August 2023

The Secrets for Implementing a Clean Lubricant Program

Rebecca Zwetzig Rebecca Zwetzig
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A proper lubrication program begins with meeting all three of the lubricant specifications for your organization’s equipment: viscosity, performance, and cleanliness. Achieving the first two depends primarily on selecting the right lubricant. It’s important to choose the lubricant that has the correct viscosity and the right blend of base oil and additives to provide the performance you need.


ASTM Standards Are Evolving to Effectively Monitor Varnish

Bryan Johnson Bryan Johnson Lisa Williams Lisa Williams

There is still much to learn about the formation of varnish and its impact on oil and machine health. Updates to formulations, particularly in Group II, Group III, and phosphate esters, have resulted in unexpected varnish accumulations. Read More »


A Storeroom’s Place in Reliability

In this episode, Dr. John Ross with Maintenance Innovators joins Wes to discuss a topic commonly overlooked in the industry — the role of the storeroom in reliability. Join Wes and John as they chat about this crucial topic that plays a vital role in a facility’s lubrication program and its overall reliability strategy.

As I See It

Lubrication Excellence = Secure Retirement

Wes Cash Wes Cash

As the workforce ages and ultimately retires, we can ensure that people’s golden years are spent enjoying the time doing the activities they want instead of fretting over the idea that their hard-earned retirement dollars might disappear due to a lack of profitability. Let’s do our best to secure retirement for those who are already at that point but also put the foundation in place to ensure that when our time comes to leave the workforce, we can do so with confidence that we will be secure in our twilight years. Read More »

Ascend Roadmap

DO’s and DON’Ts of Setting Contamination Control Objectives

Jeremie Edwards Jeremie Edwards

It is pretty well understood, or at least widely stated, that what gets measured gets done. So it should come as no surprise that contamination control objectives should be implemented; they are our means of measuring the effectiveness of our equipment relubrication processes, not to mention how many of our other contamination control measures are going. Read More »


Lubricant Contamination Prevention and Mitigation: A Guide for Maintenance Professionals

Kuba Bednarz Kuba Bednarz

The importance of lubricant contamination control – both prevention and mitigation – often goes unnoticed, despite the substantial financial and operational repercussions it holds. It is crucial for maintenance professionals to understand the importance of lubricant contamination control in operations. Read More »


Lubrication Contamination Prevention

R. Keith Mobley R. Keith Mobley

Most people acknowledge that contaminated lubricants cause accelerated wear, thermal damage, premature wear out, and catastrophic failures of the capital assets that are crucial to the continued reliability and sustainability of their manufacturing and process plants. Unfortunately, this awareness does not seem to translate into effective contamination prevention. Read More »


Why Scheduled Oil Changes Aren’t Enough to Mitigate Lubricant Contamination

Joel Scarbrough Joel Scarbrough

While regularly scheduled lubricant-replacement routines are the standard solution to this challenge, modern innovations have made it possible to achieve higher levels of efficiency, reliability and cost-effectiveness with an oil-analysis routine. Such a routine is more adaptive to the specifics of your project and can save compounding amounts of time and money by extending uptime and reducing maintenance costs throughout your equipment. Read More »

Task-Based Training

Regreasing a Bearing

Noria Media Noria Media

While used in components such as bearings, grease tends to degrade over time. As the oil separates from the thickener, it can lead to oxidation, and lubricant starvation can occur inside that bearing. The oil pathways within the bearing can also become contaminated and lead to abrasion, fatigue, and failure. Read More »


Reliable Plant Returns for a Silver Anniversary in the Sunshine State

Kartik Rajendran Kartik Rajendran

A summer visit to the Sunshine State ushered in the Silver Anniversary of Noria’s Reliable Plant Conference in Orlando. Co-located with Machinery Lubrication Conference & Exhibition, this summer marked the 25th time Noria has played host to the conference, which features some of the biggest names in the maintenance, reliability and machinery lubrication industries. Read More »


Quality Check at the Doorstep: When Contamination Control Must Actually Begin

Preeti Prasad Preeti Prasad

While lubrication management techniques may differ between industrial facilities, a prevalent issue is the misconception that “new oil equates to clean oil.” Fluctuations in daily temperatures cause the barrels to expand and contract, and their exposure to sunlight, elevated temperatures, dust, dirt, moisture, and various weather-related conditions can result in contamination. Read More »

Sight Glass

sight glass

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 »