Machine Friction Solved By Oil Analysis

Proactive maintenance and proper monitoring are the most important factors for increasing machinery life.

By Amin Almasi, Rotating Machinery Consultant, for our sister publication Plant Services

An oil analysis and lubrication monitoring program should addresses a wide variety of effects and should involve contamination control methods and established oil cleanliness procedures. Friction, lubrication oil, wear, and wear particles are interactive and cannot be separated.

The friction within machineries directly translates into power loss. Lubrication oil costs constitute significant parts of machinery operation costs in any plant. The wear is one of the primary characteristics defining the end of life for plant machinery and leads to costs of maintenance, replacement, and production outage. An effective oil analysis and lubrication oil monitoring program can increase efficiencies of machineries and reduce the operating costs. The value of this program can only be realized if it can be collected and analyzed in a timely and organized manner. The oil analysis can reveal important information about the condition of machinery, oils, and contaminations in the oils.

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