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Machinery Lubrication July - August 2018

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36 | July - August 2018 | www . GET TO KNOW Name: Carl Stevens Age: 61 Job Title: District Fleet Equipment Manager Company: Virginia Department of Transportation Location: Lynchburg, Virginia Length of Service: 25 years Stevens Has Learned the Importance of Lubrication Carl Stevens has been around lubrication all his life. His father worked for an oil distributor, so he learned at an early age the importance of lubrication and clean, dry applications. Today, Stevens is entering his 25th year with the Virginia Department of Transportation, with 22 years as the district fleet equipment manager. He routinely monitors various machines at four repair locations. is has resulted in planned and scheduled maintenance as opposed to costly, cata- strophic unplanned equipment failures. Q: What types of training and professional certifications have you obtained to reach your current position? A: I've been a member of the Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP) since 2002 with a certification in equipment management. Over the years, I've become certi- fied in various vehicle and equipment repair processes as well as management and human resources. I enjoy learning all I can about current and new technologies. Q: Are you planning to obtain additional training or achieve higher certifications? A: ere's nothing specific presently, but I try to stay informed as to anything and everything that may impact the industry, i.e., changes in lubricants and fuel as well as new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements for engines, natural gas, batteries, hydraulics, etc. Q: What's a normal work day like for you? A: I spend a significant amount of time searching for solutions to problems and root causes. I help people find ways to eliminate failures and look for better ways to be efficient, whether it's a process related to a repair, the application of a machine or crunching numbers that may reveal potential savings. Q: What is the amount and range of equipment that you help service through lubrication/oil analysis tasks? A: We have a robust fluid analysis program to help maintain more than 800 vehicles and machines in all weather conditions across 10 counties and 15,000 miles of infrastructure. is includes everything from pickups and dump trucks to off-road vehicles and equipment. Q: On what lubrication-related projects are you currently working? A: We recently changed from a conventional petroleum-based engine oil to a semi-synthetic product. is was the result of oil analysis showing that our off-road units were using up the additive package too soon. Q: What have been some of the biggest project successes in which you've played a part? A: By far the biggest success was when we stan- dardized our entire lubricant inventory. We went from 47 different products/manufacturers to 16 lubricants and one manufacturer. I literally had people calling to thank us. Q: How does your company view machinery lubrication in terms of importance and overall business strategy? A: It's a high priority, but to be honest, we are no different than other similar operations. Some of our people don't see the value as much as others, but we are consistently working to improve that. Be Featured in the Next 'Get to Know' Section Would you like to be featured in the next "Get to Know" section or know someone who should be profiled in an upcoming issue of Machinery Lubrication magazine? Nominate yourself or fellow lubri- cation professionals by emailing a photo and contact information to

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