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Lubrication June 28, 2024

Plant Engineering most-viewed lubrication articles in 2024

Read the best articles about additives, open gear lubricants, machine bearing lubricants and more.

By Tyler Wall
Lubrication June 4, 2024

Sustainability in the lubricants value chain

Calculating a lubricant’s carbon footprint is not simple. Producing meaningful results requires adequate data, harmonized methodologies and stakeholder collaboration.

By Dr. Nancy McGuire
Lubrication May 23, 2024

Modeling tribological contacts at multiple scales

Capturing the full complexity of tribological contact requires careful integration of disparate phenomena.

By Jane Marie Andrew
Lubrication May 22, 2024

Cutting lubrication costs without cutting corners

Choosing the right lubricant can have a significant impact on reducing energy and labor and equipment costs for a company and save money long-term.

By Alejandro Meza
Lubrication May 22, 2024

Lubrication group appoints president for 2024-25 term

Jack McKenna, an industry veteran from Sea-Land Chemical to lead STLE as president for 2024-25 as part of their focus on the tribology and lubrication community.

By Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE)
Lubrication May 14, 2024

Future of greases for EVs, manufacturing and more

For reasons of cost, scarcity and the sustainability of lithium soap thickeners, there is a demand for new lubricating greases, which requires new developments and test methods.

By Jeanna Van Rensselar
Lubrication April 29, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: April 22-28, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week covered chain lubrication considerations, picking the right maintenance strategy, relief valves and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Lubrication April 22, 2024

Chain lubrication considerations for extreme conditions

Chain lubrication is useful for extreme applications for equipment or situations that are dangerous for humans to enter while in production and where speed, flexibility and friction reduction is needed.

By Eric J. Peter
Lubrication April 15, 2024

Evolution of copper corrosion testing for electric vehicle lubricants

New copper corrosion test methods are being developed to make electric vehicle (EV) lubricants better.

By Andrea R. Aikin
Lubrication February 19, 2024

Tribology group opens registration for 2024 event

STLE announced that registration is now open for their annual meeting in May at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

By Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE)
Lubrication January 2, 2024

Plant Engineering most-viewed content, December 2023

Read the best content in December 2023 including: Rotating bearing lubricants, mitigating arc flash hazards, reducing oil and gas emissions and more.

By Chris Vavra
Lubrication January 1, 2024

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: December 25-31, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week covered machine bearing lubricants, digital manufacturing's future, asset management and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Lubrication December 18, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: December 11-17, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content over the past week covered machine bearing lubricants, digital manufacturing's future, asset management and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Lubrication December 7, 2023

Characteristics and test properties of rotating electrical machine bearing lubricants

Key considerations with greases and oils include their suitability for an application. Knowledge of lubricant characteristics and test properties helps ensure the correct selection for rotating electrical machine bearings.

By Thomas H. Bishop, P.E.
Lubrication July 10, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: July 3-9, 2023

The top 5 Plant Engineering content from the past week covered predictive lubrication, decarbonization, and material handling storage systems. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Lubrication June 29, 2023

Plant Engineering most-viewed lubrication articles in 2023

Read the best articles about lubrication including air compressors, engine oil, open gears and more.

By Tyler Wall
Lubrication June 15, 2023

2023 Lubrication Guide released

The 2023 Lubrication Guide offers a snapshot at some of these innovations for oils and greases that help keep manufacturing plants humming along.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Lubrication May 26, 2023

Tribology and lubrication group names president for 2023-24

Texas A&M University’s Hong Liang, an accredited educator, researcher and scholar is named president of STLE for 2023-24.

By Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE)
Lubrication May 10, 2023

Lubrication event to discuss sustainability, environmental awareness

STLE's 77th annual meeting and exhibition brings lubrication and tribology professionals from around the world gather to connect, learn and achieve more sustainable processes and products

By Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE)
Lubrication March 13, 2023

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: March 6-12, 2023

The top 5 Plant Engineering content from the past week covered lubricant evolution, condition-based maintenance, enterprise asset management and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Dean Morris
Lubrication March 1, 2023

Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers Opens Call for Presentations for Fall 2023 Technical Conferences

STLE invites industry professionals to present at 2023 co-branded events, the Tribology Frontiers Conference and Tribology & Lubrication for E-Mobility Conference

By Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE)
Lubrication February 28, 2023

Open gear lubricants’ slow, steady evolution

How do you lubricate a 120-ton gear the height of a four-story building that sits outdoors or in a dusty plant environment, while meeting safety, environmental and operating cost constraints?

By Dr. Nancy McGuire
Lubrication January 17, 2023

Additives and engine oil lubrication

Engine oils contain a complex blend of additives to minimize emission and aid efficiency.

By Dan Holdmeyer
Lubrication January 10, 2023

Used oil analysis fundamentals

A quality oil analysis program with a series of consistently timed samples is key to successful preventive maintenance.

By Dan Holdmeyer
Lubrication January 9, 2023

Crude oil to base stocks to base oils to lubricating oils

The refining process has improved throughout the history of crude oil use, with base stock quality continuing to benefit from new technology.

By Dan Holdmeyer
Lubrication November 17, 2022

Metalworking fluid management program announced

STLE is hosting its annual Metalworking Fluid Management Program, at the University of Akron in Ohio from February 21-23, 2023.

By Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE)
Lubrication October 17, 2022

Lubrication group names president, conference schedule

STLE announces a new president for 2022-23 and three conferences to help lubrication and reliability professionals in manufacturing, metalworking, transportation and power generation.

By Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE)
Lubrication October 12, 2022

The basics of lubricant water contamination

Steps taken after water contamination is identified depend on the type of lubrication product and its intended use.

By Dan Holdmeyer
Lubrication September 27, 2022

Controlling particle contaminants

Best practices for avoiding lubricant contamination are established and simple to implement — the key to success is follow through.

By Jeanna Van Rensselar
Lubrication July 27, 2022

Air entrainment, aeration, cavitation and foaming: How are they related?

There are many causes and solutions to this foaming issue

By Dan Holdmeyer
Lubrication June 15, 2022

Regrease properly to improve bearing life

A simple equation and a checklist of important considerations can help to optimize the greasing of bearings.

By Dan Holdmeyer
Lubrication April 14, 2022

Flushing out air compressor lubricants

Picking the right lubricant for an air compressor can reduce downtime and prolong the machine’s life. Five lubricant base stocks are highlighted.

By Kyle Treble
Lubrication April 5, 2022

Tribology event welcomes return of in-person meeting and exhibition

Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers sets sights on Orlando for in-person lubricant industry event in May.

By Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE)
Lubrication March 4, 2022

The value of lubricant cleanliness

Best practices for transferring oil from storage into use and keeping it clean in operation.

By Jeanna Van Rensselar
Lubrication February 24, 2022

New and in-service grease testing

Experts discuss considerations for lubricating grease testing while formulating and in-service testing practices.

By Dr. Yulia Sosa
Lubrication February 10, 2022

No two greases are the same

Physical characteristics include consistency, mechanical stability, oil separation, water resistance and low-temperature flow

By David Turner
Lubrication January 18, 2022

EP and AW additives in rolling bearing lubrication

EP and AW additives in rotary screw compressors improve the service life of bearings in moderate and higher load applications.

By Dr. Yulia Sosa
Lubrication December 22, 2021

Lubricants can provide answers to current manufacturing challenges

Manufacturing is dealing with major supply chain issues that have worsened during the two-year COVID-19 pandemic. Lubrication engineers and experts can help, but the struggle ahead is going to be a long one.

By Chris Vavra
Lubrication November 18, 2021

Grease performance testing methods

Lubricating grease tests help measure performance properties and there are many different types of tests depending on the application.

By Chuck Coe
Lubrication October 18, 2021

The drive to net-zero, sustainability and digital

Technologies create many new opportunities and challenges for the lubrication industry when it comes to sustainability.

By Kline
Lubrication September 12, 2021

The art of manufacturing grease

Research is ongoing to develop improved products and give them greater flexibility in manufacturing applications.

By Andrea R. Aikin
Lubrication August 31, 2021

Emerging technologies advance condition monitoring techniques

Lubrication engineers extend machine life by integrating lab analyses with online-generated data.

By Neil Canter
Lubrication August 10, 2021

How the NLGI HPM specification facilitates grease selection

Proper selection can be challenging as multiple criteria must be considered when selecting a lubricating grease.

By Dr. Gareth Fish
Lubrication July 29, 2021

Upcycling plastic waste into high-performing mechanical lubricants

A multi-institutional research team is working on upcycling plastic waste into liquid lubricants, including oil, hydraulic fluids, heat transfer fluids and greases.

By Steve Kuhlmann
Lubrication July 26, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles July 19-25, 2021

Articles about how to take lubrication problems in industrial manufacturing, predictive maintenance best practices, properly sizing surge protective devices, and more were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 19-25, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Robert Levinger
Lubrication July 16, 2021

How to tackle lubrication problems in industrial manufacturing

Lubrication maintenance in industrial manufacturing is a job that requires years of experience, SOPs, safety precautions and attention to detail.

By Darren Nowicki
Lubrication June 2, 2021

What’s different about grease?

Greases lubricate about 90% of all rolling element bearings.

By Chuck Coe
Lubrication June 2, 2021

Intermediate storage and handling of lubricants

Storing and handling lubricants is a lot like running a kitchen. Cleanliness, inventory management and safety precautions ensure efficient operations and save time and money.

By Nancy McGuire
Lubrication June 2, 2021

Review lubricant and grease storage and handling practices

Following safety protocols and procedures while handling lubricants is extremely important.

By Dr. Yulia Sosa
Lubrication April 5, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles March 29 to April 4, 2021

Articles about food grade lubricants, robot innovations, asset maintenance, digital transformation trends and remote automation success were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 29 to April 4, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Lubrication March 24, 2021

Annual lubrication meeting and exhibition going virtual

STLE's virtual annual meeting and exhibition will focus on many key topics for tribologists and lubrication experts.

By Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE)
Lubrication February 24, 2021

Food grade lubricants and their regulation

Voluntary standards and third-party registration programs continue to grow regarding food safety for lubricants.

By Debbie Sniderman
Lubrication October 5, 2020

Grease chemistry is governed by thickener structure

Know the kinds of grease and laws that govern their use.

By Jeanna Van Rensselar
Lubrication August 10, 2020

Overcoming industrial automation lubricant challenges

Using the right lubrication in the right application is critical and so is looking at technological advancements designed to reduce bearing wear and corrosion.

