February 2023

Monitoring Wind Turbine Gear Oils with Online Sensors

Steffen Nyman Steffen Nyman
author photo Steffen Nyman is a certified ICML Machinery Lubrication Technician II and Lubrication Analyst II as well as 4-MAT trainer in adult teaching skills. He has conducted hundreds of customized seminars in understanding oil maintenance, analysis, and filtration technologies for the Marine, Mining, Power, Off-Shore and Wind industries. Learn More
Morten Henneberg Morten Henneberg
author photo PhD. in applied mathematics, Head of Innovation & Validation, C.C.JENSEN Denmark. C.C.JENSEN can help you reduce costs by optimizing your oil maintenance practices. As a partner to Noria Corporation we have access to the best and most advanced material when it comes to training and consulting. Learn More

We have known for decades that clean oil will improve system reliability and uptime, as well as prolong component and oil life in service. This is especially top of mind for wind turbine owners and operators. Oil analysis is used to predict failure and hinder un-scheduled downtime. However, the oil analysis mainly shows the status at the specific time of the sample, and it is difficult to ensure the sample is completely representative. Online sensors solve this issue by accurately monitoring many times per hour and giving immediate access to trending data.

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As I See It

Why Lubrication Should Be Outside the CMMS

Wes Cash Wes Cash

For improvement to be possible, we must be able to measure; to measure, we must be able to observe. This is where many fall short in their lubrication program — there is no way to observe the program, so it can’t be measured or improved. The industry needs a method to manage the chaos associated with lubrication — the industry needs a Lubrication Management System. Read More »

Ascend Roadmap

A Field Guide to Rolling-Element Bearings

Noria Media Noria Media

Rolling-element bearings are found in everything from electric motors to gearboxes to conveyor systems. Basically, if a shaft needs to spin, it can be (and most of the time is) supported by a rolling-element bearing. However, the actual makeup of these devices can vary significantly based on the application. Use this field guide to understand different bearing types and applications. Read More »

Task-Based Training

Inspecting a Bullseye Sight Glass

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A bullseye sight glass is a transparent window at the oil level, typically made of glass or durable plastic, that allows users to observe oil conditions inside a piece of machinery. Learn why these sight glasses are used and how to properly implement them into your inspection process. Read More »

Lube Champs

Blue Buffalo — Richmond, Indiana

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Lubrication Program Case Study: Blue Buffalo

The Blue Buffalo plant in Richmond, Indiana, is the focus of this month’s “Lube Champs” feature. The 450,000-square-foot plant first opened its doors in June 2019. Management knew that for the plant to be competitive, they needed a strong reliability culture and a focus on proactive maintenance and lubrication. Watch to see the plant’s journey and hear from Plant Manager Megan Johnson, Lubrication Specialist Matt Felix and Lubrication Technician Kevin Keith. Read More »


Elijah McCoy: A Founding Father to Machinery Lubrication, and the Real McCoy

Bennett Fitch Bennett Fitch

One of the most important contributions to the field of machinery lubrication was made by Elijah McCoy, an inventor who developed the first automatic lubricator for steam engines. His invention helped push advancement, and its influence can still be seen today. Read More »

Sight Glass

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Featuring a roundup of news, upcoming events, social media updates and more, the Sight Glass is your go-to spot for keeping up-to-date with the latest and greatest in our industry. Read More »