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November 26, 2013
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We’re Moving (And So Are You)

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By Jane Alexander, Deputy Editor

As someone who is preparing to leave one long-time home, so to speak, and move to a new one (more on that later), you might think I’m writing this column with a heavy heart. I’m not. Although Contributing Editor Ray Thibault has announced that his article in this issue is the last regular one he’ll write for us, we’re by no means saying so long. Instead, we say thanks so much, Ray, for nine years of great articles in LMT and its predecessor, Lubrication & Fluid Power. We’re hoping to see more of him, from time to time, when LMT is ensconced in its new digs: That would be Maintenance Technology & Asset Performance magazine and a power-packed, all-things-lube portal now under construction.

The November/December 2013 issue is, in fact, LMT’s last as a stand-alone print publication. Starting in February 2014, it will come to you every other month as a supplement in Maintenance Technology & Asset Performance (which, if they don’t already have one, current LMT print-edition subscribers will automatically receive a subscription to). 

This move is a no-brainer for us: We’ve been considering it for some time. As we all know, lubrication and its associated technologies and methods are among the most important factors in assuring the levels of asset performance that today’s industries crave. LMT’s home in Maintenance Technology & Asset Performance magazine sets in place an ideal one-stop shop from which to deliver the type of comprehensive best-practice and product information that helps lubrication-management professionals successfully support their organizations’ quest for equipment and process reliability. 

Those of us on the LMT team thank you for your loyalty over the years. We’re also very excited about seeing and serving you in our new home. Stay tuned. You’ll be hearing from us soon. LMT

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2:39 pm
November 26, 2013
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The Corporate Report 2013: NSK Corporation

NSK’s Asset Improvement Program (AIP) provides real answers to real problems. Our AIP program is not a disguised attempt to sell you so-called “solutions”; it is in fact, a well-proven platform that combines your own knowledge of the working environment, culture, processes and problems in your business, with the engineering expertise and innovation of NSK.  Our solutions are quantifiable and measureable in terms of lowered costs, increased efficiencies, and reduced downtime; resulting in increased profitability.

What makes NSK’s AIP program different and more successful is the close working dialogue we have with our clients to identify and understand the problems that affect them, as well as the impact of these problems on their business financially. We are committed to helping solve problems that are costing you valuable time and money, by offering you a real opportunity to unlock additional profitability through improved machine reliability and increased working knowledge.

Our AIP program works with you through a structured, pre-planned approach called the AIP Value Cycle. The Value Cycle consists of five stages: Situational Analysis, Value Proposition, Value Implementation, Value Measurement and Shared Best Practice. NSK progressively works with you at every stage of the AIP Value Cycle to help you see the potential savings available and ensures that you achieve the stated benefits.

For more information on how NSK’s AIP Program can benefit your company, including real-world industry success stories, click here.

1112crnskNSK Corporation
4200 Goss Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Ph: 800.675.9930

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2:37 pm
November 26, 2013
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The Corporate Report 2013: Des-Case Corporation

Des-Case understands the importance of fluid cleanliness and the role it plays in helping equipment investments last longer. For more than 25 years, we’ve pioneered solutions to help maintain lubricant quality specific to your applications. Featuring designs unparalleled in the marketplace, Des-Case products are used wherever lubricant life and performance are essential to daily operations.

Industry-Leading Manufacturer of Dessicant Breathers

  • Continuous innovation: Des-Case invented the desiccant breather and continues to design new innovations.
  • Widest variety of high-value solutions: From small gearboxes to large hydraulic systems or storage tanks, Des-Case breathers are engineered to last and are matched with your specific needs.

A Full Line of Fluid-Handling Products & Adapters

  • Easily customizable: Des-Case filtration systems can be easily configured to your exact needs. Larger systems are also designed to your specs.
  • Rugged design/thousands of options: Des-Case systems incorporate smart technology to make contaminant filtration a simple task, requiring less equipment and labor, while reducing system contamination.

