EPT Newsletter - June 2015
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June 2015 Newsletter
June 2015 Newsletter
Peter Dufresne Jr.

Peter
Dufresne Jr.

Executive Vice President, EPT

Inaugural
Newsletter

We are pleased to share with you our very first newsletter. I have received your email from personally meeting you in my travels or from exchanging an email. Our objective is to provide you with current events and topics of interest relevant in our industry. We hope that you find the information useful.

Current Newsletter Topics:

Taking the routine out of oil analysis

Expect more from your high velocity flushing provider

Public training courses now available

Upcoming Newsletter Topics:

Resistivity, fact or fiction?

PAG lubricants, are they worth the extra money?

Upcoming training courses

Have an idea for a newsletter topic? Contact us.

Oil Analysis
& Consulting

Oil Analysis & Consulting
Oil Analysis & Consulting
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Oil Analysis & Consulting
Oil Analysis & Consulting

Taking the routine out of oil analysis

While routine oil analysis is the cornerstone to all condition based monitoring (CBM) programs, the resulting data is not always leveraged into meaningful information. Here are four simple ways to leverage this data and make your program more effective.

1 - Supply new oil samples for all oil brands annually. Many test results are meaningless without accurate baseline values from new oil samples. For example, in a recent visit to one of the largest chemical producers, the user had me look at the antioxidant values for the steam turbine lubricant as measured by the RULER (ASTM D6971) test. The values were listed at 220% and 150% for Amine and Phenol, respectively. Since you cannot be above 100% unless different oil was added, the reference sample being used was incorrect. While the lab should have flagged this for follow-up, it was not. The user reported these values had been like this for years and, therefore, the data had been meaningless. Once the test method was explained, it was apparent that the incorrect baseline oil was being used and that a new oil sample for this unit had not been supplied.

2 - Establish normal benchmarks for your application and oil type, so that abnormal values can be flagged. Many commercial oil labs deal with large numbers of samples such that a professional tribologist does not look at the results. The comments are typically auto-generated and referenced to lab benchmarks that may not be appropriate for the end user’s application or machine. It is critical to understand the normal operating range of your lubricants so you can flag deviations according to your own benchmarks.

3 - Calculate the year-over-year changes in key oxidation related tests.The ASTM tests RULER, RPVOT, and FTIR are essentially reporting historical oxidation or its inverse. For example, a Frame 7EA gas turbine using a particular brand of lubricant should have the same year-over-year change as another identical unit operating with the same oil. You can use this data to predict when an oil change is expected to occur years before it is required or to compare the performance of one lubricant brand over another.

4 - Add specialized testing for super-critical applications that will identify and prioritize problem areas. Routine Electro Hydraulic Control (EHC) fluid testing results are often measuring less than 10% of the contamination in the fluid. Furthermore, the contamination that causes servo-valve sticking is not usually measured. In the photo above, non-standard testing is able to pull soluble contamination out of solution. This contamination is harmful to servo valves.

High Velocity Flushing

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Flushing services
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For more information on our services please visit our High Velocity Flushing webpage.

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403-450-1760 or email.

Expect more from your
high velocity flushing
provider

As a leader in oil flushing, EPT is pleased to offer four key insights into what to look for when selecting a flushing company.

Cornerstones to Successful Flushing:

1 - Experienced and professional staff: The single largest risk factor in executing a successful flush is selecting an inexperienced flushing company. Before you sign on the dotted line, it is critical to that you understand the flushing procedures and equipment to be used, the Reynolds number that can be achieved with this equipment, and the experience and professionalism of the people you are relying on. What standards will the flushing company follow? Where was their equipment used last and has it since been flushed? What is this company’s safety record? Does the flushing company have a track record of finishing on time and on budget? Evaluating all of these questions will indicate whether you are using the right flushing company.

2 - Real time oil analysis: On-site testing with professional chemistry support is essential to provide progress for the construction and commissioning supervisors and to pinpoint issues very early in the flushing program. Oil testing equipment should always come with certificates of calibration, and follow ISO and ASTM test methods.

3 - Communication: A professional daily report, communicated to all decision makers is essential to determine the appropriate path forward. This report will outline progress, results, and document compliance with operational and safety protocols.

4 - Expert tips: For new turbine lubricant systems, the need for a separate flushing fluid is not always necessary. Depending on the flushing specifications, the operating fluid rather than a flushing or chemical agent can be used as the flushing fluid. An experienced flushing company will be able to share expert tips such as this to save time and money and reduce environmental waste.

Training Courses

Training Courses
Training Courses
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Training Courses
Training Courses
Public Training Courses Now Available
Public Training Courses Now Available

First Course
Date:

July 14, 2015

Just in time to catch the world famous Calgary Stampede and enjoy the Rocky Mountains!

Public training courses now available

Looking to understand best practices in lubricant management in a vendor-neutral environment? Join us for the first in a 3-course series dedicated to providing you with the practical knowledge you need to optimize your lubrication management. Course dates are July 14, September 10 and November 25.

The Basics of Machinery Lubrication and Sampling for Oil Analysis.

Modern production equipment requires sophisticated lubrication management to ensure reliable, safe, and efficient operation. EPT in conjunction with Lubeworks are pleased to offer a series of three, one-day courses that are open to the public. This specialized training offers an ideal opportunity for lubricant users to increase their knowledge and skills so they can perform their responsibilities with a higher level of understanding and expertise.

Knowing how to implement or improve a lubricant management program is critical to the success of your operation and we will strive to give you practical and efficient ways of implementing these practices. These classes are offered at our world-class training center where users can learn with their peers in a vendor neutral environment.

For more information please view our training brochure. To register please contact Barbara Creighton at 403-450-1760 or email.