January 2014

Bonus Report: Lubrication Practices

Update on lubrication systems

Several case histories illustrate the pros and cons for maintaining rotating equipment under various plant conditions.Example 1In late May 2013, a US oil-mist provider in one of the Great Lakes states..

Bloch, H. P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Several case histories illustrate the pros and cons for maintaining rotating equipment under various plant conditions. Example 1 In late May 2013, a US oil-mist provider in one of the Great Lakes states sent out a note that observed “there is no other single device that yields the reliability improvements obtained with oil-mist lubrication.” This feedback is important to reliability engineers because the provider company is not the average vendor. This particular provider also owns an equipment repair facility specializing in mixer seals; some of these seals have dimensions in the 48-in. (1.2-m) diameter range. By replacing grease-lubricated bearings with oil-mist retrofits i

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