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Machinery Lubrication May-June 2019

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32 | May - June 2019 | www . 32 | May - June 2019 | www . GET TO KNOW Name: Ben Leonard Age: 27 Job Title: Maintenance Manager Company: Rehrig Pacifi c Co. Location: Lawrenceville, Georgia Length of Service: 1.5 years Lubrication Plays Integral Role for Rehrig Pacifi c's Leonard Ben Leonard began his career in lubrication while serving as a reliability engineer at a cement manufacturing company, where he was in charge of lube routes, oil sampling and predictive maintenance. He later worked as a maintenance planner and supervisor. Now as the maintenance manager for Rehrig Pacifi c, Leonard considers lubrication an integral part of everything his company does in the hydraulic injection molding fi eld. He also realizes the importance of continu- ally improving yourself in today's manufacturing world and sees certifi cation as a pathway to help both him and his plant continue to enhance their oil sampling, analysis and handling techniques. Q: What's a normal work day like for you? A: I normally work roughly 10-10.5 hours a day. During this time, I am working to plan and schedule large jobs, continuing to capture informa- tion regarding job plans, and looking for the most eff ective ways to improve and add to our proactive and predictive mainte- nance programs. I also spend a decent amount of time engaging my technicians by asking them for their take on certain issues or projects. I have a fantastic group of guys working with me, so I try to take full advantage of that. Q: Are you planning to obtain additional training or achieve higher certifi cations? A: I plan to achieve both Level I and II Machine Lubricant Analyst (MLA) certifi cations, and eventua lly become a certifi ed maintenance and reli- ability professional. Q: What is the amount and range of equipment that you help service through lubrica- tion/oil analysis tasks? A: I currently have 10 machines on which we perform oil sa mpling , ra nging f rom hot-plate welders to 880- and 3,200-ton hydraulic injection molding machines (HIMMs). We are currently looking to expand this program if we deem it to be eff ective. Q: On what lubrication- related projects are you currently working? A: I am currently working to remove varnish from some of our larger HIMMs with a company I found during last year's Reliable Plant Conference & Exhibition in Indianapolis. Q: What have been some of the biggest project successes in which you've played a part? A: In my previous career, I led and implemented a reli- ability-centered maintenance (RCM) analysis on a critical piece of equipment that saved the company several hundred thousand dollars in downtime. Q: How does your company view machinery lubrication in terms of importance and overall business strategy? A: I believe my company views lubrication as a top priority and rightly so, given the amount of hydraulic oil that we use every day for production. Q: What do you see as some of the more important trends taking place in the lubrication and oil analysis fi eld? A: I see us becoming smarter with oil ana lysis, proper handling and storage, and prevention of oil contami- nation. Small details have become the big talking points, especially with oil cleanliness and handling. ML 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 profi led 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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