Machinery Lubrication

Machinery Lubrication March April 2018

Machinery Lubrication magazine published by Noria Corporation

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for a given plant or job site. is is especially helpful when a specialized inspection instru- ment or tool is used on only a few machines or inspection points. Its use can be scheduled and a route established. For example, a portable water contamination tester (for lubricants) may only be needed on machines that are used intermittently and are near water sources. In other cases, it might not be a particular tool but rather a specific skill that only one inspector has, such as training in ultraviolet leak detection. Most inspections are performed daily by the same inspectors or operators who are assigned to a group of machines. In these situations, routes are not needed. e inspection plan should document all the inspection routes. Health and Safety Issues As previously mentioned, inspection proce- dures should be specified for each machine inspection task or method as defined in the inspection plan. All inspection procedures should fully cover any relevant health and safety issues. Metrics and Compliance All areas of business and business processes require measurement and reporting. From this information, managers can make better and more informed decisions based on accurate representations of the state of their machines. is is both at a macro level (the forest) and a micro level (the trees). So too, managers need lagging indicators (what just happened) and leading indicators (what's going to happen). Data for these metrics can come from numerous condition monitoring sources and then be filtered and streamlined for decision-makers to use. Inspection is a great source of information related to machine reliability and asset manage- ment. is is especially the case when the data quality is at the level defined by Inspection 2.0. Finally, metrics should include compli- ance. Inspections often trigger work orders to remediate current problems found by inspectors. Are these getting done in a timely fashion? Compliance may also be needed to verify that all inspection routes are being completed effectively. ML About the Author Jim Fitch has a wealth of "in the trenches" experience in lubrication, oil a na lysis, tribology and machinery failure investiga- tions. Over the past two decades, he has presented hundreds of courses on these subjects. Jim has also published more than 200 technical articles, papers and publica- tions. He serves as a U.S. delegate to the ISO tribology and oil analysis working group. Since 2002, he has been the director and a board member of the International Council for Machinery Lubrication. He is the CEO and a co-founder of Noria Corporation. Contact Jim at Find out more at Sensors & Controls We have made it even easier to gain insight into your machinery health, helping you prevent breakdowns and loss of production. Installed in an oil sump or oil line the sensor independently measures fine and coarse debris, water in oil contamination plus oil presence or temperature, giving you a comprehensive predictive maintenance package. The Gill oil condition sensor is now available with 17 mounting thread options. It's easier to fit our oil condition sensor. AS I SEE IT

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