Archive | Lubrication Management & Technology

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 […]

11:12 pm
February 18, 2015
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Lubrication Checkup: ISO 55001 Certification

By Dr. Lube, aka Ken Bannister Symptom: “Our company wants the maintenance department certified to the new ISO 55001 Maintenance Standard within two years. Should we update our lubrication practices?”  Diagnosis: Any opportunity to review and update your lubrication practices should be embraced. A well-managed lubrication program is an integral part of any asset-management program, […]

7:37 pm
December 1, 2014
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Lubrication Checkup: Grease Delivery Lines

By Dr. Lube, aka Ken Bannister Symptom: “Recent fork-lift damage to one of our machines affected several steel grease-delivery lines connected to one of the Trabon automatic-greasing system’s lube blocks. Can I rely on the lube pump to pre-fill the replacement lines?” Diagnosis: A typical Trabon centralized grease-lubrication system consists of a pump assembly connected […]

3:51 pm
September 29, 2014
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Save Time and Money with Visual Oil Analysis

Four products from Des-Case simplify the process of obtaining critical oil-level and –quality information, even for hard-to-access equipment.  Time is money. And Des-Case knows that wasting either is not an option. According to the company, its line of Visual Oil Analysis products can save end-users time in monitoring the condition of their oil, as well […]

6:54 pm
September 28, 2014
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Detection Of Cooling-Water Intrusion Into Standby-Power Diesel Engines

This case study discusses pitfalls associated with the condition-monitoring of oil in a generator’s lubrication system. By Randall Noon, P.E. Diesel-engine generators, the stalwart mainstays of standby-power systems, offer several advantages: They efficiently provide electrical power, when needed, with the push of a button or automatically, perhaps, when under-voltage conditions in the grid trip their […]

7:14 pm
September 24, 2014
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From Our Perspective: Pushing The Reset Button

By Ken Bannister, Contributing Editor Visiting the home of friends recently, I noticed their children watching the 1993 Bill Murray movie Groundhog Day. For readers who aren’t familiar with it, the plot centers around a TV weatherman (played by Murray), who is sent to do a story on Pennsylvania’s “Punxsutawney Phil,” the infamous winter-weather forecasting […]

8:07 pm
September 23, 2014
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Lubricant-Health Monitoring: What We Test For

Keeping contamination and wear-particle levels in check is key to healthy lubricants and lubricated equipment. By Ken Bannister, Contributing Editor Lubricant-health monitoring provides the maintenance department an inexpensive predictive method for understanding the condition of a lubricant. Performing a comparative laboratory analysis of a used-oil sample against its identical virgin-oil sample allows the lab to […]

4:56 pm
September 23, 2014
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Lubrication Checkup: How to Correct SPL Failures

By Dr. Lube, aka Ken Bannister Symptom: “We use programmable single-point lubricators for our hard-to-reach equipment bearings and regularly perform preventive-maintenance (PM) checks to ensure the units are working properly. Those PM checks recently detected that a number of newly installed units have failed to deliver any grease in weeks, despite a full charge of […]