Machinery Lubrication

Machinery Lubrication November-December 2018

Machinery Lubrication magazine published by Noria Corporation

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Q: What have been some of the biggest project successes in which you've played a part? A: We had several costly and high downtime lubricant-related fail- ures in some of our machining centers. We were able to implement a kidney-loop-style oil fi ltering system, and that failure has essentially been eliminated on all of our machining centers. is was a big win for our team here at Elizabethtown. Also, I implemented an ultra- sonic leak detection program, which allowed us to save thousands on compressed air and welding gas leaks. is is also a signifi cant win for the environment by using less electricity to generate that wasted compressed air. Q: How does your company view machinery lubrication in terms of importance and overall business strategy? A: We realize that the majority of bearing failures are caused by lubrication issues, which has put the spotlight on how we can improve our lubrication program. We have come a long way in our oil and grease storage, grease application, oil transferring process, and all other lubrication practices in the past couple of years. Noria's training has been a big part of guiding us through that transition. Q: What do you see as some of the more important trends taking place in the lubrication and oil analysis fi eld? A: I think ultrasonic lubrication is defi nitely one of the top trends in the fi eld right now. Going from frequency and amount calculations to actually knowing how much grease a component contains is a huge win for the reliability world. Q: What has made your company decide to put more emphasis on machinery lubrication? A: As a lot of companies do, we focus on reducing production down- time. We look at the root cause of issues that cause downtime and have found lubrication-related faults to be a signifi cant player in that area. ML www . | November - December 2018 | 29 PENETRATES. LUBRICATES. PROTECTS. Unlike ordinary rust solvents, Penetro's exclusive oil-based formulation not only breaks through rust, it coats metal surfaces with a lubricating film that won't wash off. • Triple protection against rust. • Triples the life of hoist chains and sprockets. • Prevents thread stripping. 314.865.4100 START YOUR FREE SUBSCRIPTION

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