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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.
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When too little oil sample volume is submitted to an oil analysis lab it prevents the lab from performing all the necessary tests required to analyze the lubricant condition. This causes delays in receiving your results as well as time and money wasted.
A true representative sample is a key first step in obtaining quality information from your oil analysis program. Obtaining those samples with consistency and ease can be done with the installation of pitot tubes. But how do you properly install them?
One of the most important aspects of an oil analysis program is the sampling of the oil. The method and tools used to take an oil sample will dictate how informative the oil sample will be and, subsequently, how beneficial the results will be.
If your plant has problems with maintaining the quality of lubricant – and based on our data, we bet it does – you might want to review this article on properly protecting your equipment.
A Combined Cycle Power Generation plant adapts their lubrication and reliability program to address the various stages of the Journey of the Lubricant and realizes the full potential of a preventative lubrication and reliability program.
Lubricant contamination can happen in many unexpected ways, leading to costly downtime. Pay attention to threats not just at the equipment, but throughout the lubricant’s journey in your facility.
How, where, and when oil samples are extracted influence the integrity of your oil analysis data. Knowing the goals of oil sampling will help you understand why oil sampling is a vital and necessary function to the oil analysis process.
The way oil samples are labeled, packaged, and mailed plays an important role in the speed and effectiveness of your results. Follow these simple dos and don'ts to improve your oil sampling submission method.
Poor planning and execution while taking the oil samples for analysis will lead to inaccurate or irrelevant oil analysis reports, and incorrect or even harmful responses. You can do better – and when you do, you’ll get more accurate insights about your equipment that you can actually use to improve reliability.