Learn Precision Lubrication Skills for Maximizing Machine Reliability

The secrets of lubricant selection
This course will empower you with the knowledge to understand important lubricant properties and strategies to select the correct lubricant for each machine application.

The best practices for lubricant storage, handling and dispensing.
Learn how award winning maintenance programs design lube storage areas, dispensing stations and transfer carts.

The four Rs of Lubrication.
Right lubricant, right time, right quantity and right place. If these four basic elements aren’t properly addressed, you could be doing your equipment more harm than good. Lean the newest methods for implementing the best lubrication practices.

Grease gun or lethal weapon?
In the hands of an untrained operator, a grease can deliver pressure up to 15,000 psi. That’s 30 times what a typical bearing seal can handle. Once the hearing seal is broken, the bearing is on its way to early failure. This course will teach you proper grease gun practices.

Effective oil analysis with precision oil sampling.
Learn how to get date rich oil samples, exactly where to install oil sampling ports, and what sampling equipment and should and shouldn’t be used.

Apply what you Learn and Reap the Benefits:

  • An organized, safe, world class lubricant storage area
  • Extend machine life by up to 10x
  • Pull oil samples for optimum results
  • Reduce oil consumption for quick savings
  • Solve water in oil problems
  • Squeeze maximum life from lubricants
  • Reduce electric motor failures and replacement costs.
  • Improve health and safety issues
  • Stop pesky oil and hydraulic fluid leaks
  • A more effective oil analysis program
  • Effectively troubleshoot lubricant-related machine failures
  • Stop early bearing failures
  • Compare and select the best lubricants for the job
  • Reduce energy and fuel costs.
  • Create more effective lubrication PMs
  • Solve annoying hydraulic system problems
  • Spend less on lubricants and filters – not more
  • Improve equipment mean time between failures.

Course Outline:

How Lubrication Affects Machine Reliability

  • Financial benefits from achieving lubrication excellence
  • Four equipment maintenance strategies, and when each applies
  • Important implementation steps to lubrication excellence

Lubrication Fundamentals

  • Six important functions of lubricating oils.
  • How oils and greases are formulated and why, it is important
  • How friction is generated in lubricated machinery
  • The importance of oil film thickness and critical clearance

Understanding Additives, Base oils and Grease Thickeners

  • How lubricant properties irreparably change
  • Seven important physical properties of a base of
  • The importance of API’s five base oil categories
  • What causes grease to dry out and 18 ways to prevent it
  • How to detect the root causes of lubricant oxidation
  • When to select one of the six most commonly used synthetic base oils
  • How to use temperature to determine the right base oil for your machine
  • How to select grease thickeners for your application

Lubricant Performance Properties

  • Key additives that enhance lubricant performance
  • Viscosity grades, measurement and reporting
  • Why viscosity index is important
  • What causes oil viscosity to change and how to set monitoring limits
  • Lubricant performance tests and reporting – what you need to know
  • How water contamination generates other contaminants.
  • How to control and eliminate aeration problems

Food-grade and Environmentally friendly Lubricants

  • Important USDA requirement and government regulation for food-grade lubricant
  • What you need to know about food-grade additives, base oils and grease thickeners
  • Guidelines for food-grade lubricants

Lubricating grease Application methods

  • How to protect against incomparable grease mixtures
  • Advantages and disadvantages of centralized lubrication systems
  • Best practices for greasing motor hearings
  • How to control pressure when greasing bearings
  • The unique problems caused by over greasing specific steps to eliminate
  • 8 critical instructions to give your electric motor rebuild shop.
  • Comparing single and multi-point lubrication options
  • How to calculate greasing intervals and quantity
  • Best practices for ultrasonic / sonic based greasing

Lubricating oil Application Methods

  • Overview of oil lubrication methods and devices
  • How to use oil mist other automatic lubrication methods
  • Using pressure spray methods for gear boxes
  • Best practices for the maintenance of grease guns and fittings
  • How to protect against problems caused by constant level oilers
  • Overview of single point direct lubrication systems

Journal Bearing Lubricants

  • The 8 most common journal bearing lubrication problem
  • How to select journal bearing viscosity based on speed

Rolling-element Bearing Lubricants

  • The nine critical factors affecting rolling-element bearing lubricant selections
  • How to convert required operating temperature viscosity to ISO viscosity grades

