A power generation plant received new hydraulic oil that was not up to par in ISO cleanliness code to put into their critical equipment. They used a drum pump filtration system on the 55-gallon drum to filter it for 1 hour. They were surprised by the results.
oil totes and barrels
Never assume your new oil is clean. Always verify its condition with oil analysis to confirm viscosity, composition, and contamination levels. It'll confirm you received the correct oil and the next steps required to prepare it for application.
Dirty filters and transfer containers
Easily extend the life of your equipment and lubricant by making a few modifications to your lubrication program.
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.
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.
Desiccant breathers are an excellent tool against water ingression; however, they do need to be replaced when spent to be able to protect your equipment from water issues. There are few tips to keep you on top of replacing desiccant breathers when needed.
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.
Get a better understanding on monitoring particle counts, so you can take the appropriate corrective actions before machine failure occurs.
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.