Lubrication Transformation: Putting Best Practices Into Practice

  • Consultation services and in-depth training:  We specialize in helping companies pinpoint lubrication issues and identify ways to address them, including plant surveys, one-day best-practice overviews and intensive training classes with ICML certification options.
  • A knowledgeable team:  Our Lubrication Transformation program is man-aged by lubrication engineers with years of in-plant experience. Visit our Website to learn more about how we can help you take the next step in your best-practice journey.

Whenever you’re in need of contamination control, you can count on Des-Case to provide the right products and services to keep you up and running.

1112crdescaseDes-Case Corporation
675 N. Main Street
Goodlettsville, TN 37072
Ph: 615.672.8800

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2:35 pm
November 26, 2013
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The Corporate Report 2013: U.S. Tsubaki Power Transmission

1112crtsubaki1U.S. Tsubaki Power Transmission, LLC is a leading manufacturer and supplier of state-of-the-art power transmission and motion control products and is a global leader in roller and conveyor chain production. U.S. Tsubaki is the largest global subsidiary of Japan’s Tsubakimoto Chain Company, which was founded in 1917. Today, Tsubaki’s products are marketed in over 70 countries. U.S. Tsubaki’s corporate headquarters and main distribution warehouse are just outside of Chicago in Wheeling, IL, and it has full manufacturing facilities in Holyoke, MA, and Sandusky, OH. In addition to this it has service centers strategically located in Los Angeles, CA; Dallas, TX; Atlanta, GA; Philadelphia, PA; and Anoka, MN.

The TSUBAKI name is synonymous with excellence in quality, dependability and customer service. An intense focus on research and development, along with constant modernization of its production facilities are among the key components in Tsubaki’s ability to successfully meet the ever-changing needs of the marketplace. Leveraging its vast, international network of corporate and industrial resources, U.S. Tsubaki offers customers the finest power transmission products in the world. According to the company, it is well positioned to meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond as it strives to be the “Best Value” supplier in the industry.

Tsubaki’s global presence affords the company with unprecedented opportunities to market advanced new products and technologies, and to utilize the intellectual assets of what it characterizes as “some of the brightest minds in business and engineering from around the world.” This strength, combined with its continuous improvement of quality and processes, has U.S. Tsubaki poised for lasting growth now, and well into the future.

U.S. Tsubaki’s industrial group is currently comprised of four business units: the Roller Chain Division, Engineering Chain Division, Power Transmission Components Division (which includes Sprockets) and the KabelSchlepp Cable & Hose Carrier Division. 

The Roller Chain Division provides some of the most versatile products on the market. Tsubaki innovations have yielded popular problem solvers such as self-lube Lambda® series chain, corrosion-resistant Neptune® chain, fatigue-resistant Super Chains, and rugged Energy Series™ oilfield chains and attachment chains. 

The Engineering Chain Division offers heavy-duty chains designed specifically to meet the demanding needs of a vast array of industries—all designed to prolong wear life under rigorous operating conditions. They use various grades of steel, heat-treated to precise specifications and assembled with accurate press-fits to withstand the requirements of today’s powerful, high-production equipment. 

Tsubaki Sprockets are built from top-grade, heat-treated carbon steel to offer long wear life, resist abrasion and withstand heavy shock loads. Precision manufacturing at their ISO-certified facilities ensures that every U.S. Tsubaki sprocket stands up to critical design specifications and meets the highest quality standards. 

Tsubaki’s Power Transmission Components line includes all Tsubakimoto products other than chain and sprockets. A partial list consists of belts, cam clutches, actuators, dampers, overload protection and reducers. 

The KabelSchlepp Division pro-duces world-class cable and hose carriers in a wide range of sizes and types for a variety of environments. From lightweight micro-sized mono cable carriers to enormous super-duty steel chain designs, Tsubaki KabelSchhlepp has the perfect solution for any application. Wherever shorter production times, faster installation, higher machine cycles, longer service life and better overall value are desired, Tsubaki KabelSchlepp can help.

