August 2019

Special Focus: Valves, Pumps and Turbomachinery

Pumps handicapped by not using best available technology

Pump lubrication deficiencies are often denied, and the outstanding reliability performance of oil mist is vastly underreported.

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Pump lubrication deficiencies are often denied, and the outstanding reliability performance of oil mist is vastly underreported. As early as six or seven decades ago, reliability engineers focused on lubrication technology and studied the merits of synthetic lubricants. Without these synthesized hydrocarbons, aerospace endeavors would have moved at a snail’s pace. In the 1960s and 1970s, motivated reliability professionals began familiarizing themselves with different lubricant application methods found in process pumps. These professionals quickly learned that all manufacturers of rolling element bearings give ranking numbers to different lubricant applications. Then, as today, bearing ma

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