Archive | Lubrication Management & Technology

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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