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Machinery Lubrication July August 2021 Digital Edition

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40 | July - August 2021 | www . GET TO KNOW Name: Zack Walsh Age: 29 Job Title: Reliability Services Coordinator Company: Firefly Reliability Location: Ridgeway, Iowa Walsh Breaks Ground in the Reliability World Zack Walsh is part of a core group of young industry professionals who began developing Firefly Reliability in the fall of 2019. Firefly Reliability officially launched in early 2020, at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and has since been successfully developing data-driven reliability condition monitoring strategies. Zack has worn many hats during his time with Firefly and currently serves as the company's Reliability Services Coordinator. Q: When did you get your start in machinery lubrica- tion, and how did it happen? A: I was actually introduced to the world of machinery lubrication when I was working in the warehouse of an oil marketer as a lubricant delivery driver. While making deliveries, I was often asked product application questions by customers. After showing some aptitude for the product and the industry, I got some certifications under my belt. Since then, I have obtained multiple certifications and work every day to build on my industry experience and k nowled ge. C ombining condition-based monitoring practices, root-cause analysis and technical on-site services really appealed to me as the future of machinery lubrica- tion — all of which led to the creation of Firefly Reliability. Q: What types of training have you taken to get you to your current position? A: I have taken multiple classes and courses offered by STLE and ICML, but there are all kinds of training courses available. Even free webinars can be valuable. Growing your knowledge is the key, and you can't really go wrong if you are focused on that. Q: What professional certi- fications have you attained? A: I am certified by STLE as a Certified Lubricants Specialist and Oil Monitoring Analyst-I. I also have my Confined Space Certification — for those fun but hard-to-access jobs! Q: Are you planning to obtain additional training or achieve higher certifications? If so, why and which ones? A: I am currently working on getting certified by the ICML as a Machinery Lubri- cation Engineer. Once that is complete, I want to earn a Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional certi- fication from SMRP. I want to earn these certifications because they lend additional knowledge focused on the lubrication reliability industry. Q: What is a typical workday like for you? A: e great thing about the reliability industry is that no day is the same. If there were a norm, it would consist of a combination of organizing onsite services, equipment asset assessments and imple- menting lubrication reliability programs for our customers. Q: What lubrication-related projects are you currently working on? A: I am currently working on mitigation of varnish and particulate in a large gas turbine system. As anyone who has dealt with varnish before will tell you, each project is unique, and I anticipate this one will be interesting. Q: What have been some of the biggest project successes of which you've played a part in? A: All our successes at Firefly are big, but one job we completed last winter stands out: We were awarded a time-sensitive job with a scheduled scope of work that included onsite particle count, oil analysis, oil filtration, varnish mitigation and manual entry/cleaning of a 3,000- gallon reservoir associated with a large aluminum extrusion press. e interesting thing about this job was that the press was a completely custom machine, so there really was no manual to follow. Still, 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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