“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination.”…Albert Einstein Ken Bannister, Contributing Editor At a recent international roundtable discussion, attendees were asked to define their version of a “World-Class” maintenance organization. Many rolled out the proverbial shopping list of “must haves.” These are attributes required by various maintenance award committees that have […]
Jane Alexander, Editor-In-Chief Bright spots in these gloomy times have been few and far between. When I hear about them—even anecdotally—I can’t wait to share them. Here’s a couple. Consider 3-ply toilet paper, which (forgive me), first rolled out last September. One of the most expensive bathroom tissues ever, its sales, apparently, have […]
Bill Kiesel, Vice President/Publisher I would have preferred to start out with a cheerier “Happy New Year” message. But, let’s face facts: we have a real challenge on our hands. Stock market turmoil, mortgage meltdowns, credit crises, plant closings, crooked investment advisors, you name it, the hits just keep coming. Over the last […]
It’s true. This predictive technology can be a powerful tool in an effective lube management program. Predictive maintenance (PdM) programs monitor equipment condition, with the goal of identifying problems in advance and avoiding equipment failure. One powerful tool for monitoring rotating equipment is infrared thermal imaging.
Part I: Are you Best-of-Class? Consider Specific Auditing Steps This publication is primarily devoted to upgrading the understanding and management of lubrication practices at industrial facilities. But upgrading lubrication practices is very rarely the only thing that a facility needs. Recognizing that fact, we also subscribe to the practice of “benchmarking.” It may be reasoned […]
As statistics go, these certainly grab your attention. Energy consumption is expected to increase by 20% over the next 15 years, and its cost and availability will have a substantial impact on the economic health of U.S. manufacturers and municipalities. The industrial sector accounts for approximately one-third of the energy consumed annually in the United […]
Regardless of where contaminants enter the distribution chain, the cleanliness of the lubricants in your facility is ultimately in your hands. The last four articles involved an investigation into oil cleanliness from the perspective of the three major links in the cleanliness chain: Oil cleanliness data was collected from each of the major links in […]
Multi-Tasking, High-Performing, Extreme-Duty Hydraulic Fluid Shell Lubricants has introduced Shell Tellus Oil STX, a multigrade hydraulic fluid for use in extreme conditions. Zinc-free and ashless, with high shear stability, its wide temperature range and 160 viscosity index allows operators to reduce the number of hydraulic grades, with one oil being able to operate in a […]