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Conference to feature 26 sessions on machinery lubrication and oil analysis

Columbus, OH -- The Reliable Plant 2009 conference and exhibition will take place September 1-3 in Columbus, OH. Th...


June 26, 2009
By MRO Magazine

Columbus, OH — The Reliable Plant 2009 conference and exhibition will take place September 1-3 in Columbus, OH. The event includes five co-located trade shows: Lubrication Excellence 2009, Reliability World 2009, Lean Manufacturing 2009, Plant Safety 2009 and Plant Energy/Sustainability 2009.


The Lubrication Excellence portion of the conference will feature 26 sessions delivered by true experts on the subjects of machinery lubrication and oil analysis.



Here’s a preview of 10 of the Lubrication Excellence sessions.


“How to Cut Lubricant Consumption by More Than 50%” by Jim Fitch, Noria. The math is pretty simple: Cutting your lubricant purchases in half equals big savings. But what’s the best method? Lubricant consolidation? Extending drain intervals? Economy brands? Contamination control? Oil analysis? In this session, Noria’s chairman outlines a proven plan for safely squeezing maximum life out of lubricants and drastically cutting new lubricant purchases without sacrificing machine health.


“Benchmarking Your Plant’s Lubrication Performance for Reliability” by Jason Kopschinsky, Noria. Benchmarking is a continuous improvement tool that allows you to rate your company’s practices against those of the front-runners in industry or those that are considered “world class”. This paper will discuss how to effectively benchmark your facility’s lubrication practices to define opportunities for improvement, set up performance metrics and lay down a plan to become world class.


“The Role of Operations in Lubrication” by Jarrod Potteiger, Noria. With 43% of U.S. companies pursuing a form of lean manufacturing, operators increasingly are asked to assume some or all of a plant’s maintenance activities. And while Toyota is living proof that operator involvement can work, there are a few simple rules that will help you avoid problems. In this session, you’ll learn the right way to implement operator-assisted lubrication.


“How to Fix a High Particle Count” by Jim Fitch. Diagnosing and correcting a high particle count can result in wasted time and money. Whether you’ve just begun a lubricant contamination control program or you’ve been monitoring contaminant levels for years, you know how disturbing it is to discover a high particle count. Acting quickly is important, but troubleshooting without a plan often results in unnecessary work and wasteful lubricant and filter use. Instead of throwing time and money at the problem, attend this session and learn specific steps to fix it.


“Lubrication Program Transformation at Albemarle” by Jon Cavin and Kirk Williams, Albemarle. In the last five years, lubrication at Albemarle went from “a necessary evil” to “a must-have”. In this case study, you’ll hear how Albemarle implemented 5-S visual systems for lube points, transitioned from time-based to condition-based oil changes with quantifiable savings, used lubricant usage trending as a predictive tool for mechanical seal failures, empowered lube technicians to order parts and implement reliability in the field, and implemented 5-S methods in lube storage areas. You’ll also learn what lies ahead for the program.


“7 Tools for Developing an Effective Lubrication Program” by Tom Hiatt of Covance and Wayne Ferguson of Eli Lilly. This session will provide valuable information in support of the development of an effective lubrication program. By applying the principles from this session in areas such as lubrication guidelines, recognition and reward, procedures, audits and training, your maintenance and operations department will become more knowledgeable and proactive in the application, testing and use of lubricants within critical equipment in your areas. The speakers will also discuss the importance of developing a lube team and the necessary sub-teams to enhance program development.


“RCM Defines the 100 Failure Modes of Lubrication” by Terry Harris, Reliability Process Solutions. When rotating equipment stops working, processes cease to perform to designed expectations. The negative impacts are downtime, reduced capacity, lower quality and EH&S incidents. RCM can be used to define these failure modes. Lubricants and lubrication programs have more than 100 failure modes that can be defined and controlled. Understanding each failure mode helps you decide how to prevent and eliminate each of them.


“Are your Machines Designed for Lubrication Maintainability and Reliability?” by Mark Barnes, Noria. Reliability experts recognize that a large portion of life-cycle costs is affected by basic design. Yet OEMs continue to design and deliver equipmen
t that is often difficult or cumbersome to maintain. In this session, you’ll learn what it takes to make a machine maintainable and reliable from the outset.


“Extending the Life of Rolling Element Bearings with Precision Lubrication” by Jeremy Wright, Noria. According to bearing manufacturers, a bearing has a 90% probability, in many circumstances, of lasting for as long as 12 years. Yet in practice, fewer than 10% of all bearings actually reach their true potential. This session will examine the profound influence lubrication can have on the longevity of element bearings and how to drastically extend bearing life.


“Can Premium Lubricants Really Reduce Energy Costs?” by Jeremy Wright. With increasing energy costs, companies are focusing on ways to reduce overall energy consumption. One train of thought is to use synthetics and other premium lubricants to reduce friction and energy losses. But, is this really effective? This session will uncover the truth about energy reduction through lubricant upgrades.