How to Use a Grease Gun Training

How to Use a Grease GunNoria Corporation has released a “How to Use a Grease Gun” video tutorial for those who would like to further their expertise in the areas of grease application and proper lubrication methodology.

One of the newest additions to Noria’s Reliable Skills Training video series, “How to Use a Grease Gun” is designed for lubrication professionals and manufacturers. The set includes a 28-minute DVD and comprehensive student workbook providing easy, how-to methodologies to ensure grease gun best practices.

Featuring a DVD and comprehensive booklet, the new release provides step-by-step foundational training that covers how a grease gun works, the best practices for loading a grease gun, the risks of mixing different grease types, the differences between various grease gun models, how to avoid grease contamination, how to use grease guns safely, how to get the most from your grease gun, and why proper grease lubrication is important to machine reliability.

“The grease gun is one of the most widely used tools for machinery lubrication, yet few are trained on grease gun best practices,” said Noria Corporation CEO Jim Fitch. “When used or loaded improperly, the grease gun can become a safety risk to both the lubrication technician and the machine.”

This training is available for online purchase or call 1-800-597-5460 to order.

Know the Effects of Water Contamination

“What would make a lubricant have a milky appearance?”

A hazy or milky appearance may indicate a water emulsion or other interferences such as air, dyes, oxide insolubles, soot and solid contaminants. While most people are aware that new oil is typically bright and golden in color, it is important to realize that new oil isn’t necessarily clean. If oil analysis has confirmed water ingression, the water should be removed as soon as possible.

Water ingression is the second most destructive contaminant and can wreak havoc in your system. Emulsified water is defined as microscopic globules of water dispersed in a stable suspension in the oil. Although all states of water in oil can cause damage to the oil and machine, emulsified water is considered the most destructive.

Water is the leading cause of hydraulic pump cavitation (vaporous cavitation). Water passing between loading frictional surfaces can explode, causing metal fracture. Depending on the oil type and temperature, a bearing can lose 75 percent of its life due to water contamination before the oil becomes cloudy.

Most contaminations can lead to a change in the viscosity of the lubricant, causing it to thicken or thin. Keep in mind that viscosity is the most important physical property of a lubricant. Anytime there is a change in the viscosity, it will have a direct effect on equipment reliability. Water contamination results in stable emulsions and higher viscosity. It will also cause a loss of film strength, which is necessary to keep surfaces apart.

Another negative effect that water will have on the equipment comes in the form of additive depletion. Additive polarity is defined as the natural directional attraction of additive molecules to other polar materials in contact with the oil. These polar materials would include water, a sponge, glass, dirt, a metal surface and wood pulp. In effect, additives take a ride on particles or water droplets.

Water contamination also has a negative impact on the base oil of the lubricant and causes problems such as oxidation, hydrolysis and aeration. In oxidation and hydrolysis, water promotes changes in the chemical and physical properties of mineral oils and some synthetics, which lead to acid formation, viscosity change, varnish and sludge.

In addition, water encourages aeration problems such as foaming and air entrainment. It also puts bearings at high risk when the machine is at rest. Once static etching/corrosion gets started, bearing failure is imminent.

Machinery Lubrication India Now Available

Featuring the same expertise that has made Machinery Lubrication the standard for lubricant professionals around the world, Machinery Lubrication India is now being offered for Indian readers. The new magazine will include articles from international experts as well as local content and news contributed by Indian authors from industry and academia.

Designed for lubrication professionals, manufacturers and research scientists, Machinery Lubrication India will provide Indian experts’ views, experiences and studies on subjects related to all aspects of machinery lubrication, from lubrication fundamentals and best practices for lubricant storage and handling to lubrication process development and lubricant analysis and interpretation.

Each issue of the magazine will cover in detail one industry sector, such as cement, power, steel, automotive, etc., with analysis of trends, systems, processes and procedures. The industry and product news section will include new industry entrants, expansions, mergers, acquisitions, promotions and hirings, as well as information about new product development and launches. Upcoming and recent events, trade shows, seminars, exhibitions and conferences in India and abroad will also be highlighted.

Serving as editor of Machinery Lubrication India will be Sudhir Singhal, who brings extensive experience in the field of petroleum products and has a number of publications to his credit. Singhal previously worked with the Indian Institute of Petroleum for nearly 40 years and has been a member of many international organizations including SAE and ASTM. He has published and presented more than 250 papers and prepared another 250 technical reports on research investigations.

For more information about Machinery Lubrication India or to begin a free subscription, visit the magazine’s website.

Using Criticality to Drive Oil Analysis Strategy

Oil analysis provides a huge payback when deployed through a proper strategy. While an extremely valuable tool in today’s reliability programs, it is sometimes applied in an ad-hoc manner. This is a dangerous approach, as the program can quickly become quite costly due to overtesting or even show little value due to inadequate testing. Let’s take a look at both situations.


A recently visited paper mill had a rather robust oil analysis program. This program was further optimized by the corporate reliability manager. The maintenance manager had a positive feeling about the benefits of predictive technologies and was supportive of the oil analysis program. While this was all seemingly positive data, the drawback was that the manager decided he wanted all equipment to be incorporated in the oil analysis program, including small centrifugal pumps containing less than even a quart of oil.

