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Lubricant Consolidation

In the interest of reducing purchasing costs and streamlining storage and handling, many organizations have substantially slashed the number of lubricant SKUs (stock keeping units) they use. They have also re-engineered the precision of their lubricant specification. There are many real and a couple of somewhat imaginary benefits to these consolidation initiatives. Let’s start with…
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Simple as Soap? The Risks of Grease Mixing

In the amusement park’s maintenance area, I learned that the park was experiencing a rash of motor bearing failures. With such a long operating history, it was surprising to find this sudden uptick in problems. I brainstormed some possible reasons with the maintenance team and was told, “Our motors had been running great ever since…
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World-Class Oil Sampling – It is Possible

When it comes to achieving a world-class oil analysis program and realizing all the benefits of condition-based maintenance, there are several milestones that must first be met. One of the most important milestones of an oil analysis program is the sampling of the oil. The way a sample is collected, the frequency, the accessories used…
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Designing the Optimum Lubricant Storeroom

Without lubrication, industry would grind to a halt. It is a fact that the cogs of industry rotate around a well-oiled operation, literally. Therefore, it is fair to say that an oil storage room should be of the same high standards as a presidential suite - not lacking in anything. Then why is it that…
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