Ferrography provides early warning of bearing failure

A petro-chemical facility saves $100,000

Ferrography provides early warning of bearing failure, confirmed by vibration analysis. Early detection of journal bearing failure is critical to equipment reliability. Early detection of journal bearing failure is critical to equipment reliability. The equipment being monitored is a General Electric Turbine Generator supported by journal bearings. This equipment has been monitored by Ferrographic analysis, Used Oil analysis, and vibration analysis for five years. Read More »

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Filtration Does the Job

Wastewater treatment facility uses portable filter cart

Application
A piston pump that processes 25% dewatered sludge feed to the incinerator at a wastewater treatment facility.

Situation Overview
A wastewater treatment facility was having problems with particulate and water contaminating the hydraulic reservoir on their piston pump which is used to process 25% dewatered sludge feed to the incinerator. An oil analysis report showed >5% water in the hydraulic oil as well as an ISO code of 22/19/17, these are at unacceptable levels for the piston pump to function properly. Read More »

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It Pays to Do Homework Before Changing Oilers

Trico helps chemical giant navigate cost-saving options

For a large chemical processing plant, the time had come to consider a major maintenance change. The global supplier of specialty chemicals for making polymers, detergents and personal care products, among other things, knew its multitude of vented oilers could be upgraded to help reduce contamination ingression, something that would save them tens of thousands of dollars a year. The dilemma was finding a replacement that could work with the equipment’s unique configuration.

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