Machinery Lubrication

Machinery Lubrication November December 2015

Machinery Lubrication magazine published by Noria Corporation

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2 6 20 22 26 40 46 50 AS I SEE IT Avoiding the Pitfalls of Viscosity-starved Machines An oil's viscosity bears the load and def ines the extent of clear- ance achieved between working sur faces. Without viscosity, most machines would rapidly self-destruct with mechanical friction and wear. FROM THE FIELD Why Your Lubrication Program Needs a Champion A champion is the person within an organization who takes on the burden of ensuring that ever yone is on board and behind a specific project. Find out why having a champion is essential for any program's success. LUBE-TIPS Our readers offer advice on a host of lubrication-related issues, including tips on preventing oil contamination in gearboxes, the risks of grease separation, monitoring fire-resistant fluids and handling bearings with care. 2015 LUBE ROOM CHALLENGE Transforming Lubricant Storage and Dispensing Methods to Best Practices Machinery Lubrication magazine recently issued its annual Lube Room Challenge for readers to submit exceptional lube rooms that incorporate best-practice features. A number of readers were proud to show how their lubricant storage and dispensing methods have been transformed. More 34 ASK THE EXPERTS 36 PRODUCT SUPERMARKET 44 BOOKSTORE Editorial Features 32 GET TO KNOW 38 NOW ON MACHINERYLUBRICATION.COM Departments 30 PRODUCT NEWS 39 TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE HYDRAULICS The Safety Dangers of Hydraulic Accumulators In most plants, maintenance, production and safety managers are not aware of the dangers of hydraulic accumulators. Don't wait until someone is injured or killed in your plant to educate your personnel. IN THE TRENCHES Secrets for Refrigeration Compressor Lubrication Compressors are ver y sensitive components that must be prop- erly lubricated in order for them to achieve a long ser vice life. By understanding how lubricants flow with refrigerants as well as the requirements of the lubricant, you can ensure your compressors will run as efficiently and effectively as possible. CERTIFICATION NEWS Is Your Lube Tech Costing You Money? For the value of a lubrication technician to be recognized, it is important to understand the cost of failure, because cost is the ultimate voice for buy-in. BACK PAGE BASICS When and How to Use Friction Modifiers The purpose of lubrication is to reduce the amount of friction between two surfaces. In certain instances, the base oil or grease may not have enough lubricity to sufficiently perform this func- tion. In these cases, friction modifiers are often added to increase the oil's lubricity. Discover what friction modifiers are, how they work and when they should be used. November-December 2015 Contents 10 COVER STORY How to Determine Engine Oil Quality It is impossible to establish the quality of an engine oil by its appearance. Learn which laboratory bench tests can more precisely appraise oil quality as well as the value and significance of these types of tests.

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