Archive | Lubrication Management & Technology


6:54 pm
February 8, 2016
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Take Oil-Sample Analysis To the Cloud

Working together, an end user, an oil lab, and a reliability service provider improved an important predictive-maintenance technique and gained a wealth of reliability benefits. By Jane Alexander, Managing Editor, with Kevin McGehee, Reliability Manager, Chemicals Div., Axiall Corp. For years, the oil-sample analysis process was swimming in paper. Each sample was documented in its own analysis report, […]


5:28 pm
January 12, 2016
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Lubrication Strategies: Several Hands Responsible For This Oil Debacle

The actions of personnel can either lead to great success in lubrication programs or, as this case study shows, to costly calamity. By Ken Bannister, MEch Eng (UK), CMRP, MLE, Contributing Editor Winston Churchill wrote, “Responsibility is the price of greatness.” These words have special meaning for those of us in the lubrication field. In organizations that seek […]


8:17 pm
December 17, 2015
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Hardness, Lubrication, Are Keys To Gear Inspection

To realize maximum life from the gears and reducers in your plant, pay attention to their metallurgies and the operating viscosities of their lubricants. By Neville Sachs, P.E. In a typical facility, gears are usually the most common method of transmitting power and changing shaft speeds. Vast numbers of equipment systems, from cooling towers to paper […]


8:02 pm
December 17, 2015
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Synthetics Meet Today’s Lubricant Challenges

As machine designs evolve and energy efficiency remains a priority, synthetic lubricants are providing reliability professionals with an improved return on investment. By Grant Gerke, Contributing Editor Synthetic lubricants are quietly finding new footing in manufacturing. Maintenance teams and reliability programs are learning more about how polyalphaolefins, glycols, and esters achieve better viscosity at higher […]


6:08 pm
December 17, 2015
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Consider Lubricant Temperature

Temperature is critical to the performance and life expectancy of lubricants and the components they protect. By Ken Bannister, MEch Eng (UK), CMRP, MLE, Contributing Editor In the lubrication world, temperature presents an interesting paradox and irony. The paradox is that lubricants require heat to flow efficiently over and around surfaces, most commonly bearings. However, if the temperature gets […]


4:04 pm
December 15, 2015
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Des-Case Adds OilMiser Products to Lube Filtration Portfolio with JLM Systems Acquisition

Lube-filtration leader Des-Case Corp. (Goodlettesville/Nashville, TN) has announced the acquisition of Canada’s JLM Systems Ltd., (JLM), best known in industry for its comprehensive line of OilMiser products. The OilMiser offering includes a wide range of oil-mist adapters, oil- sampling products, reservoir aspirators, equipment adapters, and more to protect gearboxes and hydraulic reservoirs from harmful contamination. JLM’s Vapor Guard oil-mist adapter, which enables oil to […]


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 […]