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When Are Mineral Oils Superior to Synthetics?

Let’s get one thing straight: contrary to what the title might suggest, synthetics are in general superior to mineral based oils. But do you know why? Synthetics might be the preferred choice of lubricant, but more often than not mineral oils are chosen instead. The obvious and most p
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Improving Equipment Reliability through Root Cause Failure Analysis

Root Cause Failure Analysis (RCFA) is a very useful tool for improving the reliability of plant process equipment. It is a logical, structured, and deductive technique that can identify the causes behind the failure. This case study will demonstrate how an RCFA was used to uncover the
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Oil Analysis Case Studies: When Routine Tests are not Enough

In order to quickly and accurately determine the “cause and effect” of oil and wear related problems, proper tests and procedures based on the equipment sampled and its application must be utilized. This article details the appropriate test slates for various types of industrial equip
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Lube Manuals Should be More Than Cut Sheets

Historically lube manuals have been little more than compilations of detail sheets covering the primary components contained within the system. While we must acknowledge that often the supplier does not know the conditions under which the equipment will operate, that does not excuse t
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Protecting Machine Surfaces from Chemical Attacks

Lubricants serve a vital role in all tribo-systems.  They reduce friction, reduce heat, transfer contaminants, and they also play a big role in protecting machine surfaces from chemical attacks.  These attacks can come from several different sources.  The mechanism we are most familia
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Maintaining Asset Integrity through Predictive Maintenance and Lubrication Excellence

Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) and Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) are two important processes that can be used to maintain asset integrity.  This session will provide an over view of some of the things that Power Partners has implemented to reduce total down time in the fa
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Remote Condition Monitoring for Eliminating Maintenance Inefficiencies

The increased availability of wireless technology for industrial asset remote condition monitoring merits some discussion of the various benefits and challenges of the different types of devices and technologies available. New manufacturing technologies, such as Machine to Machine (M2
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Understanding Oil Filter Debris Analysis

Oil filter debris analysis’ (FDA) origins lay mainly in the aviation industry for many years. A program developed by Air Research in the 1980s claimed a 95-percent success rate of predicting catastrophic failures. It has gained recognition in the last decade in many other industries a
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Downtime Reporting for Reliability Engineering Programs

Reliability engineering departments are placing more focus on improving plant reliability and maintainability in an effort to improve return on investment (ROI). The purpose of this paper is to analyze and suggest a new method of reporting and recording downtime as part of an asset pe
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Preventive Maintenance Optimization Through FMEA

When I think about superheroes, I think about growing up with the television show Batman.  He had some of the greatest equipment and required high reliability.  I think Batman must have had a great PM strategy.  He had lots of assets and good old Alfred back at the cave working on the
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