January 2007

Rotating Equipment/Reliability

Selecting turbine oil filtration systems

Follow these guidelines to improve reliability

McNeil, B., Mills, T., Kaydon Custom Filtration Corp.

With demand for gasoline at a high and refineries running at nearly full capacity, rotating equipment maintenance is critical. One key to maintaining rotating equipment, and hence the refinery's productivity, is providing quality oil filtration. In some cases, the OEM turbine oil filtration equipment is thought to be adequate for the task at hand, until a critical failure occurs that leads to unscheduled downtime and lost production. When oil-related failures occur, the oil quality and filtration equipment is scrutinized. But what is the best oil filtration system, and how should it be applied? Reactive or proactive oil filtration equipment. Many refineries and petrochemical plants have so

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