March 2017

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Reliability: Lubrication PdM vs. eliminating lubricant-related failures

Reliability improvement trends can be observed by paying close attention to conference presentations. Many conferences make it their goal to inform and update attendees on lubrication strategies.

Reliability improvement trends can be observed by paying close attention to conference presentations. Many conferences make it their goal to inform and update attendees on lubrication strategies. At a recent conference, a coal-fired utility made a presentation on its extensive use of predictive maintenance (PdM). The utility’s program included ultrasonic readings, infrared thermography, motor testing and lube oil analysis. A leading provider of PdM instruments and associated software gave this utility an award for noteworthy reliability achievements. For this reason, the recipients of the award proudly considered themselves to be one of the world’s best practitioners of lubrication maintenan

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