By Phil Burge
Lubrication June 22, 2020

Put industrial lubrication technology into practice

CFE Media and the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) partner to bring you the 2020 Lube Guide

By Edward P. Salek
Lubrication June 20, 2020

A tribute to the father of tribology: Professor H. Peter Jost

The contributions of this industry giant won’t be forgotten

By Dr. Raj Shah and Shana Braff
Lubrication June 17, 2020

Understand the fundamentals of oil analysis

Knowing normal depends on understanding the oil, equipment and operating conditions

By Jane Marie Andrew
Lubrication June 17, 2020

Find the right products for diverse industrial lubrication applications

The 2020 Plant Engineering Industrial Lubrication Guide informs manufacturers with an understanding of market options and innovations

By Kevin Parker and Jack Smith
Lubrication June 16, 2020

Analyze oil thoroughly

Individual results are not individual when it comes to maintaining the health of your machinery; this is why

By Jeanna Van Rensselar
Lubrication June 16, 2020

Create a strategy to control industrial lubricant contamination

Identify the source, deal with it

By Debbie Sniderman and Evan Zabawski
Lubrication June 3, 2020

Fundamentals of ferrography

Using ferrography fundamentals for oil analysis is an excellent condition monitoring technique to diagnose and predict equipment health without taking equipment offline

By Jeanna Van Rensselar and Ray Dalley
Lubrication June 2, 2020

Find a common tribology perspective

When chemists, materials scientists and mechanical engineers work on the same problem, finding a common language can be difficult but rewarding

By Dr. Nancy McGuire
Lubrication June 1, 2020

Survey says better test methods needed for industrial lubricants in manufacturing

Participants also pointed out workforce and operational challenges

By Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE)
Lubrication October 4, 2019

Selecting lubricating greases: What you should know

Pay close attention to specifications and monitor your operations closely.

By Dr. Anoop Kumar and Nancy McGuire
Lubrication August 6, 2019

Aesthetics in lubricating greases

There are several kinds of lubricating greases available with notably distinct differences in colors, tackiness level and smell.

By Debbie Sniderman
Lubrication August 5, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles July 29 to August 4

Articles about lubrication advice, managing an engineering career, IIoT tips, maintenance process redesign, and smart manufacturing were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 29 to August 4. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Lubrication July 1, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles June 24-30

Articles about lubrication and bearings, the 2019 Lubrication Guide, oil's return on investment, predictive maintenance obstacles, and worker safety best practices were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from June 24-30. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Lubrication June 24, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles June 17-23

Articles about lubrication and bearings, the 2019 Lubrication Guide, predictive maintenance obstacles, worker safety best practices, and NFPA 70E expert advice were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from June 17-23. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Lubrication June 18, 2019

The R-O-I of O-I-L

Lubrication is an investment—so treat it like one.

By Jeremy Wright
Lubrication June 17, 2019

Moving the needle on productivity

The 2019 Plant Engineering Lubrication Guide is designed to provide manufacturers with an understanding of all of the market options available and the innovations. See link to the Lubrication Guide.

By Bob Vavra and Amanda Pelliccione
Lubrication June 17, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles June 10-16

Articles about worker safety best practices, lubrication for bearings, NFPA 70E expert advice, the state of manufacturing, and the benefits of clean oil were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from June 10-16. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Lubrication June 11, 2019

Liberating oil analysis data

Many factors can prevent end-users from getting more from their reports.

By Jeanna Van Rensselar
Lubrication June 10, 2019

Understanding lubrication from the bearing’s perspective

Many factors can impact how proper use can avoid friction.

By Keith Bartley
Lubrication June 7, 2019

Clean oil is productive oil

The care of your lubricant stock is all about the basics.

By Brad Prickett
Lubrication June 1, 2019

FQMS 2.0 by Poseidon Systems

FQMS 2.0 units has the capability of detecting mechanical failures at the earliest point in time and monitor fluid quality real-time

By Poseidon Systems
Lubrication June 1, 2019


LUBExpert monitors each stroke of grease and its effect on bearing friction and temperature

Lubrication December 9, 2018

Selecting the right industrial gear oil

Viscosity grade and speed are among the determining factors when making a selection for industrial gear oil.

By R. David Whitby
Lubrication November 2, 2018

Maintaining boiler safety

Short-term errors or long-term practices can cause boiler failures. Low-water trip switches should be checked regularly and never bypassed. Poor feedwater quality can cause corrosion and contamination. HVAC/SafetyRegard for personnel safety is an item that is first and foremost in the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of industrial manufacturing facilities.

By William L. Reeves, PE, ESI Inc. of Tennessee, Kennesaw, GA
Lubrication November 2, 2018

Cutting fluids

Rustlick biostable semi-synthetic cutting fluids enable manufacturing plants to consolidate to one universal fluid. They are available in a non-chlorinated version – Ultracut 370R - or a chlorinated version – Ultracut 375R. The versatility of the fluids allow them to be used for both machining and grinding operation while providing optimum performance for a wide range of ferrous and...

By Staff
Lubrication August 10, 2018

Taking a Big Data approach to lubrication management

Maintenance is a perfect fit for an IIoT world.

By Dr. Robert M. Gresham, Society for Tribology and Lubrication Engineers (STLE)
Lubrication June 19, 2018

Propane forklifts — 3 myths and truths

Despite propane’s established reputation on the floors of facilities of all kinds, a few misconceptions about propane forklifts persist.

By Jeremy Wishart, Propane Education & Research Council (PERC)
Lubrication May 2, 2018

Technical program announced for annual lubrication, reliability exhibition

Advancements in manufacturing, metalworking, transportation and power generation to be featured at annual event for lubrication and reliability professionals.

By The Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE)
Lubrication June 14, 2017

Cutting through the fog on pneumatic lubrication

Choosing the right strategy to prolong the life of key equipment will have a major impact for your plant.

By Charles Werdehoff, IMI Precision Engineering
Lubrication May 12, 2017

On-board lubrication and greasing monitor

LUBExpert creates an on-board lubrication and greasing assistant is designed to guide lube-techs before, during, and after re-greasing, resulting in optimal lubrication parameters on all assets.

By Ludeca
Lubrication June 10, 2016

Lubrication 101

Have the right information to make the right choices.

By Timken
Lubrication July 3, 2013

Valve system for pneumatic efficiency

Advanced Valve AV03 valve systems can arrange pneumatics decentrally and can control coils with a D-sub connection or Fieldbus connection.

Lubrication June 24, 2013

Flash steam – What a waste!

Flash steam is pretty much inevitable in every steam plant – it comes from the hot condensate discharge from steam traps.

Lubrication May 1, 2013

Switching PM gears for fast and furious maintenance

CMMS conventional wisdom tells us to schedule our machine preventive maintenance items on a calendar, but what if it's too early to check and replace a part?

By Paul Lachance
Lubrication April 26, 2013

Step-by-step on energy management software

When it comes to industrial energy and its relationship to the operational excellence model, energy directors and line of business leaders are constantly challenged with the management of energy procurement, use, and reporting

By Matthew Littlefield, LNS Research
Lubrication April 25, 2013

New tactics needed to develop a new workforce

Companies that invest in the right learning and development programs will better position themselves to accelerate skills development, improve organizational capability, and sustain business success

By Sam Ponzo
Lubrication April 2, 2013

PMI index dips in March, but stays on growth path

Unexpected drop to 51.3% disappoints analysts, stock market

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Lubrication March 29, 2013

Reduced corrective maintenance is found money

Better management of corrective and preventive work orders means a more efficient maintenance team will provide workers more capacity and reduce unnecessary overtime

By Paul Lachance, Smartware Group
Lubrication March 6, 2013

Liquid paddlewheel flow meter

The IC-LPM series of paddlewheel meters are designed to meet flow monitoring requirements for temperature controllers and chemical and water batching

Lubrication December 28, 2012

ARC Report: Simulated training a growth trend

Projected growth to top 9% a year over next five years, study finds.

By ARC Advisory Group
Lubrication December 18, 2012

Centrifuge filter systems

The Hydroflow centrifuge filer system uses an open rotor bowl with a flexible liner.

Lubrication December 7, 2012

Run your boiler at its best

Maintaining Efficiency Is a Continuing Goal

Lubrication December 7, 2012

Microturbines in the news

Power Plus Heat with Reliability, Efficiency

Lubrication December 7, 2012

Benefit from supplemental heat for industrial spaces

Systems improve efficiency, add comfort

Lubrication November 27, 2012

Particulates, liquids, oxidation contribute to oil contamination

Oil discoloration should be addressed with high importance for optimal operation performance.

By Andrew Myers
Lubrication June 29, 2012

How often should PM strategies and tasks be reviewed?

The question is often asked "how often should PM strategies and tasks be reviewed?" Here are 3 processes an organization should have in place to support PM reviews.

By Tracy Strawn, Marshall Institute
Lubrication June 8, 2012

Identifying the relevant NFPA standards on combustible dust

Combustible dust can be a dangerous hazard. Follow these guidelines to keep you and your workers safe.

By Tony Supine & Mike Walters, Camfil Farr APC
Lubrication May 2, 2012

ISM report: Manufacturing growth expands in April

Index reaches highest level since June 2011

By Institute for Supply Management
Lubrication April 12, 2012

Dual stage ac, dc filters

Dual stage ac and dc filters are designed with much higher inductance common mode coils to reduce excessive common mode emissions generated by high power Silicon-Controlled Rectifiers.

Lubrication March 13, 2012

Video borescope systems

DCS1800 and DCS1600 video borescope systems

By General Tools and Instruments
Lubrication March 9, 2012

U.S. manufacturing rebound driving optimism for global growth

Despite challenges, economists at MFG Meeting find "a bright future"

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager
Lubrication March 2, 2012

Medium voltage drives growth in Brazil to outpace China

High growth in Brazil is predominately driven by oil and gas and mining expansion, as well as projects for infrastructure improvement

By IMS Research (acquired by IHS)
Lubrication February 21, 2012

ExxonMobil works to introduce girls to engineering careers

National Engineers Week and the ExxonMobil Foundation are working together for the ninth straight year to present "Introduce a Girl to Engineering."

Lubrication February 20, 2012

Pneumatic line expanded with tubing, fittings

The NITRA line of pneumatic components has been expanded with tubing and fittings, as well as blowguns and aluminum manifolds.

Lubrication February 15, 2012

Troubleshooting boiler operation

Keeping an eye on boiler operations can lead to efficiency gains.

By Gary Wamsley, PE, CEM, JoGar Energy and Utility Services Inc.
Lubrication February 14, 2012

Asset analysis: The forgotten ROI from your CMMS

It’s one thing to use CMMS to manage everyday work orders and preventive maintenance schedules of assets/equipment.

By Paul Lachance, Smartware Group
Lubrication February 14, 2012

Maintenance contracts can improve reliability, safety

Neglecting routine tasks increases the probability of unscheduled downtime.

