August 2005

Special Report: Fluid Flow and Rotating Equipment

Retrofitting pillow-block bearings with optimized oil mist lubrication

This refinery significantly increased bearing life

Branham, D. C., Lubrication Systems Co.

Human nature being what it is, not all good things are universally accepted. It should, therefore, not surprise us that even sound technology occasionally has trouble making inroads. Yes, there will always be those who will not believe what they see, or those that insist that the results be demonstrated yet another time. We know that oil mist lubrication is one such technology. Oil mist lubrication – a dispersion of atomized oil in motive air – was first used in the mid-1930s and has since been applied on literally tens of thousands of machines with consistent and repeatable results. Plantwide oil mist systems have been installed with great success in petroleum refineries and

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