services of a contractor, or specialty services provider, in the past 12 months. How was your experience? Past experience with outside assistance usually dictates how you approach your next contractual relationship with an outside labor source. Most of […]

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Who’s Leading The Parade?

While it’s hard to describe, we certainly recognize leadership when we see it. The way we’re going, though, we may not get to see enough of it in the future. As industry takes on new challenges in a ‘dot-com’ world, where information is not only king, but immediate, it also is retiring an invaluable babyboomer […]

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