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October 4, 2013
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0910mplacetsubakiOil-Free Chain Cuts Downtime And Maintenance Costs 

U.S. Tsubaki’s Lambda® Chain delivers strong, reliable, clean operation without the need for additional lubrication. Suitable applications include packaging, food processing and others that need to be lube-free, or where manual lubrication is difficult or unfeasible. Since no lubrication is required, downtime and maintenance costs are reduced. According to the company, additional features and benefits include:

  • Oil-impregnated bushings that minimize chain elongation.
  • The ability to perform in temperatures up to 302 F.
  • Smooth roller engagement that reduces sprocket wear and replacement costs.

Lambda Chain is available in both drive and conveyor (with attachments) styles, with the same maximum allowable loads as U.S. Tsubaki’s standard chains.

U.S. Tsubaki Power Transmission LLC
Wheeling, IL


0910mplacechestertonAnti-Seize Food-Grade Lubricant

Chesterton’s 785FG is a high-performance anti-seize acceptable for use in the food and beverage industries. The lubricant is NSF-registered H1 for incidental food contact and does not contain PTFE or heavy metals. It was specifically developed to provide high-pressure thread lubrication for the assembly and disassembly of stainless steel and other common bolt-
ing metals used in the food industry. 785FG is available in 200 gm tubes, 500 gm brush-top cans or large bulk packaging.

A.W. Chesterton
Woburn, MA


0910mplaceamrriLubrication App For Motor Bearings

AMRRI’s LubeCoach EM app for the iPhone and iPad can help address precise lubrication requirements for the 85 most common electric motor bearings. Through a series of drop-down menus detailing bearing data, service factors and oil properties, the application calculates and transmits the data and results via email. Deliverables include relubrication frequency and amount (grams or ounces) and verification of the selected lubricant’s fitness for use.

Advanced Machine Reliability Resources, Inc.
Franklin, TN

0910mplaceexairCE-Compliant Coolant Cleaner

Independent laboratory tests now certify that EXAIR’s Chip Trapper™ meets the standards required to attain the CE mark. Chip Trapper offers a fast, easy way to clean large coolant sumps, removing solids such as chips, swarf and shavings. The debris-filled coolant or liquid is vacuumed into an included 55-gallon drum, trapping solids in a reusable filter bag. With a turn of the flow valve, clean liquid pumps back out. 

Exair Corp.
Cincinnati, OH


Multipurpose NSF H1 Greases

The ALLPLEX FMG Series of greases from Klüber offers multi-purpose, NSF H1 registered products for the food processing, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. A special additive package provides anti-wear and extreme pressure protection from corrosion. Equipment in wash-down environments benefit from the aluminum complex thickener system, which adds water resistance and a broad temperature range. ALLPLEX is available in multiple standard packaging options from drums to cartridges, and can be used as a single-point lubricator.

Klüber Lubrication
Londonderry, NH


0910mplaceskfExtreme-Temperature Bearings

SKF’s extreme-temperature bearings feature a graphite cage that lubricates the bearing at up to 350 C without the need for relubrication. According to the company, this allows operators in the metal industry to cut maintenance costs and boost reliability by replacing conventional grease-lubricated bearings. The extreme-temperature bearing is included in the SKF BeyondZero portfolio, which contains products that offer enhanced environmental performance characteristics.

Lansdale, PA


0910mplacegracoLube Pumps For Heavy-Duty Equipment

Graco’s Dyna-Star line of reciprocating pumps helps meet lubrication needs of heavy-duty equipment in mining, construction, fleet maintenance and other applications. The 24 VDC electric lubrication pump supplies grease to injector-based, series progressive and dual-line metering systems. The Dyna-Star HP (High Pressure) model is capable of 5,000 psi (344 bar) with a maximum output of 18 cubic inches per minute, while the Dyna-Star HF (High Flow) model is capable of 3,400 psi (241 bar) with a maximum output of 25 cubic inches per minute.

Graco, Inc.
Minneapolis, MN






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6:00 am
October 4, 2013
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From Our Perspective: Going Forward By Understanding The Past

ken bannister thumb thumb thumbBy Ken Bannister, Contributing Editor

I confess: I am again held captive by a new obsession! With no other older living relatives, it’s my octogenarian parents or, to be more specific, my octogenarian parents’ memories. Baby boomer me is now the self-appointed family genealogist. 

As the future caretaker of our family history, I find that visits to my parents have taken on greater meaning as I attempt to tap into their wealth of  recollections. The nice thing about talking with seasoned information caretakers is that they love to share their thoughts with you—including countless enlightening and perhaps long-forgotten “back in the day” factual nuggets. 

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September 18, 2013
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Boosting Your Bottom Line: Forget Guesswork — Tracking Boosts Reliability

motor-decisions-matterImproving your plant’s reliability is a gift that keeps on giving. In implementing effective motor management practices, you make your job as a maintenance professional easier by improving operating and production performance, lowering maintenance costs and reducing equipment downtime. The first step toward greater relia-bility is to conduct a plant-wide motor survey that records basic, but crucial, data about your motor fleet. 

It’s worth the time 
Although conducting a motor survey and implementing a tracking program may seem daunting, remember that it’s not necessary to survey every motor in the facility. If your site has many motors, it could make sense to start with equipment running the most critical applications, units with the longest run-times or highest failure rates, or simply the oldest ones. 

Maintaining a log of motor repairs through a tracking program can help flag opportunities to repair or replace motors before failure, during scheduled downtime. Some facilities have reported that it’s not unusual for a motor to be repaired and then installed in a different application in another part of the plant. Tracking programs record the unit’s history to help predict reliability or prevent misapplication. Your local motor-service expert can help you with a motor inventory.

Free help is available
There are also a number of motor tracking resources available that will not only make your life easier, but are free to download. One of the best-known tools is MotorMaster+ 4.0*, created by Washington State University through a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE). This software is a comprehensive program that enables you to create a detailed motor database. You can use the database to make data-driven decisions for long-term savings. It also contains important manufacturer information for more than 20,000 motors. 

What’s next?
A motor survey and tracking program are the first steps in developing a motor management plan. Simply put, you can only manage a motor fleet if you know what’s in it and monitor changes over time. That’s where Motor Decisions MatterSM (MDM) can help. 

The MDM Motor Planning Kit, available as a free download at, explains the fundamentals of motor management and helps you get started. The MDM 1·2·3 Approach software tool includes a motor inventory sheet that runs simple calculations and provides motor reports and tags, using sample data from customer plants and facilities. Additionally, MDM has a comprehensive case-study library with numerous examples of how customers saved money and energy by implementing motor management strategies, beginning with a motor inventory. Start tracking today, and enjoy the long-term benefits of increased reliability. LMT

* MotorMaster+ 4.0 is available here.

The Motor Decisions Matter (MDM)campaign is managed by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE), a North American nonprofit organization that promotes energy-saving products, equipment and technologies. For further information, contact MDM staff at or (617) 589-3949.

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