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Machinery Lubrication July-August 2019

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ML oil analysis programs. As for the practitioner-level benefi t, never underestimate the motivational power of a quality-driven culture combined with a purpose (e.g., earning an industry award) that is bigger than oneself. " is recognition has served as a great motivation and encouraged us to continue with our day-to-day best practices," said Juan José Gamboa Alvarez after the Newmont Mining facility won the 2010 Battle Award. Wanted: World-Class Programs It may surprise some readers that the Gill and Battle awards are open to all facil- ities with lubricated assets, regardless of their level of involvement with ICML. is means the applicant does not need to employ ICML-certifi ed professionals, nor must it be a sponsor of ICML certifi cation exams. ere are no such prerequisites. Any lubrication or oil analysis program can be nominated from any industry, so no two annual competitions are alike. Nonetheless, the awards are intended to recognize world-class excellence, which means that fl edgling lubrication or oil analysis programs generally would not make ideal candidates. Rather, an organization should seek to submit applications based on programs with demon- strable track records of success in best practices, sustainable results and continued improvements. To assist in this eff ort, ICML application surveys are quite thorough in their requests for detailed, provable information. A committee of subject-matter experts convenes each year to review completed applications, seek addi- tional data from applicants and debate the fi ner points of the criteria involving topics such as commitment to education, maintenance culture and management support, performance measurements, proactive/predictive mainte- nance, standardized procedures, technology integration, contamination control, lubricant selection and application methods, lubricant storage and handling, oil analysis sampling and strategies, and continuous improvement. With so many criteria to be addressed, completing the application process alone can help a plant identify the strengths and weaknesses in its ongoing program, as well as quantify and communicate its progress in ways not previously considered or documented. New Deadline for 2018 Awards For several years, ICML has announced its Gill and Battle award winners at the Reliable Plant Conference & Exhibition in April. is year, however, the organization has resched- uled the announcement for the Machinery Lubrication Conference & Exhibition in November. is change has resulted in the submission period being extended by several months. Completed applications for the 2018 Augustus H. Gill and John R. Battle awards will now be accepted through Aug. 31, 2019. If you know of a deserving facility, ICML wants to hear about it. If you have not completed or even begun your applica- tion to nominate a facility with a successful program, there is still time. Start preparing yours today through the ICML website at Applications completed after Aug. 31 will be considered for the 2019 awards, which will be announced in 2020. For a complete list of previous Gill and Battle award winners or to read their stories, visit the ICML website and click on "awards." ML Let Noria help you solve tough lubrication problems and discover the root cause of equipment and lubrication failures. For more information visit

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