Archive | Lubrication


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 […]


8:00 pm
May 18, 2015
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The Inner Life of Bearings, Part 2: Lubricant Selection And Application Frequencies

BY Neville Sachs, P.E. This overview of bearing geometries and operating conditions will help simplify the sometimes difficult process of choosing the right lubricant. Part 1 of this series explored the three types of common industrial bearings. This concluding installment offers quick tips from the real world on how to select the correct lubricants for these […]


7:54 pm
May 18, 2015
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The Route To Bearing Reliability

There are no shortcuts, but lubricating correctly makes it easy to follow. The right materials and procedures are key. Our recent “State of the Lubrication Nation Survey” revealed several roadblocks that prevent many North American industrial sites from moving toward implementation of Good Lubrication Practices (GLP) in their maintenance programs. When such practices aren’t implemented, […]


7:51 pm
May 18, 2015
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From Our Perspective: Protecting Your Golden Goose

By Ken Bannister, Contributing Editor Who among us is not familiar with Aesop’s Fables? One of my favorites is “The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs,” a poignant tale of greed and ignorance that has major implications for industrial operations. The story involves a farmer who was fortunate to own a goose that produced one […]


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, […]


7:41 pm
February 18, 2015
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Procuring The Highest-Quality Oil Sample

Oil samples can reveal a lot about the condition of your equipment. Make sure they’re accurate. By Ken Bannister, Contributing Editor As in all aspects of life, the end result of any endeavor is only as good as the effort put into the exercise and the quality of elements used to create the result. […]


7:29 pm
February 18, 2015
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The Inner Life of Bearings, Part 1: How Lubrication Really Works

What some personnel don’t know can hurt your equipment and processes. Expert advice bears repeating. By Neville Sachs, P.E. As a facility considers implementation of a sophisticated lubrication program, it’s not uncommon for someone to strongly insist that “oil’s oil,” and that “all our applications can be handled by one multi-purpose grease.” The numbers of […]


7:24 pm
February 18, 2015
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From Our Perspective: Revisiting the Power of Twofers and Threefers

By Ken Bannister, Contributing Editor Prior to the Christmas break I was fortunate to visit England with my eldest son and spend quality time with my elderly parents who were celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. Because geography has rarely favored such multi-generational get-togethers and, taking advantage of the situation as parents often do when […]