By Frank Waterer, Schneider Electric Engineering Services
Lubrication November 1, 2011

2011 POY Finalists: Lighting

Finalists in Lighting in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Amanda McLeman, Plant Engineering
Lubrication November 1, 2011

POY Finalist: Lubrication management

Finalist in Maintenance Software in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Amanda McLeman, Plant Engineering
Lubrication October 24, 2011

Parity in 2015: Tipping manufacturing toward U.S.

Boston Consulting Group study shows 2-3 million jobs could be headed back to the U.S. from China as costs, productivity balance out.

By The Boston Consulting Group
Lubrication October 17, 2011

High-performance lubricants offer greater energy efficiency

Mobil SHC gear fluids are approved for use in gearboxes and exceed nearly every OEM specification for industrial gearbox applications.

Lubrication September 22, 2011

Making sense of third-party maintenance for your automatic welding system

Working with third-party PM providers allows more focus on core competencies.

By Bob Steinke and Bob Rickel, The Lincoln Electric Company
Lubrication September 13, 2011

Rep. Manzullo: Jobs bill needs further work, more incentives

In an era of polarization in Washington, there is a Manufacturing Caucus headed by U.S. Reps. Don Manzullo (R-IL) and Tim Ryan (D-OH) that works to bring legislation to assist manufacturers.

By CFE Media
Lubrication August 25, 2011

Industrial inspection camera released

RIDGID's SeeSnake nanoReel is designed for ultra-small diameter lines and has the ability to make tight turns for specialized applications.

Lubrication August 15, 2011

On the floor: Making magic by keeping machines running

The machine maintenance department is a plant’s backbone.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager
Lubrication August 10, 2011

Gas Technology: Floor heating finds new friends

Radiant Systems Ideal for Industrial Environments

By Plant Engineering Staff
Lubrication August 10, 2011

Gas Technology: Natural gas-powered trucking

Diesel and Gasoline Alternative Gains Popularity in North America

By Plant Engineering Staff
Lubrication August 7, 2011

Gas Technology: Big fans make a big difference

HVLS Fans Cool in Summer, Distribute Heat in Winter

By Plant Engineering Staff
Lubrication June 21, 2011

Proper lubrication plays a role in energy efficiency

Many factors come into play when selecting a lubricant, including the desired performance of the gearbox within an application.

By Hermann Siebert, Klüber Lubrication
Lubrication June 15, 2011

Process availability can pay big dividends

Does a making an investment in process improvement to increase system integrity during an era of reduced operating and capital budgets make sense?

By Kristen Barbour, Pepperl+Fuchs
Lubrication May 10, 2011

Best Practices for Condensate System Piping

The best method for improving steam system energy efficiency, reducing chemical costs, and reducing make-up water costs is to return the maximum quantity of condensate to the boiler plant.

By Kelly Paffel, Swagelok Company
Lubrication May 10, 2011

Concentrate on condensate

Manage the many factors that contribute to steam system efficiency

By Kelly Paffel, Swagelok Company
Lubrication April 4, 2011

Focusing on internal process efficiency pays off for Grundfos Pumps

Grundfos Pumps describes 2010 as best year ever after posting record revenue due to changes in internal process efficiency, global sustainability; profit will allow for even greater investment in 2011

By SOURCE: Grundfos
Lubrication March 7, 2011

Explosion proof hazardous light fixture

Larson Electronics’ Magnalight adds hazardous area light fixture, with bracket mounting options to family of products

By SOURCE: Magnalight
Lubrication January 27, 2011

Bearing isolator for flooded, oil mist applications

The environmentally friendly EnDuro, a bearing isolator from Garlock Sealing Technologies, LLC, features a biconcave surface incorporated within a fluorocarbon stator to provide long-life and reliable bearing protection.

Lubrication December 29, 2010

Fulton gears up for AHR 2011 Expo with new products

Fulton to introduce including a signature boiler honoring the company’s founder

Lubrication December 14, 2010

Sweet Home, Alabama: ThyssenKrupp opens steel manufacturing facility

Calvery plant to employ 2,700, expand company's footprint in the Americas; ThyssenKrupp is entering a new dimension of its history,” said ThyssenKrupp AG CEO Dr. Ekkehard Schulz

Lubrication November 15, 2010

2010 POY Finalists: Fluid Handling

Plant Engineering's 2010 Product of the Year finalists featured in the Fluid Handling category.

Lubrication November 14, 2010

Sound safeguarding practices improve ergonomics, safety

Specific regulation regarding the ergonomics of machine design is somewhat lacking; many safety standards only go so far as to dictate that ergonomics must be taken into consideration. However, safeguarding equipment such as two-hand control and safety light curtains can be employed to promote ergonomics and relieve a degree of the stress placed on operators—and their employers as well.

By Mike Carlson, Banner Engineering
Lubrication November 12, 2010

GAS TECHNOLOGY: Engine-Driven CHP Makes Inroads

New Technologies, New Applications

Lubrication October 26, 2010

Getting down with heat

Air destratification can reduce heating costs in winter

By Nina Wolgelenter, Big Ass Fans
Lubrication October 6, 2010

GE Energy to acquire Dresser Inc.

Acquisition of Dresser's compression, flow technology, measurement and distribution infrastructure to bolster GE's growing energy portfolio

Lubrication August 3, 2010

Optical technologies monitor leak detection, fugitive emissions

A study published by the American Petroleum Institute in 1997 (API Publication 310 Analysis of Refinery Screening Data) found that fewer than five percent of the components in refineries accounted for more than 90 percent of fugitive emissions. It was further shown that these components were leaking at rates of 10,000 ppm or more, well beyond the leak definition or allowable levels.

By Jim Drago, Garlock
Lubrication July 31, 2010

Winning the race against equipment failure

While no technology can prevent normal equipment wear or the need for maintenance, Predictive Analytics and the latest advances in Predictive Diagnostics now are helping plants to overcome their challenges by detecting impending problems early and allowing plants to take control of their operations.

By Steve Tonissen, SmartSignal
Lubrication July 20, 2010

GAS TECHNOLOGY: Linkageless boiler controls take over

Benefits of microprocessor-driven linkageless burner controls include optimized combustion, repeatability, improved safety control, maximum turndown, fuel and energy savings, and reduced emissions. Modern linkageless control systems include combustion sensing equipment, precise modulators for fuel and air and, ideally, an exhaust gas analysis feedback system.

Lubrication July 13, 2010

Plastic pipe coupling

The Style 296A coupling for fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP) pipe offers more efficient installation than the alternative methods of butt-and-wrap and adhesive bell-and-spigot pipe joints. It is ideal for industrial applications such as fly ash, slurry systems, cooling water, waste water, condensate, mild acids/chemicals, oil lines and drainage systems. The coupling engages into pre-manufactured patent pending Advanced Groove System (AGS) grooved built-up FRP pipe ends to form a secure, rigid pipe joint for pressures up to 150 psi/1035 kPa.

Lubrication January 4, 2010

Energy, economy are hot topics at AHR

The annual AHR conference in Orlando, set for Jan. 25 -27 at the Orange County Convention Center, is the year's first major industrial trade show. It's also going to be the first chance in 2010 to see how ready manufacturers are to rebound from the challenges of 2009 and how suppliers in this energy-intensive industry are going to respond with new products and ideas.

By Bob Vavra
Lubrication January 1, 2010

Industrial fan – 2010-01-01

The Powerfoil X industrial fan uses its NitroSeal Drive to reduce gearbox maintenance and run the fan at a cooler temperature. The hermetically-sealed drive is nitrogen-filled to ensure zero moisture and contamination. The hollow output shaft allows for the integration of electronic devices such as a light, camera or VESDA smoke detection.

Lubrication December 16, 2009

Why welding remains vital for today’s manufacturers

Process continues to meet the intense challenges of gas, oil, water and many other industries

By Dan Jones, Thermadyne
Lubrication November 9, 2009

Vortex steam flow meters

These vortex steam flow meters are suitable for measuring non-condensing steam and saturated process steam at pressures up to 150 psi for boiler monitoring as well as building and facilities management.

Lubrication September 28, 2009

Liquid density meter for corrosive environments

New Zirconium fork meter extends high accuracy liquid density and concentration measurements to corrosive acids and alkalis.

Lubrication September 1, 2009

Floor treatment choices address safety, maintenance issues

When selecting a finish, to protect employees and visitors under all conditions, it is wise to make sure whatever finish you select results in a high-traction surface, even when wet

By Greg Schwietz L&M Construction Chemicals
Lubrication March 23, 2009

A new dimension for the plant floor

3D modeling offers a deeper vision of plant operations

By Robert Shear, Autodesk
Lubrication March 1, 2009

Discrete automation spending to slump

A new study by the ARC Advisory Group finds that spending on automation in discrete manufacturing leveled off in 2008 and may actually drop a bit in 2009 before rebounding. ARC sees a growth in the overall discrete automation market of 3.5% over the next five years, and predicts it will reach $22 billion by 2012.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Lubrication March 1, 2009

Energy-efficient space heaters deliver green plants and profits

Heating industrial buildings is a bigger challenge than ever before. Companies need to save energy, improve indoor air quality and get “greener” by reducing their building's carbon emissions footprint.

By Ken Williams, Cambridge Engineering Inc.
Lubrication January 1, 2009

Non-chemical solutions for cooling towers address financial, environmental issues

Facilities around the world that use cooling towers and evaporative condensers are trying to reduce water consumption and sewer charges while maintaining effective cooling water treatment. Many areas of the U.S. are focusing on water conservation, and many others are turning their attention to the health and safety of employees and environmental concerns.

By Abby Harris, VRTX Technologies
Lubrication January 1, 2009

A long days’ journey into Azerbaijan

On his return trip from a recent trade show in Bangalore, India, editor Bob Vavra's flight took a couple of unexpected turns, increasing what was already an 18-hour flight to a two-day affair. While not a harrowing experience by any means, the trip afforded some object lessons that, when applied to manufacturing, are definitely food for thought.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
Lubrication December 1, 2008

Success floats

Building a global manufacturing business is just the latest success for Quality Float Works

By Bob Vavra, Editor
Lubrication October 15, 2008


Engineered to loosen frozen metal parts and provide silicone-enhanced lubrication to keep parts moving, SiliKroil penetrates into 1 one-millionth inch spaces to break apart rust and provide lubrication at the molecular level. Designed for use on frozen bearings, slides, gate valves, hinges, chains and more, it’s formulated with silicone to enhance water displacement and improve performanc...

By Plant Engineering Staff
Lubrication September 18, 2008

Italy delivers a pep talk for American manufacturing

Italian Trade Commission speech points to strengths in U.S. markets here and globally

By Plant Engineering Staff
Lubrication September 17, 2008

Optimized boiler packages

Optimized boiler packages are designed to help facilities reduce fuel costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Lubrication September 15, 2008

Lubricant’s impact on plant sustainability objectives

When one thinks of plant sustainability, the concept of proper lubricant management is not typically the first thing that jumps to mind. However, how lubricants are selected, monitored and maintained can have a fundamental impact on a plant’s sustainability objectives. Lubricants are often considered the lifeblood of machines.

