It has been estimated that the exclusion of system contamination costs about one-tenth what it would cost to remove the contamination once it has entered our system. Therefore, we must evaluate the options associated with the exclusion of contamination vs. the removal. Advances in proactive maintenance have produced numerous products that will prevent the ingression of contamination. We need to look at the proactive options for maintaining lubricant and mechanical reliability and for sealing our systems from their surrounding environments. First, we need to take a detailed approach to identifying what is appropriate for our equipment. Read More »
The promise of enhanced reliability and increased foresight in the way we conduct maintenance practices on capital equipment has always been a selling feature of oil analysis and condition monitoring. Unfortunately the steps taken to reach the goals mandated by our lube oil program often overlook a key element vital to its success. Lubricant sampling and extraction is perhaps the most important and highly variable step taken prior to the analysis of a sample and it is also the easiest to make consistent. Read More »
Did you know the oil in your car contains powerful clues about its engine? If you analyzed the oil, you’d learn vital information about the engine’s productivity and performance, and this slick-sleuthing might spotlight a developing problem that could trigger that dreaded engine light. The benefits of using a predictive conditioning monitoring technology like lubricant analysis on your auto may not justify the cost. But applying this best-practice technology on power plant and mining equipment is a different animal. Lube analysis is a powerful tool in the Luminant maintenance toolbox.