Archive | Lubrication Management & Technology

3:22 pm
November 12, 2015
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Universal Flow Monitors Upgrades Variable-Area Flowmeter Line with HART Protocol Options

Hazel Park, MI-based Universal Flow Monitors (UFM) now offers a HART protocol option on variable-area vane- and piston-style flowmeters for use in challenging lubrication environments. Optimized for specific lubrication fluids, these devices offer an additional mechanical-switch option to back up the transmitted signal. Variable-area flowmeters are commonly used to provide cost-effective local indication of small liquid or gas flows in the petroleum, […]

12:16 am
October 2, 2015
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U.S. Tsubaki Rolls Out High-Performance, Extended-Life Titan Series Chain

U.S. Tsubaki Power Transmission (Wheeling, IL) has added Titan Series Chain to its extensive Roller Chain line-up. According to the manufacturer, Titan Series Chain incorporates the best features of Tsubaki’s standard ANSI chain coupled with new and unique features like “Titan specific” chain construction to outperform other extended-life products. Components includes special coated pins and pin links, black […]

7:04 pm
August 6, 2015
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Keep Hydraulic Fluids Contaminant Free

Hydraulic systems rely on vital fluids to transfer and amplify power and lubricate critical components. Protecting those fluids from contamination should be a top priority. By Ken Bannister, CMRP, MLE, Contributing Editor Despite their complexity, hydraulic systems are very forgiving beasts—almost too forgiving for their own good. They’ll tend to perform inefficiently for a long time before […]

7:34 pm
July 8, 2015
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Lubrication Strategies: Beware Grease Incompatibilities

When two incompatible greases are mixed, either deliberately or accidentally, the results can be disappointing, if not devastating. By Jane Alexander, Managing Editor The problems associated with grease incompatibility manifest themselves in various ways. According to bearing manufacturer NSK Americas, Ann Arbor, MI, scenarios include: A lab technician tests grease from a problem bearing and finds […]

7:22 pm
July 8, 2015
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Lubrication Strategies: Online Lube Training — Caveat Emptor

When it comes to lubrication best practices, information gleaned from online forums and posted videos could cost your operations. By Ken Bannister, CMRP, MLE, Contributing Editor “Free” extracts a price. Loyalty programs that provide point-based gifts track our spending habits and sell the data to other retailers. “Free” smart apps, offered in a restricted format, often […]

7:09 pm
July 8, 2015
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Troubleshoot Hot Hydraulics

High oil temperatures in industrial hydraulic systems can lead to a world of hurt. Don’t let them get you down. By Jane Alexander, Managing Editor Remember that hydraulic system running at 145 F last fall? The one you didn’t worry about with cooler weather on the way? In the middle of summer, it could be operating even […]

6:37 pm
June 12, 2015
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Lubrication Checkup: Oil “Lumps” Blocking Injectors

By Ken “Dr. Lube” Bannister Symptom We have experienced lubricant-injector failures in a number of our conveyor lubricators. We’ve used the same brand of high-temperature chain oil for the past five years without issue, except for the last drum. In that drum, we discovered coagulated “lumps” floating in the oil. The oil supplier is blaming our […]

8:05 pm
April 10, 2015
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Release of LOAMS 2.0 Lube Software Sets Stage for Global Expansion of Oil Condition Monitoring Services by Analysts, Inc.’s Parent Bureau Veritas

Analysts, Inc., has released version 2.0 of its Lube Oil Analysis Management System (LOAMS). The new software appears to provide a platform for an aggressive global expansion of oil condition monitoring (OCM) services by the company’s parent, Bureau Veritas. This latest LOAMS software release enhances the application’s sample and equipment management features and expands data mining functionality. Additional updates include […]