By Greg Livingstone, CleanOil
Lubrication September 15, 2008

Fiber laser

The F-series fiber laser is available in 10- and 20-W versions that combine YAG technology with fiber optics to accommodate precision marking.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Lubrication July 31, 2008

Honeywell, Chinese petroleum group strike an alliance

Maintenance, training, research centers to be established as part of pact

By Plant Engineering Staff
Lubrication July 15, 2008

Today’s critical question: How are you managing?

It is the perfect storm of manufacturing challenges: a rush to reduce operating costs in an attempt to counter skyrocketing energy prices at a time of increasing global demand for both raw materials and finished goods. It costs more to make everything we want, and we want more of it, and there are more of us who want it.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
Lubrication July 15, 2008

Create a roadmap for proper pump maintenance

Taking care of your pump is like caring for your vehicle. Once you choose the perfect vehicle for your particular needs, you’re ready to put it to work for you. You may start with a protective wax when you first pull it into your driveway from the sales lot, then as time goes on you will service the vehicle with proper oil changes, tune ups and tire rotation or replacement.

By Karl Eiler, Grundfos Pumps Corp.
Lubrication May 15, 2008

Green means integration, not just energy efficiency

As energy prices head for the stars and American businesses contract green fever, it’s tempting to overly focus on energy savings as a driver for greening your plants.

By Michael Ivanovich, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Lubrication April 15, 2008

Metalworking lube

Accu-Lube LB4600 is a natural, environmentally safe metalworking lubricant recommended for MQL operations in non-ferrous machining processes such as sawing and machining of aluminum.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Lubrication April 15, 2008

Lubricant loosens rust, stops squeaks

Molykote L-0501 high-performance lubricant is a multi-purpose penetrating oil formulated to loosen rusted parts, stop squeaks and provide corrosion resistance and long-term lubrication.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Lubrication April 4, 2008

Refrigeration, air conditioning equipment

The Qwik system flush is a biodegradable, non-toxic and non-flammable removal system for residual oil, moisture and acid in refrigeration and air conditioning equipment.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Lubrication February 29, 2008

Tips from Dow Corning: How to keep your plants well oiled and running smoothly

A frequently cited study from M.I.T. estimates that approximately $240 billion—6 to 7 percent of the U.S. gross national product—is lost due to downtime, repairs, and damaged equipment caused by poor lubrication. Phil Grellier, Dow Corning global solutions development manager, offers three tips for keeping plants well oiled and running smoothly.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Lubrication February 15, 2008

Tips: Knowledge of best practices, oil analysis maximize productivity

A frequently cited study from M.I.T. estimates that approximately $240 billion – 6 to 7% of the United States’ gross national product – is lost due to downtime, repairs and damaged equipment caused by poor lubrication.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Lubrication January 16, 2008

Lime scale remover

ScaleBlaster is designed to eliminate the formation of lime scale deposits in water pipes, cooling towers, boilers and more without the need of water softening equipment, salts, chemicals or maintenance.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Lubrication December 15, 2007

Develop clear lubrication procedures

One of the best ways to avoid maintenance downtime is by having clear and precise lubrication procedures. When developing lubrication procedures for manufacturing facilities, engineers should consider several requirements to maximize machinery life, including routine maintenance and lubrication procedures.

By Sam Farag, Alemite LLC
Lubrication December 15, 2007

Top Plant: SEW Eurodrive: Growing a workforce

People make the difference at SEW Eurodrive’s Lyman, SC plant. Family environment, no layoffs, automation to do the heavy lifting and a management team that empowers its employees – it’s no wonder employees say it’s a great place to work. There must be something special about management; there must be something special about the employees.

By Jack Smith, Managing Editor
Lubrication October 15, 2007

Valuing your human ‘cogs’ and keeping them safe

We don't think of our plant employees as just another piece of manufacturing equipment. Perhaps it's time we should. After all, when things are running well, don't you go into the corner office and tell your CFO that the floor “is running like a well-oiled machine?” Don't you suggest in the staff meeting that productivity gains are due to your staff “working like cogs in a gia...

By Bob Vavra, Editor
Lubrication August 15, 2007

Necessity for solving problems is the mother of Tips & Tricks

When Tips & Tricks first debuted in the 1980s, maintenance (and manufacturing for that matter) was straddling that line between high-tech and low-tech. There were increasing uses of monitoring equipment and sensors that helped the maintenance manager stay on top of equipment performance. There were also those nagging little problems for which experience – and a little grease – w...

By Bob Vavra, Editor
Lubrication July 15, 2007

Electric circulation heaters require proper use, maintenance

Electric circulation heaters are used in a variety of applications. They heat gases such as nitrogen, hydrogen and hydrocarbons and liquids such as water, oils and acids. They are also used in a variety of industries, including oil and gas refining, petrochemical and chemical processing. Refining often requires electric heating systems in ancillary processes such as hydrocarbon and hydrogen gas...

By Richard Hartfelder, Watlow
Lubrication May 15, 2007

Energy efficiency a powerful topic in the Bicentennial year of 1976

As a company that has made metal fasteners for more than 80 years, Elco Industries always had a knack for hitting the nail on the head. Its approach to energy efficiency is no exception. “Today’s rapidly rising energy prices, the possibility of fuel cutbacks and company’s public spiritedness have spurred Elco’s top management to finance the development of new conservatio...

By Bob Vavra, Editor
Lubrication April 15, 2007

Discover your provider’s capabilities

As industrialized nations must compete more often against low manufacturing costs in developing countries, manufacturing businesses are implementing Manufacturing Execution Systems to increase productivity, improve quality and reduce downtime. Typically MES solutions are associated with improvement initiatives such as LEAN, Six Sigma, TQM, TPM, among others.

By Staff
Lubrication March 1, 2007

Adhesives brochure

Schober USA introduces a full-color brochure highlighting the Dragon, a technology for converting multi-layered, self-adhesive products in a single pass. Detailed in the eight-page catalog is a central converting drum with five processing stations to laminate, de-laminate or die-cut materials such as film and foil, pressure-sensitive paper stock and textiles.

By Staff
Lubrication February 6, 2007

Wireless lighting control without batteries

The wireless lighting control system includes a wireless/battery-free switch and a receiver. Wireless switches cut installation time, cost and inconvenience. The switches look like standard wired switches, but can be installed into junction boxes, plaster rings or‘flush mounted’ to any surface with screws, tape or adhesive.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Lubrication February 1, 2007

Energy efficiency the hot (and cold) topic at AHR

The huge crowds that poured into the AHR Expo in Dallas on Jan. 29 through Jan. 31 came with a number of issues to explore, but energy efficiency topped the list. While suppliers were coming forward with solutions – it was hard to find a booth where energy wasn’t mentioned – it was equally important that suppliers were coming forward with a better understanding of the problem.

By Bob Vavra
Lubrication January 12, 2007

Elastomeric expansion joints

The 104GS general service elastomeric expansion joints are suitable for use in new construction projects, water and wastewater treatment plants, power generation facilities and various other industrial applications. The joints feature a neoprene tube and cover that offer oil and abrasion resistance while protecting the carcass from many environmental elements. Their neoprene construction makes the 104GS compatible with a range of media.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Lubrication December 1, 2006


CorrSurface Protect (CSP) coatings and lubricants are designed for maintenance of critical equipment used by corrugated box manufacturers. CSP 3560 coating pretreats trays, allowing ink and starch to be hosed off easily and eliminating the need for pan scraping. CSP 2224 treats double-backer hot plates, shortening board scoring and production downtime due to scraping.

By Staff
Lubrication November 1, 2006

Multi-point grease lubricator

A centralized lubrication system, the C-Power multi-point lubricator delivers grease to up to six lubrication points. It's compatible with a variety of lubricants, except oil, and includes a selection of accessories such as brackets, clamps, brushes, fittings and hose extensions. Full pressure is maintained regardless of the number of lubrication points.

By Staff
Lubrication November 1, 2006

Automated maintenance systems are no substitute for experience

Regarding a recent article on automated condition monitoring systems and general interest in that type of technology, I thought that you might be interested in a recent experience of mine. My father is in assisted living. As everyone knows, this is very expensive. The facility recently entertained a cost cutting offer.

By Staff
Lubrication August 1, 2006

Oil-skimming equipment

Oil skimming is a cost-effective means of cleaning industrial waste water prior to disposal or discharge, the company reported. Abanaki’s Model 8 oil grabber has a low-maintenance design and removes up to 40 gallons of oil per hour. Abanaki Corporation

By Staff
Lubrication July 1, 2006

Synthetic Lube Guide now online

Download the 2006 PLANT ENGINEERING Guide to Synthetic Lubrication at The 2006 Guide is easily downloadable in PDF format, giving readers a comprehensive list of synthetic lubrication suppliers by type of oil, its ISO viscosity grade and its availability in food grade. The guide, published every three years, is a unique look at suppliers, and includes the food grade de...

By Staff
Lubrication June 15, 2006

Web Exclusive: Electrostatic filtering

Electrostatics: another wayto get the gunk out of oil Another aspect of a lubrication program to evaluate is filtration. While mechanical filtration, which employs strainers to remove particulates from lubricant and is based on particle size, has been the dominant method for years, it’s not the only way to keep your lubrication system free of contaminants. Electrostatic filtration goes a step further by removing substances that are either too small or are otherwise difficult—if not impossible—for mechanical filters to handle. “The key difference from other contamination control strategies is that electrostatics are able to pull particulate out of the oil regardless of size,” explained Jon Prescott, Kleentek Technical Sales.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Lubrication April 1, 2006

Hot-oil cleaning system

Paratherm Corporation has given its hot-oil system cleaning liquids line a new name: The Sludgebusters. Both the Paratherm SC system cleaner and the Paratherm LC system cleaner remove sludge and carbon build-up in thermal-fluid systems over time. With smaller systems that are shut down regularly, or that need to be cleaned quickly and put back on line, Paratherm SC is a liquid that will do a th...

