August 2008

Special Report: Fluid Flow and Rotating Equipment

Get the facts on oil mist lubrication

Savings in driver maintenance, lower operating manpower, reduced lubricant consumption and energy savings should also be included in a cost justification

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff; Ehlert, D., Lubrication Systems Company

In early 2008, a Houston-based reliability professional was surprised that the $4,000,000 cost proposal he had just received for a plantwide oil mist system was really not close to the cost projected in the Oil Mist Lubrication Handbook in 1987.1 Well, not only have things changed in the intervening 21 years, but it was clear from of the ensuing conversation that serious misunderstandings tend to creep in when people do spotty and selective reading. The situation is even worse when "project advisors" do little, except perhaps relay their mixed bag of opinions. Why context is important. In an article published in 1990,2 we noted "together with an appropriate amount of a suitable state-of-t

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