Gear Lubricants

  • 5 key requirement for gear oil
  • How to select the best viscosity for a gear lubricant
  • Best practice guidelines for storing spare gear boxes –lubrication matters!!
  • 10 Conditions that may require synthetic gear lubricants
  • Lubrication best practices for enclosed gear – a 12 point checklist
  • Mastering the challenges of open gear lubrication

Automotive and Mobile Equipment drive-line Lubricants

  • How to read a motor oil label- what really matters
  • The 6 critical objectives a motor oil must accomplish
  • Understanding API service classifications for engine and gear oils
  • The #1 reason automatic: transmission fluids failand how to protect against it
  • Services classification for automotive greases how to select
  • Extending engine life – surprising engine oil filter study results

Compressor Lubricants

  • Steps you can take right now to combat compressor lubricant failure
  • The most common compressor lubricant stressors
  • When to use synthetic compressor lubricants and why

Steam and Gas Turbine Lubricants

  • Why twine/ generator lubricants are the #1 contributor to forced outages
  • Comparing steam and gas turbine oils how they differ
  • Checklist for best practice steam turbine lubrication

Hydraulic Fluids

  • How to select the ideal hydraulic fluid viscosity for gear, vane and piston pumps
  • Nine key hydraulic fluid requirements and why they matter
  • Specific conditions that may require a synthetic hydraulic fluid
  • Five resistant hydraulic fluids what you need to know
  • Hydraulic system maintenance best practices 21 point checklist

Contamination Control

  • Strategies for building reliability through contamination control
  • The seven most destructive contaminants and how to control them
  • Specific steps for managing a proactive lubricant management program
  • The ISO solid Contaminant code- understand it track it
  • 10 ways to get more mileage out of portable filter carts
  • How dirt metal particles and soot mechanically destroy machine surfaces
  • Guidelines for controlling machine surface fatigue and extending machine life
  • The #1 cause of machine wear and how to manager it
  • The to set realistic cleanliness levels for lubricants
  • Effective lubricant contamination control strategies for extending machine life.
  • 4 ways water contamination attacks lubricant additives
  • How to set limits for water-in-out contamination
  • Managing the root causes of foam and aeration
  • Best practices for excluding and removing contaminants
  • The right way to contact contamination in tanks and sumps
  • How oil filters are rated
  • Calculating the clean-up rate for portable filter
  • Best practices for removing water contamination from oil
  • The unique problems created by varnish – how to remove and stop it.

Oil Drains, flushing and Reservoir Management

  • How to optimize and extend oil change intervals
  • Intervals vs. condition-based oil managers – pros and cons
  • Metrics for monitoring lubricant consumption
  • Best practices for oil changes know how and when too perform a finish
  • The best procedures for oil draining and refilling
  • How and when to use the bleed and feed strategies for extending oil drains
  • Selecting the right cleaning and flushing procedures

Storing Handling and Managing Lubricants

  • How to set up a world-class lube room
  • How to know when to reject a new oil delivery
  • How to optimize your lubricant selection and procurement process
  • How to implement a lubricant consolidation program and select supples
  • Used lubrication storage, handling and disposal best practices
  • Guidelines for strong and handling drums
  • Lubricant dispersing option and what you must avoid
  • Lubricant coding and identification system – what works and what doesn’t
  • Portable oil transfer and filter cart selection advice
  • How and where to store oil transfer and filter carts
  • Understanding and managing lubricant storage life
  • Keeping grease fresh – best practices for storage

Design and Inspect for Lube Excellence

  • World class strategies for accessorizing equipment for fabrication excellence
  • Seven critical accessories for lubricant inspection and sampling
  • The right machine accessories for effective contamination control

Used oil Sampling and Analysis Fundamentals

  • What oil analysis can tell you
  • Types and categories of oil analysis
  • Applications for oil analysis
  • Overview of oil analysis tests
  • Elements of a successful oil analysis program
  • How clean should oil sample bottle be?
  • How to fine the best sampling locations
  • Oil sampling valve and hardware recommendation
  • A quick method for optimizing sampling intervals
  • An oil sampling technique that runs tending
  • The importance of primary and secondary sampling points
  • Advance for sampling hard-to-reach machines
  • How to properly sample circulating systems
  • Safe effective high-pressure sampling from hydraulic systems

Essential Field Inspections

  • 12 question your oil filter will answer about your machine
  • Visual Inspections you get big results from right now
  • Quick tips for using spent. Sound and touch to inspect lubricants