By Staff
Lubrication March 24, 2006

ExxonMobil offers oil analysis program

ExxonMobil has announced the expansion of its proprietary Signum Oil Analysis program for industrial facilities, heavy off-highway equipment operators and trucking fleets. The online-enabled oil analysis program is designed to help plant engineers and maintenance professionals improve equipment durability and reliability, anticipate potential failures, and reduce overall maintenance costs. Available via the Internet at , the service enables users to manage their oil and lubrication analysis needs quickly at anytime, anywhere. The online interface provides customers with immediate access to ExxonMobil's dedicated lubrication specialists and customized recommendations based on the company's proprietary oil analysis and test control limits. "With Signum Oil Analysis, plant managers and maintenance professionals always have, at their fingertips, a wealth of valuable information and a comprehensive view of their entire oil analysis program," said Susan Bello, industrial lubricants services advisor, ExxonMobil Lubricants & Specialties.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Lubrication March 1, 2006

Understanding long-term insulation efficiency

The task of thermal insulation is to provide reliable and long-term thermal resistance despite potential harsh environmental and service conditions. Reliable and long-term insulation efficiency is a prerequisite to safe and economical plant operation. But, long-term insulation efficiency doesn't just happen.

By Ken Collier, Systems Engineer, Pittsburgh Corning Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA
Lubrication February 1, 2006

Toilet facilities must be made available and accessible

OSHA's sanitation standard for general industry, 29 CFR 1910.141, requires employers to provide their employees with toilet facilities. An April 6, 1998 memorandum to the Agency's regional administrators and State Plan State designees explains the standard's requirements that employers make toilet facilities available so that employees can use them when needed.

By Sherman Williamson, OSHA Department of Enforcement
Lubrication February 1, 2006

Non-contact sensor market touched by innovations

Sensors such as inductive proximity, capacitive proximity, photoelectric and ultrasonic are being used in many applications for which they were never considered previously. These noncontact sensors are available with a variety of output configurations, such as normally-open (NO) and normally-closed (NC) contact configurations, as well as analog output configurations.

By Lenny Filipkowski, AutomationDirect, Cumming, GA
Lubrication January 1, 2006

High-visibility earmuffs

The Bilsom Leightning Hi-Visibility Earmuffs deliver dual protection, maximum attenuation and total visibility, especially in outdoors or in low-lighting situations. The eye-catching fluorescent green earcups contrast against dark backgrounds, in low lighting or in inclement weather. A reflective headband that illuminates when exposed to light, providing additional safety, day or night.

By Staff
Lubrication January 1, 2006

High performance solvents

Novec Aerosol Cleaners are a new line of non-flammable aerosols and a viable alternative to HCFC-141b-based cleaners for the removal of dust, grease, oil and other maintenance of sensitive electronics in the industrial, telecommunications, aerospace and military markets. The new line comprises three low-toxicity, fast-drying cleaners that are ideal for challenging manufacturing applications and...

By Staff
Lubrication November 29, 2005

News from Plant Engineering: Week of Nov. 27

NAM: Time for action on China currency The National Association of Manufacturers expressed disappointment over the Bush Administration’s failure to cite China’s currency manipulation policies in its latest report to Congress, and said the time to simply talk about currency issues was past. "We have been very supportive of the Administration's constructive engagement with the Chinese government on the currency issue but, at some point, talk must end and action must be taken. We believe that time is now,” said NAM president John Engler. Engler noted that in May, Treasury Secretary John Snow had said the Chinese would need to change its currency policies to avoid further pressure from Washington. The Chinese made only a minor revaluation of the yuan in July, and NAM has called on the Bush administration to keep the pressure on. “Since the small revaluation announced by China in July, the yuan has appreciated a mere 0.3 percent,” continued Engler.“Both President Bush and Secretary Snow have in recent weeks said that China needed to do more, and we agree.” Where is this year’s Top Plant winner? The 2005 PLANT ENGINEERING magazine Top Plant recipient will be announced December 15 when the December issue of PLANT ENGINEERING reaches your mailbox.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Lubrication November 29, 2005

Modest growth for global DCS market

The DCS market experienced healthy growth between 2003 and 2004 because of deployments in China, India and other developing countries, as well as stabilization in declining hardware prices. This growth is expected to continue through at least the 2006-2007 timeframe, resulting in overall market growth of 6% between 2004 and 2009, according to a new ARC Advisory Group study, "DCS Worldwide Outlook Market Analysis and Forecast Through 2009." Growth in China and India is compounded by the fact that significant restructuring efforts will need to be made in the North American oil and gas along with their refining infrastructures in the wake of an unprecedented hurricane season, as well as a return to stronger, albeit moderate growth, in the previously depressed Japanese DCS market, according to the ARC report. "After years of decline in the hardware business, increased demand and overall market growth have resulted in a resurgence in hardware growth,” said Larry O'Brien, ARC Research Director and the study's principal author. “Hardware revenues for suppliers are expected to grow at the average annual rate of just over 4% through 2009, which is a big departure from the declines witnessed in the hardware business in recent years.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Lubrication November 1, 2005

Lubrication applicator

The MicroPoly wheel flange lubrication system lubricates the flanges by using a specially designed applicator, which keeps the MicroPoly arcs in contact with the flange. The oil transfers to the flange, providing constant and consistent lubrication. Flange lubrication can be eliminated from the maintenance schedule.

By Staff
Lubrication November 1, 2005

LED illuminator for boiler level gauges

DuraStar LED illuminator is designed for flat glass boiler level gauges. It has high contrast with superior visibility day or night and is maintenance free with a life of 100,000 hrs. There is no heat generation. The amber LED provides a high intensity star-like image of the water line. The explosion-proof power supply has an intrinsically safe lighting circuit that pays for itself in electrici...

By Staff
Lubrication November 1, 2005

Cordless grease gun controls flow

SuperLuber offers a fast way to lubricate equipment. It dispenses up to 2.3 ounces of grease per minute. A microchip trigger switch features a variable speed control coupled with an electric brake to stop the motor instantly, reducing waste. The unit can maintain an output pressure of 6,000 psi while enabling users to control grease volume and expedite lubrication.

By Staff
Lubrication September 21, 2005

OSIsoft, SmartSignal form real-time alignment

OSIsoft and SmartSignal Corp have aligned to deliver value to mutual customers with technologies that improve equipment performance through greater access to real-time data. SmartSignal’s equipment performance improvement technology provides actionable early warning of abnormal performance across critical systems and operating modes. This technology can be applied to any equipment that employs sensors to provide a real-time view of a plant’s operating condition. OSIsoft’s real-time performance management platform (RtPM), complements SmartSignal technology by gathering information, adding context and ultimately providing a way to analyze and visualize data to deliver predictive capability. The Analysis Framework (AF) from OSIsoft is a critical component of the RtPM platform that enables an organization to build a consistent representation of its assets.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Lubrication September 1, 2005

Maintenance as a profit center takes a change in thinking

Whenever we initially meet with a new client, the first (and ultimately most important) point that we introduce at the meeting is the fact that there is only one reason for our discussion — money. When your initial focus is on money, your perception of O&M improvement changes from reduced PM cost to an increased ROI from your maintenance expenditures.

By Anthony M. Smith and Glenn R. Hinchcliffe
Lubrication September 1, 2005

Human Side – 2005-09-01

A rule is a rule — and then there are exceptions The 17th century English clergyman Robert Burton wrote: "No rule is so general which admits of no exception." We say, kudos for Burton. And double kudos for any corporate executive or supervisor who endorses and supports Burton's well-expressed sentiment. True, no nation, state, institution, corporation, corporate division or department could run efficiently without a custom tailored set of well-formulated rules established in an effort to regulate proper procedure and behavior.

By Raymond Dreyfack, Contributing Editor
Lubrication August 1, 2005

Match floor care equipment to the cleaning task at hand

A clean work environment promotes worker safety, productivity and product quality. In addition, the cleanliness of your plant, warehouse or machine shop conveys a quality image that carries over into higher employee morale and positive reactions from visiting customers and vendors. In short, keeping a clean workplace adds real value to virtually any enterprise.

By Dave Ditty, Training Manager, Advance, Minneapolis, MN
Lubrication July 1, 2005

Watch extruded copper and fabricated plate work sectors

Plant engineers who buy operating materials and supplies already know how quick budgets can be hit by inflationary trends. In the 12-month period ending April 2005, 17 of 19 industries in our operating supplies index pushed prices higher. Only two — lubricating greases and abrasive coating products — actually cut tags or saw price escalation slow down.

By Staff
Lubrication July 1, 2005

Basics of power transmission chain

A chain is a reliable machine component that transmits power by tensile force. Chains may be classified in many ways. From one viewpoint, chain is a continuous, flexible rack engaging a pair of gears. Another viewpoint terms chain a mechanical belt, running over wheels, which can be used to transmit power.

By Joseph L. Foszcz, Senior Editor, Plant Engineering
Lubrication May 1, 2005


Ergonomics posters Humantech, Inc. has introduced nine new ergonomics posters. These full-color posters provide straightforward and accurate visual reminders of issues and solutions for improving workplace ergonomics.

By Staff
Lubrication May 1, 2005


Hot gas reheat Hot gas reheat with direct digital dehumidification controls can be added to an entire IntelliPak HVAC rooftop line. The hot gas reheat feature uses native energy from An IntelliPak rooftop unit to provide comfortable space temperatures while reducing relative humidity levels. It also complies with the ASHRAE 90.1 guidelines that limit the amount of new energy allowable for dehumidification using reheat.

By Staff
Lubrication March 10, 2005

Maintain concrete properly to preserve its strength

In today's lexicon, the word "concrete" has come to symbolize strength, stability, and the image of being set in stone. Yet, concrete in plants and industrial facilities comes under attack from both natural and manmade forces almost from the time it is first poured and formed. The relative rate of degradation resulting from these assaults depends on a wide variety of factors of which only some ...

By Tom Kline, Engineering Services Manager, Structural Preservation Systems, Inc., Houston, TX
Lubrication February 10, 2005

Selecting high-volume low-speed fans

When choosing a fan system for a facility, a number of key factors must be considered, including the system's effectiveness, cost efficiency, the size of the facility, and any obstructions to air flow. Box fans, ceiling fans, axial and propeller fans, centrifugal fans, or mixed and cross flow fans may come into consideration.

By Peter D. Caruso, MacroAir Technologies LLC, Shelton, CT
Lubrication December 10, 2004

Solutions – 2004-12-10

Safety First... In all cases, even if not specifically mentioned in the writeups, verify that the tip does not violate any relevant code, standard, or practice. Always use the appropriate safety equipment and procedures when applying the maintenance tips.

By Staff
Lubrication December 10, 2004

Human Side – 2004-12-10

Monitoring your people How far should you go? Maintenance Foreman Jim Davis glanced at his wrist. The Valentine jig construction job should have been done by now. Ralph Perkins was running late.

By Raymond Dreyfack, Contributing Editor
Lubrication October 10, 2004

Customers take on manufacturer inflation burden

Manufacturing costs for a wide range of mechanical components and operating supplies that plant engineers buy regularly have been rising sharply over the last 12 months. Unfortunately, the typical components and supplies manufacturers are passing along a sizeable portion of inflation burden to customers.

