Cooling Towers
Case study on a cooling tower fan gearbox failure caused by reduced sampling frequency and trend analysis, which contributed to a lack of maintenance action. This resulted in an $800,000 gearbox failure.
sampling from a 55 gallon drum with vacuum pump
Learn how to obtain a multilayered oil sample from 55-gallon drums using a hand-held vacuum pump or a pipette style sampling tube.
vacuum pump and oil sampling port
The Journey of the Lubricant® is a series of stages, segregating your lubricant management program into 5 sequential steps during your lubricant's life on-site. Within these stages, dimensional sampling and oil analysis is key to maintaining the health of your lubricant.
oil sample being poured into sample vial
Root cause analysis is a powerful tool for investigating equipment problems when combined with oil analysis. It helps to identify what happened, why it happened, and what can be done to prevent it from happening again.
Karl Fischer Testing Apparatus
It is sometimes difficult to decide which test method should be used to determine water content in lubricating oils. Whichever method is used, one thing is certain – water is one of the major causes of lubricant, component, and machine failure.
journey of the lubricant diagram
Using Oil Intelligence to follow the lubricant's journey from arrival through its life cycle, you can see how every step offers an opportunity to implement practices that mitigate risks.
Hand-Held Filtration System
Water contamination in lubricating oils causes premature oil degradation and accelerated wear of machine component. Prevention and control of water contamination is very often the most reliable means of preventing equipment failures. The use of portable filtration systems will help to reduce the amount of water contamination in lubricating oils.
turbine
Turbines are critical to the operation of power generation plants, however when one goes down it has major costs associated with maintenance activities and downtime. Advanced annual oil analysis provides an additional layer of insurance, recommended by organizations like ASTM and EPRI. The testing is aligned with common issues that turbine oils often encounter.
Taking reference samples at arrival, storage, and transfer
To get more value from oil analysis, it is important to take reference samples so you’re not missing out on valuable insights.
oil containers with money image
It is that time of year to think about budget planning and investing in your lubrication program. It can be the single greatest factor in decreasing unplanned downtime. It also provides the greatest ROI. It doesn’t matter where you are in your lubrication program, as long as you continue to plan to improve it incrementally, you’ll see these benefits. Let’s look at how to achieve this and how it relates to budget planning.