Machinery Lubrication

Machinery Lubrication May-June 2017

Machinery Lubrication magazine published by Noria Corporation

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CASE STUDIES AND LEARNING SESSIONS Nearly 100 learning sessions on a variety of topics were available for attendees to choose from, including how reliability drives the bottom line, getting the most out of your maintenance efforts, best ways to predict and monitor system availability, and a complete guide to root cause analysis. Case-study presentations were given by a number of prominent end users, such as Nissan's Mark Beatty, who detailed how the Nissan North America plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, continued its journey to lubrica- tion excellence after winning the John R. Battle Award from the International Council for Machinery Lubrica- tion (ICML). Attendees learned how the plant was able to sustain its lubrication program, obtain management and employee buy-in, reduce downtime and save mon- ey, as well as how these same steps could be used to achieve results in any organization. In their session, John Sexton and Douglas Bowk- er of BASF discussed how to use key performance indicators (KPIs) to manage and improve a reliability program. They also offered real-world examples of a reliability dashboard and took the audience step by step through each part to show how it was developed, how it is used and what value it can add. Weyerhaeuser's Christopher Brokopp presented an intriguing case study on how to change a lubri- cation culture. The importance of proper lubrication fundamentals and the right lubricant quantities were addressed along with advice for utilizing technologies such as ultrasound and vibration. Paul Kimble and Jeremy Jeffers from the General Motors metal stamping plant in Marion, Indiana, de- scribed how their facility was able to develop an online vibration program for monitoring its stamping presses, which has resulted in detecting numerous anomalies and saving hundreds of hours of downtime. Attendees heard how the plant went from trying to collect vibra- tion data once a month with a handheld data collector to collecting data every hour, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year while monitoring more than 1,000 points. Michael Macsisak explained how Nestle Purina was able to successfully implement predictive main- tenance (PdM) at its plant in Allentown, Pennsylvania, including how the organization developed its PdM program and kept it moving forward, which PdM tools were the most effective, and how PdM helped the plant add to its bottom line. Ford Motor Company's Gordon Van Dusen and William Harmych revealed how Ford performs root cause analysis for its equipment failures using a team approach. A step-by-step process of conducting a root cause analysis and the importance of communi- cating your findings were shared as well as advice for selecting the right team for performing the analysis, identifying the root cause rather than the symptom and the advantages of integrating the analysis into a maintenance data system. "I attended every session I could, and they were all good," said Elvis Reid, maintenance supervisor at the Saint-Gobain Abrasives plant in Brownsville, Texas. "It was all new information to me. The most benefi- cial part for me was just learning about how to clean hydraulic oil and how important it is. We are going to start analyzing our hydraulic oil in our presses and cleaning the oil, and I think I now have enough infor- mation to get the ball rolling. I got a lot of contacts." ML

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