By Staff
Lubrication October 8, 2004

Heat recovery measures for air distribution and HVAC systems

Many manufacturing and industrial buildings have high rates of exhaust. Frequently, processes require the removal of excessive heat or pollutants from the indoor air using a local or general exhaust system.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Lubrication September 10, 2004

Solutions – 2004-09-10

Lens lift Problem : A gauge has to be recalibrated by removing the lens. How can a sticking lens be removed without damaging it or the gauge? Solution : Use a shop vac with a rubber nozzle to lift the lens out without damaging it. Or, glue a soft gasket to a sanitary flange and connect the shop vac to it. Contributor : John Kotlas, Maintenance Foreman, Ajinomoto AminoScience, LLC, Raleigh, NC. It's in the bag Problem : Trying to move and mate heavy machinery can be very difficult if a crane is unavailable.

By Staff
Lubrication September 10, 2004

Interchangeable Lubricant Guide

When, where, how much, and with what — these are the fundamental questions that have to be answered in equipment lubrication. The answers are normally provided by the builders of process and manufacturing equipment. However, maintenance personnel must sometimes address the "with what" question when finding substitutes for previously used lubricants.

By Joseph L. Foszcz, Senior Editor, PLANT ENGINEERING Magazine
Lubrication July 8, 2004

Safety – 2004-07-08

Access control CyberLock is an intelligent lock cylinder designed to convert existing mechanical locks into full-functioning access control systems without hardwiring. Authorized users are permitted access at specific times on pre-selected days. A comprehensive audit report is generated. Videx Write 311 on PE card Fire control IntelliKnight 5700 fire control communicator provides digital fire reporting over ordinary telephone lines and supports up to 50 addressable devices that allow the user to pin-point which device has been activated or needs attention.

By Staff
Lubrication July 8, 2004

Margins stand at all-time low

Producers of operating materials and supplies are under increasing pressure to hike prices. The reason: covering the cost of manufacturing these supplies is becoming more and more difficult. Indeed, the cost of manufacturing in the PLANT ENGINEERING market basket of operating supplies grew at a fast 5.

By Staff
Lubrication March 10, 2004

Bearings lubed-for-life

Traditionally, greases and oils have been used to lubricate ball and roller bearings. These lubricants can be messy, causing significant housekeeping problems and requiring periodic maintenance to replenish the lubricant. Solid lubricants, such as microporous polymeric lubricants (MPLs), can significantly reduce or eliminate these problems.

By Alan J. Heckler, Ph.D., PhyMet Inc., Springboro, OH.
Lubrication February 10, 2004

HVAC – 2004-02-10

Energy savings calculator ENERGY-CALC is an online program that estimates dollars saved by using gas humidification rather than electric. It allows users to select items from pull-down menus and calculates annual energy savings. In many locations, savings are so significant electric units can be replaced and the energy savings pay for the cost and installation. DRI-STEEM Write 316 on PE card Refrigerant purger HPP-3 Series high-pressure refrigerant purger is designed to provide high-efficiency, automatic, noncondensable purging from high-pressure refrigerant (R-12, 22, 134a, 500, etc.) systems in large-tonnage process cooling chillers.

By Staff
Lubrication January 10, 2004

Sellers of operating materials and supplies hit rough patch

If the folks who sell you operating materials and supplies say that manufacturers are having a tough time making a buck, you better believe it. In October 2003, five industries registered record-low levels of margins. A year ago, only one, bolts, nuts, rivets and washers, sported an F-minus margin grade.

By Staff
Lubrication November 1, 2003

Solutions – 2003-11-01

Oil glows Problem: Lubricating oil is leaking from a machine. It is difficult to see where the leak is originating. What can be done to find the leak? Solution: Clean the machine of all residual oil.

By Staff
Lubrication November 1, 2003

Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning

Efficient boiler uses aluminum MACH Series condensing hot water boilers combine the latest cast aluminum metallurgy with advanced burner and control technologies. The boiler is certified at 92% efficiency. It operates across a 5:1 turndown ratio, which is infinitely adjustable from 20% to 100% of rating, resulting in the ultimate in condensing efficiency. Patterson-Kelley : , TO VOTE, WRITE 9 ON BALLOT For more information, write 9 on card Small fan moves large volumes Vertical fan is a moveable, 8-ft, high-volume, low-speed fan that can circulate air at up to 38,000 cfm.

By Staff
Lubrication November 1, 2003

Lighting – 2003-11-01

Fixture installs easily T-Bay T5 and T8 linear fluorescent high-bay fixtures feature hinged reflector and lamp assembly that swings down for easy ballast maintenance, hinged end plates that flip down to provide ample access to wiring chamber, mounting plates for through-wire boxes, knockouts for motion detectors, and top access plate. Fixtures offer compact electronic ballasts, high-efficiency optics, and highly reflective finish. Genlyte-Thomas Group, LLC.; Stonco Lighting Div. : , TO VOTE, WRITE 5 ON BALLOT For more information, write 5 on card Dimmable lamp saves energy MP 440W/BU/e-Lamp/PS 440-W pulse-start metal halide lamp with electronic ballast is dimmable to 35% of full power and provides 60% more lumens than standard lamp using same watts per luminaire.

By Staff
Lubrication October 10, 2003

Flowmeters – 2003-10-10

Flowmeters are used for determining the amount of product passing through a pipe for purposes of product blending, determining billing or cost, machine lubrication, process heating or cooling, and many other applications. Reliability and accuracy are two of the selection factors used in choosing a flowmeter.

By Joseph L. Foszcz, Senior Editor, PLANT ENGINEERING Magazine
Lubrication September 10, 2003

Be aware of rebuilt burner-boiler controls

An older, restored home can be charming. Old, restored cars are classics. But sometimes new is not only better, it is safer and more cost-effective. That is what burner-boiler experts say about burner-boiler controls. Safe, reliable burner and boiler operation is critical for industrial plants. Experts agree that new burner-boiler controls, with the latest technology standards, are the best way...

By Tim McCarthy, Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions, Golden Valley, MN
Lubrication August 6, 2003

Maintenance Tips & Tricks

Time-conserving, money-saving, aggravation-avoiding ideas for solving typical maintenance problems should be shared with others in the plant engineering profession. This idea-exchange concept serves as the basic philosophy for Plant Engineering magazine's 15th annual "Tips & Tricks" article. Details of this article were explained in the February issue.

By Joseph L. Foszcz, Senior Editor, PLANT ENGINEERING Magazine
Lubrication August 6, 2003

Green roofs offer environmentally friendly alternative

A green roof — also called an eco-roof, nature roof, or living roof — is simply a roof that's covered with some sort of plant material (green being just one of the possible colors). The name is a reference to the environmentally friendly "green" approach, which is definitely the direction the architectural, development, and construction industries are moving.

By Michael D. Perry, President, Building Logics, Virginia Beach, VA
Lubrication August 6, 2003

Human Side – 2003-08-06 – 2003-08-06

Company lay off Senior worker's name on list When a big order was cancelled, Plant Engineer Arthur Edelstein instructed Maintenance Supervisor Pete Braddock to lay off three men. Braddock ran his eye down the roster and settled on a setup man, a mechanic, and a welder. Their names were posted on the bulletin board. It didn't take long for Setup Man Jeff Redmond to appear at his desk. "You can't lay me off." "Sorry, Jeff. I have no choice.

By Raymone Ureytack, Contributing Editor
Lubrication July 8, 2003

Grounding method eliminates rim fires

Oil industry engineers must be aware of bound charge and secondary arc risk to oil facilities, since secondary lightning effects such as bound charge and secondary arc can be 1,000 times more common than direct lightning strikes.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Lubrication June 16, 2003

Open and disguised holes can lead to injury and death

It is widely recognized that workers can fall through floor openings greater than 12" x 12".

By Plant Engineering Staff
Lubrication June 12, 2003

Insulation improves economic returns

If purchased fuel is the 'currency' of an industrial plant's energy budget, then mechanical insulation is one of its 'savings' components. Just as savings have a specific place in a financial plan for creating wealth, so does insulation play a role in optimizing a plant's valuable energy resources.

By Christopher Russell, Senior Program Manager for Industry, Alliance To Save Energ
Lubrication June 12, 2003

Solutions – 2003-06-12 – 2003-06-12

Sandy tubing • Problem: Running a copper fuel line in close quarters is awkward, especially when you have to make bends and the line kinks. Is there a way to make kinkless bends easily? • Solution: Fill the copper tube with sand, tape both ends closed, then make your bends. When the line is properly shaped, blow out the line and flush it with oil.

By Staff
Lubrication June 12, 2003

Human Side – 2003-06-12 – 2003-06-12

Shift cancellation: What is management's obligation? The weather looked threatening on the one hand. On the other, business was slower than usual. Plant Engineer Murray Kreissman paid Maintenance Supervisor Tim Hanley a visit. "What do you think, Tim? Can we get by without a second shift?" "I was asking myself the same question," Hanley replied. After a short discussion Kreissman instructed Hanley to call off the second shift. Six employees were slated to clock in at 5 p.m. Hanley told Joe Fry, his assistant, to contact the men and tell them not to report. Fry telephoned five of the six without difficulty and gave them the message.

By Raymond Dreyfack Contributing Editor
Lubrication May 6, 2003


Cost estimating handbook Facilities Manager's 2003 Costbook with CD-ROM provides access to 20,000 up-to-date costs covering new construction, repair, remodeling, and maintenance for all types of buildings. Geographic cost modifiers are provided for 233 regions and cities. The CD contains a cost-estimating software program and a construction dictionary.

By Staff
Lubrication April 28, 2003

Aera Energy pursues maintenance convergence

Oil producer Aera Energy, Bakersfield, CA, is meeting tremendous maintenance challenges at its Belridge complex through a variety of initiatives that integrate maintenance with operations. The journey to maintenance excellence is a testament to what can be accomplished in five years with a total commitment from both the maintenance and operations sides of the business.

By Staff
Lubrication March 15, 2003

Maintenance benchmark

Alcoa-Mt. Holly (formerly Alumax of South Carolina) has been recognized as a proactive maintenance benchmark for the past 18 years. Organizations designating Alcoa's Mt. Holly operation as among the best in maintenance execution include PLANT ENGINEERING Magazine, A.T. Kearney, Inc., Hartford Steam Boiler Reliabilities Technology Division, and Life Cycle Engineering.

By Staff
Lubrication February 15, 2003

Human Side – 2003-02-15

A man's job? Don't treat women as the weaker sex When a stock handler's job opening appeared on the bulletin board, it caught Alma Kornhauser's attention. But when the utility worker applied for the job, Maintenance Foreman Joe Sternfeld didn't take her request seriously. Kornhauser lost no time assuring him she was perfectly serious. The job would carry with it an increase in pay. Kornhauser reminded her boss she was a single mother with two kids to support.

