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Machinery Lubrication November-December 2017

Machinery Lubrication magazine published by Noria Corporation

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8 | November - December 2017 | www . 11. Requirements for a World-class Lube Program e best lubrication programs, often referred to as world class, are those that have world- class lubrication technicians, use world-class lubricants and deploy world-class procedures. 12. Collaborate for Lubrication Excellence Lubrication excellence is a collaborative process. By taking an active role in testing new lubricants and giving constructive feedback to your supplier, incremental improvements in lubricant quality are bound to result. 13. Don't Waste Your Money Saving money by buying cheap oil is almost always a false economy. On the other extreme, buying quality oil to remedy bad lubrication is also a false economy. 14. Know the Dangers of Grease Incompatibility Contemplating a switch of grease products brings to light the critical issue of compati- bility. Before implementing a new product, plant and maintenance engineers must weigh all consequences of grease intermixing and the impact on equipment reliability, production levels and the bottom line. 15. Plan and Research for a Better Lube Room A world-class lube room is not built over- night. e planning and research required are more time-consuming than the actual construction work. 16. The Importance of a Good Education Training and education develop top-drawer lubrication skills and can give the dollop of grease and the rolling-element bearing a long, happy life. 17. How to Sell Your Project It is incumbent upon the lubrication professional to translate a technically oriented program proposal into results that a manager understands and values. Whether you are selling your project to the executive suite or the maintenance managers, fit the message to the audience. 18. Ensure Fluid Cleanliness Maintaining fluid cleanliness is a job that's never done. It involves a relentless cycle of sampling and remedial action as necessary to ensure the appropriate cleanliness level is continuously maintained. 19. Slow Down When Applying Grease Do not rush the application of grease, as this can lead to oil bleeding in the feed line. Instead, apply using a constant force. Also, if the action is too fast, grease will leak at the labyrinth seals. 20. Detecting Bearing Distress rough the prudent use of temperature and vibration monitoring equipment, routine oil analysis, lubrication system evaluations and machine operational performance reviews, bearing distress may be identified and evalu- ated before catastrophic failure occurs. 21. When to Outsource Lubrication Under the right circumstances, when machinery lubrication is outsourced to create value and competitive advantage, not just to cut costs and/or window-dress the organiza- tion, it can be a winning strategy. It can help foster or perpetuate a "best-in-world" attitude. 22. Beware of Overheated Hydraulic Systems Continuing to operate a hydraulic system when the fluid is over-temperature is similar to operating an internal combustion engine with high coolant temperature. Damage is guaran- teed. erefore, whenever a hydraulic system starts to overheat, shut it down, identify the cause and fix it. 23. Invest in Reliability Improvements made to assure proper lubri- cation of your equipment will yield benefit 14 16 COVER STORY - 100 th ISSUE

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