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Machinery Lubrication Jan-Feb 2018

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30 | January - February 2018 | www . GET TO KNOW Name: Gary Bennett Age: 61 Job Title: Washer Maintenance PM Mechanic Company: The Mosaic Co. Location: Bradley, Florida Length of Service: 43 years Bennett Brings Lubrication Experience to Mosaic Gary Bennett has worked for Mosaic and its preceding companies in the phosphate mining industry for more than 43 years. After starting as a laborer when he was 18 years old, he spent the next six years in various operations positions, including as a sizer operator, locomotive operator and flotation plant operator. Bennett began working in machinery lubrication when he entered the maintenance apprenticeship trainee program. Following a few years as a general mechanic, he started performing preventive maintenance (PM) tasks and became more involved in lubrication. Over the past two years, he has helped the Four Corners Mine make tremendous improvements in its PM process by establishing a lube room, filtering oil, using best practices for contamination control, greasing motors using ultrasound technology and performing oil sampling. Q: What types of training have you taken to get to your current position? A: I completed a four-year maintenance appren- ticeship program to become a mechanic. Since then, I have completed Mosaic's Precision Main- tenance training course, Machine Lubrication Technician Level I training, and Machine Lubri- cant Analyst Level II training. Q: W hat professional certif ications have you attained? A: I have obtained the Machine Lubrication Tech- nician Level I (MLTI) and the Machine Lubricant Analyst Level II (MLAII) certifications. Q: What's a normal work day like for you? A: I clock in at 7 a.m. and attend the morning maintenance meeting with my fellow mechanics to get the day's assignments. If I am not assigned anything specific to repair, I start my PM route by checking the oil level and condition of my pumps. I set up my filter cart and generator on a pump bearing assembly to be filtered for that day. During my PM route, I make small repairs to equipment as needed. I record temperature and vibration readings, report my findings on a PM sheet and enter follow-up work orders. Once a week I do PMs on a hydraulic system in the washer, which involves checking the reservoir's oil condition, the kidney-loop filter for proper operation, the breather condition and for leaks in the system. I also perform monthly oil sampling, grease motors using ultrasound every three months and complete the daily 5-S check of the lube room. Q: W hat is the amount and range of equipment that you help service through lubrication/oil analysis tasks? A: I maintain more than 30 pumps, one hydraulic system that powers more than 20 valves, and use two oil-filtering units. e 30 pumps are a mixture of horizontal slurry pumps (direct and belt driven) and vertical water pumps, with motors that have oil-lubricated bearings and an automatic grease system for the pump bushings. Q: On what lubrication-related projects are you currently working? A: I am currently assembling a trailer that will house a generator and second filter cart for pump bearings. I am also actively installing oil sample ports and quick connects on the pump bearing assemblies. In addition, I am continuing to help develop our motor greasing program using ultrasound tech- Be Featured in the Next 'Get to Know' Section Would you like to be featured in the next "Get to Know" section or know someone who should be profiled in an upcoming issue of Machinery Lubrication magazine? Nominate yourself or fellow lubri- cation professionals by emailing a photo and contact information to

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