By Raymond Dreyfack Contributing Editor
Lubrication November 15, 2002

Maintenance Products – 2002-11-15

Click above for 2002 Product of the Year finalists in this category.

By Staff
Lubrication September 15, 2002

New formulas reduce maintenance painting costs

The true cost of plant maintenance painting involves a number of factors, including materials, labor, and time. Advances in paint technology have resulted in coatings that require less labor to apply, minimize disruption to the plant, and shorten downtime (Fig. 1). A larger investment for these materials may be money well spent.

By Dave Schutz, Sherwin-Williams Co., Cleveland, OH
Lubrication June 15, 2002

Cool Tools

Most of us use the same tools every day and don't give them a thought. They work, they are comfortable, and they are reliable. Fortunately, there are among us those who are not satisfied with the status quo. On the following pages you will find tools that are "out of the box" in design thinking. In the process some new ideas have given old, favorite tools a new twist.

By Joseph L. Foszcz, Senior Editor, PLANT ENGINEERING Magazine
Lubrication June 15, 2002

Human Side of Engineering – 2002-06-15

Ultimate measure to determine seniority Business had declined in recent months, and management mandated a layoff in Production, Maintenance, and other departments. In compliance, Maintenance Supervisor Edgar Lehman posted a list of three employees scheduled for the ax. One of the men, Welder Grade II Charley Devons, protested. "How come Joe Tierney is being kept on, and I'm let go?" he wanted to know. "No particular reason that I can think of other than seniority," Lehman replied. "In that case an error has been made," Devons said. "I checked it out with Tierney himself.

By Raymond Dreyfack Contributing Editor
Lubrication May 13, 2002

Lubricant additives

An additive is a chemical substance added to a lubricant base stock that imparts a new or desirable property not naturally occurring in the base stock. An additive may also reinforce a desirable property that the base stock already possesses. A formulated fluid consists of a base stock and a performance package.

By Joseph L. Foszcz, Senior Editor, PLANT ENGINEERING Magazine
Lubrication February 15, 2002

Simple Solutions – 2002-02-15

No room for hands Problem: It is often impossible to hold a nut in place with your hand and start the bolt threads because the space is too narrow. Is there a way to reach in and hold the nut so the bolt can be started? Solution: Place the nut in the opening of a box wrench. Tape the edge of the nut in place, but do not cover the threads in the nut.

By Staff
Lubrication January 15, 2002

Human Side of Engineering – 2002-01-15

Does workday start at the clock or work station? Tardiness was a costly problem at a New England manufacturing plant. Most employees clocked in on time, but by the time they reached their work stations, 10 or 15 min was lost. At a management meeting it was pointed out that the labor agreement specified a workday of 8 hr with 45-min allocated for lunch. "If that's what it states in the contract," General Manager George Casey maintained, "that's what we should enforce." He suggested posting a notice informing employees who arrived at their work stations after the morning buzzer sounded that they would be docked for the time. Most executives present agreed, but the plant engineer looked leery. "What's the problem, Tom?" "Well, for one thing, the contract doesn't specify whether the workday starts at the time clock or at the work station.

By Raymond Dreyfack Contributing Editor
Lubrication January 11, 2002

Review of Plant Engineer’s Handbook

The new revised edition is one reference book every plant engineer should have. Click above to read a review and to order.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Lubrication December 15, 2001

Why absorption chillers fail

Lithium bromide-based absorption refrigeration is a viable system capable of providing large-tonnage central air conditioning. Water is flash boiled under vacuum at low temperatures. This boiling action cools evaporator or chilled water coils (Fig. 1). As the flashed water vapor accumulates inside the chiller, vacuum is lost.

By Richard Levine, LBD Associates, LLC, Randolph, NJ
Lubrication November 1, 2001

Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning

Click on the above link to see Product of the Year finalists in this category.

By Staff
Lubrication September 6, 2001

When to use electric steam boilers

 Packaged electric boilers, in the right applications, are an effective way to offset rising fuel prices and help maintain profitability. They can also serve as a backup should an unforseen shutdown of the main plant boiler occur. Paul Rannick, of Chromalox, describes some typical situations where an electric boiler can be economically used and explains how to determine boiler size. 

By Plant Engineering Staff
Lubrication July 6, 2001

Basics of unit heaters

Here's a primer on self-contained heating devices fueled by gas, oil, electricity, steam or hot water. Key topics discussed include energy source, delivery patterns, and placement.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Lubrication July 6, 2001

Clamping down on joint failures with formed-in-place gaskets

Formed-in-place gaskets cna replace pre-cut versions in almost any application and perform as well or better. This article describes how formed-in-place gaskets form strong, leak-free permanent joints; how special compounds eliminate maintenance tasks such as gasket replacement and fastener retorquing; and how anaerobic and silicone gasketing materials serve a nearly unlimited range of applications.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Lubrication May 1, 2001

Understanding fan vibration and imbalance

Key concepts Detecting imbalance early reduces damage and lowers repair costs. Imbalance and vibration are not the same. Dirt, temperature, and loose fits can cause imbalance. Fans play a key role in most manufacturing processes by recirculating air, ventilating hazardous gases, and cooling machinery.

By Les Gutzwiller and Thomas J. Kuli, Robinson Industries, Inc., Zelienople, PA
Lubrication March 1, 2001

A guide to shaft seals

Machines require rotating shaft seals to retain lubricants and prevent foreign particles from entering sealed cavities, which damage machinery and lead to premature failure.

By Joseph L. Foszcz, PE/CPE, Senior Editor, Plant Engineering Magazine
Lubrication February 1, 2001

Human Side of Engineering – 2001-02-01

In the October 2000 issue of Plant Engineering, Human Side of Engineering presented "Uncommon side: The fearful fringe freak-Part I.

By Raymond Dreyfack Contributing Editor
Lubrication February 1, 2001

2000 Maintenance Tips & Tricks

Winner of the 2000 "Maintenance Tip of the Year" was Ralph Dewey, Solvay Polymers, Deer Park, TX. He received $1000 for his suggestion on how to quickly find leaks in gas service piping flanges.

By Ron Holzhauer, Managing Editor, Plant Engineering Magazine
Lubrication November 1, 2000

Lighting – 2000-11-01

Emergency ballasts can be tested remotely RCT Series fluorescent emergency ballasts feature remote control testing.

By Staff
Lubrication September 1, 2000

Simple Solutions – 2000-09-01

Dabbing valves Problem: Seldom used water valves often stick shut because of inactivity.

By Staff
Lubrication September 1, 2000

Justifying steam efficiency projects to management

Industrial plant engineers often must convince top management that investing in steam efficiency is an effort worth making. Communicating this message is often more difficult than the actual engineering behind the concept.

By Christopher Russell, Industrial Program Manager, Alliance to Save Energy, Washington, DC
Lubrication August 1, 2000

Maintenance Tips & Tricks – 2000 – #4

Reusing rollersProblem: Cleaning and squeezing that last drop of paint from a roller so it can be reused is hard to do. Is there a way to remove it all? Solution: After an initial, thorough cleaning, submerge the roller in a container of water. After sitting overnight, all the paint pigments settle out of the roller's nap. Remove the roller from the container gently without disturbing the water.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Lubrication August 1, 2000

Maintenance Tips & Tricks – 2000 – #5

Prefiltering airProblem: Keeping fans and coils in machine tools and other equipment clean improves their operating efficiency and reduces maintenance expenses. Filters are typically installed by the original equipment manufacturer to remove dirt and other contaminants before they hit the fan or coil. Can more be done? Solution: Add a second layer of protection to prefilter incoming air.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Lubrication August 1, 2000

Maintenance Tips & Tricks – 2000 – #20

Stopping gasProblem: Most floor drains not actively used tend to dry out. Sewer gases can escape when this occurs. Can the gases be stopped from escaping? Solution: Pour 1/4 cup of cooking oil in the floor drain.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Lubrication August 1, 2000

Maintenance Tips & Tricks – 2000

Wiping grease Cutting conduit Getting to the bottom Reusing rollers Prefiltering air Finding faults Removing covers Terminating wires Leveling answer Identifying asbestos Finding leaks Wrenching nuts Cleaning mixers Replacing lamps Pumping pins Protecting eyes Draining battery Calculating bits Loosening bolts Stopping gas Plant Engineering.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Lubrication July 1, 2000

Human Side of Engineering – 2000-07-01 – 2000-07-01

Names used in Human Side of Engineering are fictitious. Any similarity to real persons is coincidental.

By Raymond Dreyfack, Contributing Editor
Lubrication June 1, 2000

10 myths about industrial fire protection

Key concepts Misconceptions about fires often come from what we have seen on television or in movies. Many widely held beliefs about fire protection are untrue.

By Dominique Dieken , PE, CFPS, Senior Engineer, HSB Professional Loss Control, Crestline, CA
Lubrication March 1, 2000

Lubrication system

Quicklub lubrication system supplies up to 18 lubrication points with NLGI #2 grease. The system includes a pump, control/monitor, and lubricant-metering device. Lincoln

By Staff
Lubrication March 1, 2000

Change the perception

The November 1999 "Forum" letter, "Encourage your children," by James A. Haigh, begs another opinion. While Mr. Haigh makes several good points, I believe he misses a few significant realities. Mr.

By Staff
Lubrication March 1, 2000

Oil/water separator reduces removal cost

Isolator separator removes oil from water to less than 20 ppm and is available in five flow ranges of 10-1000 cfm. Benefits include low operating costs, minimum maintenance, and no electricity required.

By Staff
Lubrication March 1, 2000

Sorting out the options in fiber glass duct insulation

Key concepts Fiber glass insulation is used in HVAC systems for temperature, noise, and condensation control, and energy conservation. Four primary types of products are duct liner, duct wrap, duct board, and flexible fiber glass ducts.

By David Tomchak
Lubrication March 1, 2000

Get hot water tips

General catalog simplifies the selection process for a complete line of boiler and liquid level controls and flow switches.

By Staff
Lubrication March 1, 2000

Identifying, reducing, and controlling environmental costs

Key concepts The biggest task facing environmental managers is how to engage senior management in a dialog about their problems and the positive results attained by solving them.

By Alan E. Rimer, PE, DEE
Lubrication March 1, 2000

Fluids keep rolling along

A range of custom solutions for special fluid handling requirements is offered in mobile carts with integral pumps and load-bearing wheels.

By Staff
Lubrication February 1, 2000

Lubrication equipment

Full color 36-p catalog features industrial-grade transfer and storage products. New products in the publication include a 3:1 ratio air-operated oil pump, electric oil transfer pump, and an oil equipment package that includes pump, hose reel, and meter.

