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Machinery Lubrication July - August 2018

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46 | July - August 2018 | www . Jacobs Named 2017 Gill Award Winner If you know of any organizations that deserve to be recognized for their machinery lubrica- tion or oil analysis programs, encourage them to apply for an ICML award. To submit a nomi- nation for one of ICML's recognition of excellence awards, visit Jacobs' Sean Hollis accepted the Augustus H. Gill Award from the International Council for Machinery Lubrication at the recent Reliable Plant Conference & Exhibition in Indianapolis. TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION e International Council for Machinery Lubrication (ICML) has selected Jacobs as the recipient of the 2017 Augustus H. Gill Award for excellence in oil analysis. e engineering company worked with NASA on developing a world-class oil analysis program at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Reliability engineer Sean Hollis accepted the award on behalf of Jacobs and the Test and Operations Support Contract (TOSC) during the recent Reliable Plant Confer- ence & Exhibition in Indianapolis. "We've been working toward this level of excellence since 2013, when the contract started, and we're looking forward to continuously improving throughout the rest of the contract," Hollis said. When Jacobs arrived on the scene at the Kennedy Space Center five years ago, company personnel began sorting through all the different contract requirements, regulations and executive orders that would need to align with NASA's guidelines. ey found that assets requiring oil analysis were not clearly defined. e operations department was focused on ensuring that the space shuttle was launched and not necessarily on performing oil analysis or trending the information. "We wanted to first get a list of critical assets," Hollis recalled. "We wanted to have a list of when samples were taken and when samples were required before major operations. We also wanted to be able to estab- lish sample frequencies on a routine basis, which required updating job plan procedures." e previous program had been providing inconsistent results without identifying root causes. It was discov- ered that system engineers were just filing away oil analysis reports because they didn't trust the results. "With the new contract and the new program, we had to change or adjust that culture," Hollis noted. "The resolution was partnering with the system engineers to resolve issues and concerns. Instead of just dropping a report on their desk and saying this is what we are finding, we had a conversation about it. at really showed ownership of the problem and allowed the system engineers to have a say in what we were finding in the oil analysis." With each department doing things a little differently, Jacobs consolidated the various procedures into easy, simple instructions. ey O i l A n a l y s i s

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