*Tsubaki is an ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14000 registered company.

1112crtsubaki2U.S. Tsubaki Power Transmission, LLC.
301 E. Marquardt Dr.
Wheeling, IL 60090
Ph: 800.323.7790

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November 26, 2013
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The Corporate Report 2013: Royal Purple LLC

1112crrp1Royal Purple was founded as an industrial lubricants company by John Williams, a pioneer in developing synthetic lubricants. In the early 1980s, Williams was asked by an oil production company to solve chronic bearing failures in their large compressors. He set out to produce a lubricant with the ability to handle the extreme demands of equipment. 

New Lubricant Technology
Williams’ work resulted in a new additive technology that fortified lubricants with an unusually high film strength capable of protecting rotating-equipment components under extreme operating conditions. In addition, the technology had exceptional oxidation stability for long oil life and provided outstanding protection against rust and corrosion in both wet and high temperature applications. This new additive technology—called Synerlec®—became the cornerstone of the Royal Purpleproduct line. Synfilm® GT is one of the innovative products that uses Synerlec technology. 


  • Synfilm® GT is Royal Purple’s most versatile lubricant. In the appropriate viscosity grade, it is recommended for use in gas and steam turbines, centrifugal compressors, pumps, vacuum pumps, blowers, bearings, gears, worm gears and more. It is a long-life, high-film-strength, energy-efficient, synthetic lubricant that significantly increases bearing life and equipment reliability.
  • Synfilm GT gains its performance advantages over competing mineral and synthetic oils through its superior blend of synthetic base oils plus Royal Purple’s proprietary Synerlec additive technology. This unique additive technology is proven to make equipment run smoother, cooler and quieter, as well as more reliably and efficiently.

1112crrp2Performance Advantages

  • High Film Strength: Synfilm GT protects bearings far beyond the ability of other turbine oils, carrying significantly greater loads.
  • Long Oil Life: Synfilm GT has out-standing oxidation stability that greatly extends oil change intervals while keeping equipment clean. 
  • Saves Energy: Synfilm GT has an extremely low coefficient of friction that is proven to save energy over conventional oils. In rotating equipment these savings frequently exceed the total cost of the oil within several months making what was once an oil expense a profit. 
  • Excellent Corrosion Protection: Synfilm GT’s tough oil film forms an ionic bond on metal surfaces, which acts as a preservative oil during shutdown and provides instant lubrication at startup.
  • Synthetic Solvency: Synfilm GT’s natural solvency cleans up dirty equipment and keeps it clean.

Though the Synfilm GT formulation has the ability to reliably lubricate many different types of equipment, Royal Purple produces a complete range of high performance lubricants for nearly every industrial application.  

1112crrp3Royal Purple LLC
1 Royal Purple Lane
Porter, TX 77365
Ph. 888.382.6300

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November 26, 2013
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The Corporate Report 2013: OILSAFE by Fluid Defense


The OilSafe® Visual Lubrication Management System from Fluid Defense Systems is the company’s easy-to-implement, flagship innovation that helps users keep their storage areas clean and safe and prove their commitment to best practices. 

Providing a Range of Benefits     
Customizable, visually intuitive labels ensure consistent fluid identification throughout the manufacturing environment. The OilSafe Work Center provides safe, compact bulk storage and contamination control to promote best practices for lean manufacturing, 5Rs, 5S and OSHA® right-to-know compliance. In-line filtration and precise-pour transfer containers simplify maintenance and safeguard workflow. As a result, plants benefit from a complete system that covers the entire process loop and works with any existing maintenance process.

“Our OilSafe transfer containers and labels have long been the industry standard to reduce contamination and spills. We recognized a need in the market to add bulk storage and dispensing to create a fully integrated system for managing lubrication from delivery to point of application,” explains John Gillian, Chief Executive Officer for Fluid Defense. “That’s why we’re proud to introduce the OilSafe Work Center.”

