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Machinery Lubrication March April 2017

Machinery Lubrication magazine published by Noria Corporation

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20 | March - April 2017 | How to Determine Grease OIL ANALYSIS By Bill QueSnel, WeArcHeck cAnAdA Management Oil Analysis Best Practices for Using in There is no question that an effec- tive oil analysis program lowers maintenance costs on rotating equipment. The trick is knowing how to run an effective oil analysis program. Organizations must be proactive so the solution to an oil- related problem is not always an oil change. The real benefit of oil analysis is using the data to steer you toward solutions to eliminate lubricant issues. This article will describe the best practices for using oil analysis to monitor your lubrication management program. Getting Started Are you waiting until you have imple- mented basic lubrication management strategies before taking those first oil samples because you know the results will be bad? Don't hesitate to start your program. You likely will see many problematic oil samples, but that is no reason to delay sampling. Oil-related problems are opportu - nities for your lubrication program. The worse the problem is, the better the oppor- tunity for a cost-effective solution that will translate into big savings for your mainte- nance budget's bottom line. Start sampling before you begin making improvements in order to establish baselines on the condition of your lubricants and lubricated equipment within the plant. Addi- Lubrication

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