I recently received an email from an individual working in a maintenance department as a “Lube Technician.” He had heard that he was a primary candidate for a first round of corporate layoffs. With no early-retirement option available to him, and no trade certificate or formal education to fall back on, this guy was feeling extremely vulnerable. He wanted advice on how he could prepare himself and present his strengths to a prospective employer. Continue Reading →
Your site’s pumping equipment calls for special treatment when it comes to lubrication. What you don’t know about it could break the real ‘heart’ of your system. Continue Reading →
Selecting the right products and keeping them healthy while they work for your operations is crucial to your bottom line. Continue Reading →
The innovative approach to lubrication that one paper mill took improved conditions of its machines and its bottom line. That type of success is why a similar approach was rolled out to seven other sites across the corporation. Continue Reading →
The Air/Oil system was first developed as a total-loss oil system to meet the specific needs of the high-speed bearing environment. Continue Reading →
Monitoring Wear Debris In Hazardous Environments
Kittiwake’s ATEX Metallic Wear Debris Sensor facilitates real-time wear debris monitoring for both ferrous and non-ferrous metals in hazardous areas. Capable of being mounted within any lubrication system, on any type of asset, it uses a combination of inductive-coil technology and algorithms to provide a particle- size distribution count. ATEX and IECEx certifications allow the product to be used in environments where explosive gases are likely to be present.
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Easy, Less-Messy Oil-Sampling
According to JLM Systems, the Pass-Thru technology on its recently introduced OILMISER™ Pass-Thru Sampling Valve (SV-PT) is a game changer for oil sampling. Designed with a plated steel body and Hex cap with chain tether, the device’s Pass-Thru feature allows a ¼” OD plastic tube or the OILMISER™ pass-through pitot tube to be inserted from the outside into the machine from which oil is being sampled. A tube seal/wiper strips surface oil from the sampling tube. The new SV-PT is available with a ¼”, 3/8”, ½” or ¾” NPT male pipe thread.
JLM Systems Ltd.
Richmond, BC, Canada
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Severe-Service Rotary Shaft Seals
Kalsi Enginering’s 568-Series Enhanced Lubrication rotary shaft seals were developed to reduce torque and seal-generated heat in the type of high-pressure surface applications where higher hydrodynamic leakage can be tolerated and thinner viscosity lubricants may be encountered. Dual Durometer configurations are available to augment high-pressure extrusion resistance. These seals are suited to oilfield surface applications like rotary blowout preventers, rotary heads and multi-port hydraulic swivels.
Kalsi Engineering, Inc.
Sugar Land, TX
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Cleanliness Indicators For Hydraulic Filters
Schroeder Industries’ MS Electrical Dirt Alarm® Indicator Series is suited for use with a range of the company’s hydraulic filters. The products alert users of the need to change out an element, thus helping maintain crucial fluid cleanliness. A crimped body design eliminates the need for the four bolts used in the product’s existing design, reducing cost and assembly time. A thermal lockout option can help prevent false indications during cold starts.
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Quick-Working Leak Sealant
StopIt HP™ from InduMar Products is a leak sealant for working pressures up to 2000 psi. To apply, users mix a premeasured, two-part sealant, wet a fibrous reinforcement tape and wrap it around the pipe surface. The sealant can be applied regardless of pipe orientation, and provides a durable coating approximately 5 mm thick. It has a working time of 8-10 minutes and requires as little as four hours to cure.
InduMar Products, Inc.
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We love to learn about LMT readers, including what they do in the field of lubrication (and what they like about their jobs)! Here’s what our May/June Lube Star told us:
Title: General Manager, CCECO Lab & Filtration, a manufacturer of fine-micron oil-filtration equipment with oil-analysis and lab services, headquartered in Kent, WA.
Background: Jim began working as a machinist at Star Iron and Steel, in Tacoma, WA, where he ran all aspects of building parts for container cranes and straddle carriers. From there, he moved to the Maintenance Department at the Port of Tacoma. At the time of his retirement (after 32 years of service), he was Lead Equipment Foreman for all Port Operations. During his time at the Port, Jim was responsible for implementing an oil-analysis program on all fleet vehicles and equipment (including installation of over 270 CCECO bypass filter systems). This successful program led to over $1.5 million in savings from reduced maintenance costs and extended oil-drain intervals for engines and hydraulic systems.
As Jim describes it, once retired, he couldn’t sit still. Equipped with the in-depth knowledge, skills and expertise in oil-contamination issues that he had built at the Port of Tacoma, he joined the CCECO organization in 2009. This career move has allowed him to continue doing what he likes best: providing training to and sharing his experiences with others. That includes presenting at industry events like the University of Washington’s Vehicle Maintenance Management Conference and the Kelmar Oil Analysis International Conference, among others.
Why He Became A Lubrication Professional: According to Jim, early in his career he could see how important clean oil was to reducing costs and extending the life of equipment. He notes that he “was trained by the best” in oil analysis and reasons for component failure, and the more he learned, the more he wanted to extend his work in the field.
What He Likes Most About His Work: Jim says he particularly enjoys the opportunity to educate others and see the light bulbs go off in their eyes. “Customers love seeing the positive impact of clean oil on their operations and contributing to reducing the United States’ dependence on foreign oil,” he explains. In turn, he continues, “I love helping them become better stewards of the environment that God has entrusted to us, and significantly reducing the use of a natural resource… OIL.”
Congratulations to Jim for being selected to our Lube Starz team! Our congratulations (and thanks) also go out to CCECO Lab & Filtration for helping us put a spotlight on Jim, as well as for helping grow the maintenance/lubrication profession.
Our caps are off to all hardworking Lube Starz, who’ll receive their own baseball caps for making the team. Up for the game? Go to www.lmtinfo.com/lubestarz to tell us about yourself! Follow the instructions for submitting your own application and photo and you might find your work-related profile in a future LMT issue. We look forward to hearing from you soon!