The OilSafe Work Center is the only modular, scalable bulk system of its kind. Each tank has its own pump and built-in filtration to prevent fluid cross-contamination and keep fluid storage areas organized, clean and free of the 55-gallon drums that are commonly used. According to Gillian, “It’s a safe and reliable solution that helps companies across the world instantly establish bulk-storage best practices on the plant floor and prevent the inefficiencies, downtime and lost production that can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.”

Serving a Range of Applications
The OilSafe Work Center has been successfully implemented in applications such as manufacturing, mining, food and beverage, defense and more. Available in multiple configurations, each system is customizable to suit the application and budget. The scalable, plug-and-play design extends the life of the Work Center, minimizing downtime and increasing efficiency. In addition, the palletized, fully assembled pods allow for quick set-up and efficient transport.

After years of delivering strong results, OilSafe has become the recognized standard in several key industries. Fluid Defense’s dealer network has a distribution reach into more than 45 countries and is partnered with world-class suppliers. 

To learn more about the OilSafe Work Center and the OilSafe Visual Lubrication Management System, visit

1112crfluid2OILSAFE by Fluid Defense
2001 Greenfield Road
Montgomery IL, 60538
Ph: 630.280.8930

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2:24 pm
November 26, 2013
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The Corporate Report 2013: Air Sentry

1112crairsentry1Air Sentry® is a leading manufacturer of contamination control products, preventing cross contamination of lubricants and keeping particulates and moisture from entering industrial machinery: Gearboxes, reservoirs, and storage tanks that hold lubricants and fuels that utilize our products are kept clean and dry, allowing for optimum lubricant performance.

Air Sentry is an advocate of Reliability Centered maintenance—teaching and assisting customers in improving facilities and maintenance programs, conducting plant surveys and increasing awareness to improve lubrication practices and reduce maintenance costs. By providing devices designed to keep dirt and moisture out of lubricating fluids and fuels, Air Sentry products ensure longer fluid life. This extends the life of critical machinery and equipment, and significantly reduces costs for equipment repair and replacement, and unplanned downtime. 

Innovation Drives Us
Air Sentry’s history of innovation dates back to the very beginning. We were first to design solid desiccant beds, allowing for more desiccant, longer life, and better value for the end-user. We were the first to design breathers with replacement cartridges to further reduce costs and environmental waste. We were first to integrate check valve technology into breathers to extend the life of the desiccant. Older designs resulted in desiccant being wasted drying air around the equipment. Air Sentry check valve designs dry only air drawn into equipment, significantly extending the life of the device and reducing costs. 

ColorGuard®—aluminum color-coded adapter kits—work with other color-coded storage and transfer systems and allow visual identification of contents to prevent cross contamination. Cust-omers can filter, fill and sample lubricants, through quick connects, without opening the vessel to atmosphere. This streamlines maintenance and eliminates fluid handling issues. Drum, hydraulic-reservoir, domed-flange and gearbox adapter kits are available in eight distinct colors.

New Breather. New Rules. New Standard.
With the launch of a revolutionary new series, we’ve taken the gold standard to the next level. Guardian® incorporates prior innovations and several industry-first features, enabling it to last longer and significantly reduce cost and maintenance intervals.

The Modular Stack Ring allows for multiple configurations specific to our customer’s needs. The Isolation Check Valve protects the adsorbent from exhaust air and allows installation over fuels and volatile fluids without harm to the desiccant. 

Guardian is the first breather constructed of Tritan™ for the best combination of chemical, temperature and impact resistance on the market, allowing installation in the harshest environments.

The Guardian Shield prevents free water from equipment wash-down or driving rain from forcing open the airflow check valves and excessive dust and dirt from settling on the valves in harsh environments like paper mills or coal mines.

Every innovation has been made to reduce the cost of employing world-class maintenance practices. Air Sentry has been setting the bar for longer breather, fluid and equipment life since 1997, and we’re just getting started.

1112crairsentry2Air Sentry
930 Whitmore Drive
Rockwall, Texas 75087

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