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 […]

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 […]