Machinery Lubrication

Machinery Lubrication May-June 2017

Machinery Lubrication magazine published by Noria Corporation

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ubrication-related equipment fail- ure is a problem that plagues industrial facilities of all sizes and stripes. By some estimates, it causes as much as $1 trillion a year in reactive maintenance, unplanned down- time and lost productivity across the United States. These failure rates associated with lubrication also haven't budged in the past two decades. This is especially troubling for industrial operators who have sunk billions of dollars into sophisticated maintenance management systems and predictive mainte- nance tools designed specifically to reduce downtime. Still, the problem is not getting better. How can that be? A small but growing number of reliability engineers think they have found an answer. They are rediscovering the value of returning to the basics and are applying innovative tech- nology to old-school preventive maintenance. Yes, you read that right. It turns out that the newest weapon in the fight against machine failure isn't new at all, but it works. It is also generating substantial savings along the way. Lessons from the Medical Field Benjamin Franklin had it right more than two centuries ago with his adage, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." While this wisdom is indisputable, it's astonishing how often it is ignored. For instance, take the L By Bill Correll, Generation Systems 6 | May - June 2017 |

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