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Used Oil Analysis Tips

Used Oil Analysis Tips

“When should an oil sample really be taken?” In used oil analysis, oil samples can be taken at any time, but one should always...

Lubricant Deterioration Identifications

Lubricant Deterioration Identifications

There’s a major difference between Shelf life and Service life especially when it concerns lubricants! No one wants to put expired lubricants into their...

Conditions that affect lubricants

Conditions that affect lubricants

How are your lubricants currently stored? Are you storing lubricants under the correct conditions? What conditions affect lubricants? These questions have come up a...

Oxidation

Oxidation

One of the major types of oil degradation is Oxidation. But what is it exactly, as applied to a lubricant? Oxidation is the addition...

Thermal Degradation vs Oxidation

Thermal Degradation vs Oxidation

What’s the difference between Thermal Degradation as compared to Oxidation of a lubricant? The two major differences are the contributory factors and the by...

Microdieseling

Microdieseling

Do you know the stages of Microdieseling? Microdieseling is also called Compressive Heating and is a form of pressure induced thermal degradation. The oil...

Electrostatic Spark Discharge

Electrostatic Spark Discharge

Electrostatic Spark Discharge is real and extremely common for turbine users! Static electricity at a molecular level is generated when dry oil passes through...

Grease compatibility

Grease compatibility

We recently touched on greases being available in a wide variety based on application but the real question is, “Are all greases compatible?” The...

Grease Thickener Types

Grease Thickener Types

We keep speaking about each grease being different based on their thickener type. However, what are the properties that these thickeners give to the...

Base oil viscosity of greases

Base oil viscosity of greases

While we’ve focused on the variances in greases due to thickener types, we haven’t touched much on the differences in base oil viscosity. With...

Grease Thickener Temperatures

Grease Thickener Temperatures

The grease thickener has a crucial role in deciding the environment in which a grease should be applied. One of the major environmental conditions...

Understanding NLGI

Understanding NLGI

Does the NLGI grade matter? Of course it does! That’s why it was invented and classed into different categories for various applications! NLGI stands...

Grease colours

Grease colours

I’ve almost always heard my customers refer to the grease that they are using by its colour. They would say, “I’m using the blue...

Colour Coding

Colour Coding

Quite often when we are correcting or helping companies set up their lubrication storage areas, we get asked a lot of questions regarding colour...

Lubrication Audit?

Lubrication Audit?

Audits usually get people nervous! They are worried about what the auditor may or may not find. When we perform lubrication audits, we’re trying...

ISO 4406

ISO 4406

A lot of people get confused when reading the ISO 4406 rating. The rating specifies a range of the number of particles of certain...

Lubrication failures in Ammonia plants

Lubrication failures in Ammonia plants

Quite often, when lubrication failures occur, the first recommended action is to change the lubricant. However, when the lubricant is changed, the real root...

Lubrication failures in Industrial plants

Lubrication failures in Industrial plants

When failures occur in industrial plants, the first culprit to be suspected is usually the lubricant. However, should this be the first area that...

How can a lubricant fail?

How can a lubricant fail?

This question has caused many sleepless nights and initiated countless discussions within the industrial and even transportation sectors. Before examining the causes for lubrication...

5 Habits of an Extraordinary Reliability Engineer – My review

5 Habits of an Extraordinary Reliability Engineer – My review

Peter Horsburgh has essentially captured the 5 Habits of an Extraordinary Reliability Engineer in his book! His style of writing appeals to engineers as he keeps...

PROACT Review

PROACT Review

Root Cause Analysis has always been dear to my heart. The procedure involved in finding the root causes and addressing them have intrigued me greatly...