Early Warning of a Diesel Engine Failure

A mining plant saves $50,000

Figure 1. Main Journal

Figure 1. Main Journal

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Figure 2. Rod Journal

Spectrographic Analysis provides early warning of a Diesel Engine failure. These are pictures of a failed diesel engine from a mobile Link Belt 240LX excavator that is used in mining operations. This equipment has been monitored by Trico’s Used Oil Analysis program for 5 months.

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Further Analysis Prevents Equipment Shutdown

A major power plant realizes $80,000 savings

The equipment being discussed in this case study is a vertical pump with two stacked thrust bearings on the motor free end. This unit has been monitored by Ferrographic analysis and Used Oil analysis for 6 years. The ferrographic and used oil analysis has been performed by Trico. During the routine monthly testing, the wear particle concentration has steadily increased. Analytical ferrography is performed monthly due to the criticality of this equipment to plant operations.

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