March 2019

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Maintenance: Mind the small stuff—Tips to manage particle contamination

Particle contamination in lubricants is the primary cause of lubricant-related equipment failure and hydraulic system failure, according to industry studies.

Goldman, T., Sun Coast Resources, Inc.

Particle contamination in lubricants is the primary cause of lubricant-related equipment failure and hydraulic system failure, according to industry studies. A 300-gal hydraulic reservoir can contain up to 8 g of particle contamination. Most particles are too miniscule for the naked eye to see, yet are the perfect size to cause abrasive wear and disrupt operations. However, a faulty, long-held, industry-wide belief remains that using clean fluids leads to clean machinery. While partly true, this practice alone will take decades to realize benefits if equipment is not first cleaned. To reduce particle contamination, improve fluid cleanliness and maximize equipment life expectancy, the better

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