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CURRENT TRENDS IN LUBRICATION AND OIL ANALYSIS idemitsu-ilm.com.my

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2 2 CONTENTS Trends in Lubricant Selection and Use Halting Contaminant Invasion What’s New in Oil Analysis People and Metrics

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1 Trends in Lubricant Selection and Use Correct viscosity : More precise selection of viscosity is getting renewed attention. Viscosity affects a number of important factors, including energy consumption, wear and tolerance to contamination.  Not selecting lubricants solely on film strength : Today’s lubricants need a range of performance qualities, so choosing a lubricant that delivers the complete package is the greater priority.  Judicious use of premium and synthetic lubricants : The rage to switch to premium and synthetic lubricants as a silver bullet for every problem is winding down. We are now more aware of the true strength of these lubricants and their appropriate application . Energy-conserving and environmentally friendly lubricants : In the past 10 years, huge strides have been made in this area, but even then, it seems we’ve barely scratched the surface. Brace yourself as the pace of change in this area greatly picks up steam . Replacing grease with oil in mission-critical applications:  The debate continues on the grease vs. oil front. From my vantage point, the balance of power is tilting toward oil in a range of reliability-critical industrial applications.

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2 Halting Contaminant Invasion Headspace management : Many contaminants enter a lubricant by means of the headspace above the tank or sump oil level. Novel new methods have been introduced in recent years to restrict their ingression. Smart filter carts:  Filter carts can do much more than clean new or used oils. Many are instrumented with computers and oil analysis sensors, enabling them to perform a number of smart tasks while unattended. Dryer and cleaner targets : Aggressive setting of target dryness and cleanliness levels is more than just a fad. It’s proved to be an active and dependable means to boost and sustain machine reliability. More focus on a lubricant’s air-handling ability : In the past, entrained air and surface foam weren’t much more than a casual concern. Today’s users are proactively responding to aeration and foam issues before irreparable harm is done. Addressing contaminant exclusion first : Restoring a contaminated lubricant to a clean and dry state after the fact can be costly. Keeping lubricants clean and dry by proactive contaminant exclusion is a much more economical alternative. 

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3 What’s New in Oil Analysis Multiple technologies in condition-based maintenance (CBM ): Reliability is a collaborative effort. Tools should work together and not in isolation to achieve reliability. Oil analysis is increasingly being teamed with vibration analysis, infrared thermography and other technologies to enhance the CBM toolbox. Particle counting of opaque fluids (like engine oil):  Fluid cleanliness is as important in machines lubricated with opaque fluids as it is for those that use turbine oils and hydraulic fluids. After all, if it’s important, you measure it. Particle counts of engine oils are currently being performed successfully by labs that have recognized this need. On-site oil analysis in an instant-information world : Despite frequent claims to the contrary, many oil analysis labs can’t seem to achieve quick turnarounds on oil analysis data. This fact continues to spawn growth in on-site labs for those who want to know now. Live zone sampling : Pulling samples from sump bottoms and large reservoirs is being phased out. Such defective practices cripple the potential value of oil analysis. Modern programs place primary and secondary sampling ports in active “live zones”.

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4 The database in your filter : The filter is the recipient of a vast amount of root cause and symptomatic information relating to your machine and oil. Get on the bandwagon and start inspecting and analyzing it. Reporting the RUL:  Monitoring the remaining useful life (RUL) of a lubricant is one of the primary objectives of oil analysis. For instance, tracking the progressive depletion of additives provides a relatively good estimate of RUL. This is a great metric to have on an oil analysis report. Standardized test methods : Through the committee work of ASTM D02.96, the number of new standardized test methods for in-service lubricant testing is at an all-time high. It is a welcome change that is long overdue. Grease sampling and analysis : Despite its inherent challenges, new methods have been introduced to simplify the sampling of grease for analysis by labs the same way that oil has been done for years. Online sensors and real-time monitoring:  The growth in this category of oil analysis has picked up sharply in recent years. There are now online sensors for nearly every data parameter.

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5 Packaging, Storage, Handling Lubricant expiration dates : Lubricants are not like a fine wine that gets better over time (not even in storage). The use of visible expiration date markings on lube package labels is finally becoming widespread . Graphical lubricant tagging : The risk of accidental use of the wrong lube in a machine is totally unnecessary. Modern tagging methods for lubes include the use of naming system, shape coding and color coding that make cross-contamination of lubricants nearly infallible . Good housekeeping : Well-designed and well-kept lube rooms set the stage for lubrication excellence. So, too, is the banishment of outdated tools such as funnels, unclean top-up containers, transfer systems, etc.

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6 People and Metrics The death of the oiler : Pride in one’s profession is good for the employee and good for the employer. Lubrication shouldn’t be treated as a mindless task. An oiler is an oil can, not a living, thinking person. On the other hand, a lube technician is an individual who is trained, has the tools he needs, is empowered, works from the neck up and is paid well . Working the metric:  People respond to measurement (what gets measured gets done). There are all kinds of potential metrics, including those that are lagging and leading (what just happened, what’s going to happen). Good metrics need to provide conspicuous reporting of program performance relative to goals. They need to include overall lubrication effectiveness (OLE) and preventive maintenance (PM) compliance. Leading organizations are way ahead on this front.

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7 Be a Trend-Setter The advancement of new technology and the urgent need to enhance plant reliability are altering the face of lubrication today. These are exciting times for those of us who have been patiently waiting for radical change in our field. For users, the opportunity to transform fleet or plant equipment to lubrication excellence is enormous.

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8 IDEMITSU ENGINE OIL The Leading Lubricant IDEMITSU LUBE MALAYSIA (KL) No . 20 – 21, Lorong Teknologi B, Nouvelle Industrial Park, Taman Sains Selangor 1, Kota Damansara PJU 5, 47810, Petaling Jaya Selangor.   03-61579529 , 61414639 Customer Service : 012- 355 6259 Website : idemitsu-ilm.com.my

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