How Foam Impacts Lubricant Health

“Is the measurement of foam important in monitoring the condition of lube oil?”

Air may exist in a lubricating oil in four different forms. Understanding these forms and how to best mitigate air contamination will help you reduce its impact on the machine and the lubricant.

 

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How to Evaluate a New Lubricant

Lubricant formulations are constantly being modified and improved. This means it’s not always possible to have experience with new formulations in order to compare them with your in-service lubricants. While today’s formulations are designed to be superior to those developed 10 years ago, how can you confirm this? More importantly, what information is needed that will allow you to make comparisons between lubricants?

 

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Condition-based Oil Changes: An Easy Way to Save Big Money

Perhaps your facility has a well-established oil analysis program that is providing great results, but are you utilizing all of the information available in the reports? If everything in a report is correct and within the specifications, do you do anything else with the information? Do you still allow the time-based preventive maintenance work order to change the oil and filter? If you answered “yes” to this question, you could be wasting thousands if not hundreds of thousands of dollars per year on unnecessary oil changes. You could also be introducing human error and creating more problems through this needless maintenance.

 

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