By Staff
Lubrication December 1, 1999

Selecting liquid flowmeters

Measuring liquid flow rate in a pipe is done for many reasons: product blending, process heating or cooling, monitoring energy costs, machine lubrication or manufacturing, and determining the amount of product transferred for billing purposes, to name a few. Reliability and accuracy of measurement are two of the selection factors used in choosing a particular type of flowmeter. Inaccurate or lack of flow measurement could result in serious damage to equipment or product. In some instances accuracy is important because it can make the difference between profit and loss when dispensing liquids. Flowmeter selection is complicated by the fact that there are about two dozen designs to choose from.

By Joseph L. Foszcz
Lubrication October 1, 1999

Dirty lube and gears don’t mix

"Oil Debris Monitoring as a Diagnostic Tool" describes the basic causes of lubrication system failure in gearboxes, transmissions, and similar types of equipment.

By Staff
Lubrication October 1, 1999

Pressure washers transport easily

Delco Technology Vortex hot water pressure washers are available in gasoline or diesel power. These belt-driven machines can be used in their standard configuration or easily transported with an optional wheel kit.

By Staff
Lubrication October 1, 1999

Impeller features bolted construction

The Maxflo W impeller features advanced hydrofoil technology for maximum pumping action with minimum energy loss. Bolt-on blades facilitate easy disassembly during routine maintenance. Chemineer, Inc.

By Staff
Lubrication October 1, 1999

Boiler retrofits extend service life

When a boiler starts getting up in years, it is natural to start thinking of such questions as: How long is it going to last? Is it still serving my purposes? What can I do to upgrade it? In general, a boiler can be expected to last 20-25 yr.

By John F. Tornetta
Lubrication October 1, 1999

Supervisor must make every effort to avoid shutdown

Building Two second shift Maintenance Group Leader Hugh Donnetz tried futilely to fix the boiler's pressure control gauge when it went crazy at 8:30 p.m. Donnetz couldn't be sure if the problem was a faulty gauge or the pressure itself.

By Raymond Dreyfack
Lubrication September 1, 1999

Maintenance Tips & Tricks – 1999 – #5

Adjusting air line oilers Problem: Too often, air line oilers are incorrectly adjusted so that equipment receives too little or too much oil. Solution : Make a calibration kit for each maintenance person to carry. The kit should contain six items: 1/4-in. pipe cap with a 1/16-in.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Lubrication September 1, 1999

Coalescing filters offer full circle viewing

Balston coalescing filters include two differential pressure indicators built into the head that allow a 360-deg viewing. A quick release bayonet bowl design and pressure relief valve offer easy maintenance without tools.

By Staff
Lubrication September 1, 1999

Adjusting air line oilers

Problem: Too often, air line oilers are incorrectly adjusted so that equipment receives too little or too much oil. Solution: Make a calibration kit for each maintenance person to carry. The kit should contain six items: 1/4-in.

By Staff
Lubrication September 1, 1999

Maintenance Tips & Tricks – 1999 – #11

A little dab will do you Problem : You are away from the shop and need a little dab of grease. Solution: Carry a plastic syringe filled with grease in your tool pouch. Contributor : Ralph Dewey, Solvay Polymers Corp., Deer Park, TX; 713-307-3784 List of Tips & Tricks Plant Engineering.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Lubrication September 1, 1999

Maintenance Tips & Tricks – 1999

Trapping elusive pressure Pulling more wires Seeing behind machine guards Bridle the bristles Adjusting air line oilers Spotting bad circuit boards Avoiding bent lids Tight moves Hang the sign Detect hot spots A little dab will do Hide a key Finding vacuum leaks Ceiling tile puller Tapping in tight places Inserts remove play Rough shaft alignment Checking rotation Picking up small parts Lip seals: Which way? Plant Engineering.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Lubrication September 1, 1999

Maintenance Tips & Tricks – 1999 – #13

Finding vacuum leaks Problem : Typical vacuum petcocks are factory greased. After several years, the grease dries out and they leak. Finding leaks in vacuum petcocks in lab or processing areas is difficult. Solution : Place a rubber pipette bulb over each petcock inlet.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Lubrication August 1, 1999

Monitor detects water in lubricants

Hydrolert detects water in lubricating oils before damaging levels are reached, which helps extend bearing and gear life. Oil changing or filtering occurs only when needed, based on the quality of the lubricant.

By Staff
Lubrication June 1, 1999

Maintenance chemicals

A complete line of cleaners, degreasers, and other maintenance products is featured in a 36-p brochure. Products include air tool oil, contact cleaner, cold galvanize, wire rope lubricant, food-grade lubricants, cutting fluids, and paints.

By Staff
Lubrication May 1, 1999

Basics of portable fire extinguishers

Portable fire extinguishers are designed for small, incipient, controllable fires. The extinguishers are powered by internal pressure, and most are relatively easy to operate. Types of fires are separated into four classes, A, B, C, and D.

By Cheryl M Firestone
Lubrication May 1, 1999

Chain lubricators save oil

ORSCO 150 Series chain lubricators use a metered spray system. A spray nozzle mixes lubricant with air and applies it where needed on the chain, which results in maximum lubrication and protection with minimum lubricant volume.

By Staff
Lubrication April 1, 1999

How to feed the boiler water

The WDX horizontal, multistage, ring-section boiler feed pump is used as a medium pressure boiler feed and condensate return pump for power generation, incineration, and general industry applications.

By Staff
Lubrication April 1, 1999

Training materials

A 36-p catalog offers a wide variety of books and other materials specifically designed for training trades people. Topics covered include electricity, HVAC, mechanics, boilers, building trades, welding, machine shop/metals, and graphics/drafting.

By Staff
Lubrication April 1, 1999

Software evaluates steel storage tanks

Tank Version 2.00 software program analyzes and evaluates welded steel oil storage tanks according to the latest API Standards 650 and 653.

By Staff
Lubrication March 1, 1999

Threaders and cutters

Twelve new products for construction and maintenance are introduced in a colorful 4-p brochure. Pipe products include an oilless threading machine, stand with chain vise, soil pipe cutter, and oiler.

By Staff
Lubrication March 1, 1999

Pump removes hydrocarbons and saves water

Ferret high capacity oil/water separating pump removes thick or thin layers of floating hydrocarbons from tanks, pits, and wells larger than 4-in. dia. The pump recovers all the hydrocarbons, including the sheen, without pumping away the water.

By Staff
Lubrication February 1, 1999

Never brush aside a threat of violence

What's wrong, Amos, you look a bit piqued?" Assistant Maintenance Supervisor Amos Courtney hesitated before answering. "Nothing." "That isn't a 'nothing' look on your face.

By Raymond Dreyfack
Lubrication February 1, 1999

Boiler offers high-pressure steam option

Model FLX boiler with ProFire series burners offers 150-psig steam, with insulated drums and downcomers, and full modulation. The burners provide 1.

By Staff
Lubrication December 1, 1998

Electrical maintenance

Cleaners, lubricants, rust preventatives, and coatings for electrical maintenance are detailed in a 10-p brochure.

By Staff
Lubrication November 1, 1998

UVC emitter protects rooftop HVAC systems

X-Mount Plus UVC Emitter continuously cleans coils and drain pans and eradicates mold and microbes that grow and disseminate from rooftop HVAC equipment, which improves IAQ and energy performance.

By Staff
Lubrication October 1, 1998

Don’t get burned

Rebuilt Controls: The Facts video is free to facilities managers. Featuring interviews with contractors and industry experts, the 15-min video outlines the critical differences between OEM burner boiler controls and independently rebuilt controls.

By Staff
Lubrication October 1, 1998

Measure viscosity onsite

Model 52DV digital viscometer measures the viscosity of lubrication oils in the range of 20-680 cSt. The viscometer includes a low power setting for use with oils having a 10-cSt viscosity. CSI

By Staff
Lubrication September 1, 1998

Posters aid HVAC troubleshooting

Free air conditioning and heating posters provide information and training. The air conditioning poster features over 15 test points involving pressure, temperature, and electrical measurements.

By Staff
Lubrication September 1, 1998

Solid lubricant outlasts bearing greases

MicroPoly porous, oil-filled polymer releases lubricant during bearing operation and requires little cleanup or maintenance. The solid lubricant outlasts oil-based greases 2 - 12 times and is available in formulas that are FDA and USDA compliant. PhyMet

By Staff
Lubrication September 1, 1998

Assembly pastes

Grease-like lubricants having high solids content for nondamaging assembly, disassembly, and breakin of components are the subject of a 16-p catalog.

By Staff
Lubrication September 1, 1998

Getting oil into small places

Moly pene-lube is a disassembly aid for heavy equipment, threaded fasteners, and devices that see infrequent service or long maintenance schedules.

By Staff
Lubrication August 1, 1998

Will your BAS be working in the year 2000?

Like many other plant systems, BASs are susceptible to year 2000 time and date malfunctions. Although products shipped today may be ready to handle the next century, systems already in place may not be.

By Staff
Lubrication August 1, 1998

Monitor measures five combustion gases

Model 8750 CombuCheck measures CO, O(sub 2), NO, NO(sub 2), or SO(sub 2). The unit has a built-in pump to provide fast response to changes in gas concentration.

By Staff
Lubrication July 1, 1998

It’s getting chilly

Apache CB-2 multigas HVAC and refrigeration service kit is used for nitrogen and CO(sub 2). It purges oxygen from refrigerant lines, leak tests line sets, and cleans everything from condenser coils to condensate drain lines.

By Staff
Lubrication July 1, 1998

What to do with a well-meaning joker?

No one is perfect, right? Instrument Repairman Bud Fallon seemed intent on proving this premise. Bud's a nice guy, friendly, cheerful, well liked. But on the minus side he can be, to put it kindly, a pest.

By Raymond Dreyfack
Lubrication March 1, 1998

Getting oiled in the right places

Machinery Oil Analysis is a three-part video training series relating lubrication and machinery maintenance. Part one includes methods of lubrication and uses of oil analysis. Part two covers failure modes and their indicators and oil sampling procedures.

By Staff
Lubrication February 1, 1998

PM Program Keeps Asphalt Parking Lots Up-To-Speed

Drive through your parking lot and view it through the eyes of a customer, visitor, or employee.

By Alan J. Rose
Lubrication January 1, 1998

Want a germ-free HVAC system?

Guide to UVC Emmitters is an 8-p catalog that describes devices engineered specifically for HVAC applications to eradicate both airborne and surface micro-organisms through the use of high output UVC lights.

By Staff

A Letter From The Editor

Since 1947, plant engineers, plant managers, maintenance supervisors and manufacturing leaders have turned to Plant Engineering for the information they needed to run their plants smarter, safer, faster and better. Plant Engineering's editors stay on top of the latest trends in manufacturing at every corner of the plant floor. The major content areas include electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, automation engineering and maintenance and management.

Amara Rozgus - Plant Engineering