maintenance personnel working on equipment at refinery
Maintenance and operations often have a tense relationship. Both groups significantly impact an organization and its success. One cannot survive without the other. But, why is it common for maintenance and operations to bump heads? And what can be done to foster better working relationships?
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.
A major chemical plant was changing oil in one of their blowers every 4 months. By utilizing oil analysis and eliminating contamination through filtration they were able to drastically extend their oil change intervals, saving maintenance time and costs.
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.
With surging demands and limited resources, you may not have enough time to grease each lubrication point. Many facilities are automating their lubrication process due to the host of benefits it offers compared to manual lubrication.
If you only perform maintenance procedures when you need to, based on data and science, you stand to save time and money.
Boiler feedwater pumps need to “breathe,” equalizing pressure when air expands and contracts due to temperature fluctuations or startup/shutdown situations. This breathing allows ingression of moisture and particulates.
The fundamental purpose of oil analysis is to make sure the oil is capable of doing this important job. But you can learn a lot more from oil analysis than whether your lubricant is any good – if you get some real experts on your side, you do a comprehensive oil analysis program and you stick with it.