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Machinery Lubrication May-June 2017

Machinery Lubrication magazine published by Noria Corporation

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Page 45 of 76 | May - June 2017 | 41 scheduled lubrication tasks. These include critical lube checks, monitoring plant equip- ment, checking grease levels on automatic lube systems, looking for leaks, replacing injectors, taking equipment bearing tempera- tures with a temperature gun, pulling oil samples, changing breathers, and changing out gear reducer oil and kidney-loop filters. My lube room duties consist of cleaning, labeling, filtering and disposing of lubricants. I'm also involved in lubrication equipment design, installation and repair, as well as assisting our millwrights. Q: What is the amount and range of equipment that you help service through lubrication/oil analysis tasks? A: Seventy-five percent of our plant equip- ment is supported with oil analysis, beginning with the early stages of the coal-crushing process and ending with the loading and/or stocking of the product. Q: On what lubrication-related proj- ects are you currently working? A: I am currently working to design central- ized automatic lubrication for the plant's belt transfer system, upgrading the hydraulic filtration on the train load-out system, and updating the coal-crushing equipment lube systems to reduce overgreasing on drive roll bearings. Q: What have been some of the biggest project successes in which you've played a part? A: I believe the greatest success is Cloud Peak Energy's recognition and development of the asset management/plant reliability team, which is the driving force to raise the bar in best practices for plant lubrication. Q: How does your company view machinery lubrication in terms of impor- tance and overall business strategy? A: The millwrights, supervisors, planners and managers all support lubrication as a key factor in the maintenance group. Q: What do you see as some of the more important trends taking place in the lubrication and oil analysis field? A: Oil analysis and lubrication are assisting the lube tech's role in plant reliability to precisely diagnose and identify a machine's integrity. We draw the blood and check the pulse, so to speak. Q: What has made your company decide to put more emphasis on machinery lubrication? A: The coal industry has challenges, just as any other energy-producing industry with machinery maintenance requirements. Cloud Peak Energy is a proactive leader in mainte- nance practices, and lubrication is of the highest priority for our machinery. Products You Can Trust Quality Lubricants + Great Service Whether it's fixing an issue or finding the right product for your application, we want to put our years of expertise to work for your business. Summit Quality + Summit Service = Results. Let us know how we can best support you. To see all our products visit Kl├╝ber Lubrication NA LP 800.749.5823 //

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