Archive | January, 2009

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Using Thermography to Monitor Motors and Gearboxes

It’s true. This predictive technology can be a powerful tool in an effective lube management program. Predictive maintenance (PdM) programs monitor equipment condition, with the goal of identifying problems in advance and avoiding equipment failure. One powerful tool for monitoring rotating equipment is infrared thermal imaging.

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PUBLISHER NOTES: Who Can You Trust?

  Bill Kiesel, Vice President/Publisher I would have preferred to start out with a cheerier “Happy New Year” message. But, let’s face facts: we have a real challenge on our hands. Stock market turmoil, mortgage meltdowns, credit crises, plant closings, crooked investment advisors, you name it, the hits just keep coming.   Over the last […]

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My Take: Whatever It Takes

  Jane Alexander, Editor-In-Chief Bright spots in these gloomy times have been few and far between. When I hear about them—even anecdotally—I can’t wait to share them. Here’s a couple.   Consider 3-ply toilet paper, which (forgive me), first rolled out last September. One of the most expensive bathroom tissues ever, its sales, apparently, have […]

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LMT News: News of people and events important to the Lubrication Management community

EXXONMOBIL’S JOHN DONER RECEIVES NLGI’S HIGHEST HONOR The National Lubricating Grease Institute (NLGI) recently honored ExxonMobil technical expert John P. Doner with its prestigious “Award for Achievement.” This award is reserved for individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the long-term growth and development of the institute and the field of lubricating grease technology. Currently […]

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A Survival Guide for Impending Cost Reduction

As maintenance and reliability professionals, we are being asked to deliver like never before. Today’s economic conditions demand greater levels of reliability and increased maintenance productivity with an ever-increasing focus on reducing costs. In order to survive, an organization’s plans must turn to optimizing maintenance capacity as a means to achieve its goals. Continuous improvement […]

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Growing Reliability Down on the Wind Farm

To most casual observers, the forecast of sustained growth across the worldwide wind energy sector in the years ahead would seem quite sunny. Down on the wind farm, however, where operators are striving to generate a consistently competitive power source, storm clouds related to reliability issues can drastically darken the horizon. There’s no getting around […]

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Heat Recovery Technology Fuels Growth + Sustainability

Through recycling and environmentally responsible manufacturing efforts, this pulp and paper mill is decreasing annual greenhouse gas emissions by 270,000 tons. That equates to sparing 1.5 million trees, saving 580 million gallons of water and preventing the addition of 250,000 cubic meters of landfill volume every year. Minas Basin Pulp & Power Company is a […]

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Solution Spotlight: Capturing Savings with Heat-Recovering Compressors

Energy costs represent 82% of the expense of compressor ownership. At least that was the case until Sullair launched its energy-efficient single-stage, 7500 S-energy® Series with Energy Efficiency System (EES) heat recovery. These lubricated rotary screw air compressors are available both as constant speed and variable speed drive models, 100 (75 kW) horsepower with capacities […]

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