Taking this approach would have meant that the mill would run hundreds of oil samples on at least a quarterly basis. Adding to this, when following proper sampling procedures, we understand that the sampling hardware must first be flushed. When sampling small reservoirs, such as those in small centrifugal pumps, following the flush portion and then sampling, a complete oil change would have occurred on every pump each quarter. Considering the increased lubricant consumption coupled with the additional cost of testing the oil samples, you can see how the overall costs would add up quickly.

Although the maintenance manager should be commended for his aggressive drive toward equipment reliability, moving forward with the initially desired approach would have been costly, significantly reducing the program’s overall return on investment (ROI).

Inadequate Testing

During a recent oil analysis program benchmarking exercise, it was asked how machines were selected for inclusion in the testing program. The initial response was, “We use criticality.” When the process used for criticality assessment was investigated, it was revealed that there was no real process. The machines were selected based on what we like to call “perceived criticality.” This resulted in a very small group of components initially being tested, although the program was growing in a methodical manner. When a machine component failed that was not part of the analysis program, the replacement component was then put on the program. So there was no real methodology at all.

This plant was experiencing a significant number of failures that could have been avoided had the program been put together properly in the first place. By taking this approach, the total cost of program development and optimization was incredibly high once the costs of missed opportunities were included into the equation.

Moving Forward

Oil analysis comes in three basic forms:

  1. Commercial Lab Testing— Samples are collected and sent to a third-party laboratory for testing and analysis. This can take place on a routine basis or to confirm screening data from select on-site testing. 
  2. On-site Testing— Samples are collected and tested at the plant site using a number of potential on-site test equipment. Many advances have occurred in on-site test equipment that will be explored in a later issue of Machinery Lubrication. 
  3. Online Testing— Specialty meters (usually particle counters), moisture meters and dielectric testers are installed in a circulating system in order to capture “live” lubricant conditions. As with on-site testing equipment, this technology has grown significantly over the past 5 years. 

Each of the basic types of oil analysis has an intended function and can offer significant benefit to the end user if deployed properly. For companies with a large number of lubricated components included in the oil analysis program, it is vital to incorporate some level of each of these categories for a well-rounded program.

Utilizing the criticality of machines that has been assigned through a documented method provides the best starting point in the decision-making process regarding which form, or combination of forms, is best for each component.

A plant with a well-developed criticality system already has the foundation for establishing an equally well-developed oil analysis program. Some of the primary decisions related to oil analysis that criticality can assist with include:

  • Machine selection 
  • Reliability objectives 
  • Test slate selection 
  • Sample frequency 

The days of the common test slate and frequency are over. The largest ROI will be achieved by using criticality to fine-tune an existing program and to get a new program off to an optimized starting point. The plant that does not have an established criticality assigned to machines should consider this foundational element. Without it, the entire predictive program is at risk of supplying less than the desired effect on overall reliability and ROI.

Understanding Operational Criticality

The oil analyst should know a machine’s operational criticality. This can be broken down into two basic elements. The first is mission criticality, which considers the consequences of failure (production losses, safety, etc.) in relation to the machine’s intended mission. The second is functional restoration, which basically asks in the event of failure, what would it cost to replace, repair and rebuild the broken machine.

These two elements of operational criticality don’t always go hand-in-hand. Because of redundancy and standby equipment in some processes, an expensive repair may not always result in costly downtime. Likewise, in other cases, huge production losses may be triggered by small throw-away machine components.

Operational criticality is best defined by the asset owner, not by outside oil analysts or other non-stakeholders. For instance, consider using a scale from one to five for both mission criticality and functional restoration. A rating of one might mean failure is inconsequential, while a rating of five alerts that failure could have devastating consequences. The cost, frequency and quality of oil analysis will likely vary in accordance to how the machine is rated for operational criticality.

The Business Case for Lubrication Excellence

by Jim Fitch, Noria Corporation

Machines fail for a reason. They’re not supposed to wear out. Humans are at the root of the vast majority of these failures. It’s also humans that can intervene and restore plants to healthy and sustained operation. This is not an imaginary concept but rather a living reality in a growing number of companies today.

Machine failure can deliver an important lesson on future prevention and remediation. Fortunately, there have been countless investigations into failure causes across wide-ranging machine types and applications. This learning has enabled organizations to greatly enhance reliability but only when machine and programmatic modifications were applied. Lubrication and reliability training programs are designed to teach this collective knowledge about failure prevention. Still, knowing is not the same thing as doing.

Figure 1

The Hard Currency of Lubrication-Enabled Reliability

Lubrication-enabled reliability (LER) relates to all activities that improve reliability through tactical changes in the use and application of lubricants. LER offers specific benefits and opportunities that don’t exist with alternative reliability strategies. Yet, most companies seem to be in denial when it comes to lubrication. They see themselves as being lubrication responsible – a misguided belief that they are already doing an adequate job with lubrication. It’s like healthy living through a proper diet. It’s not a matter of just eating but rather the discipline of eating the right foods every single day.

The same applies to lubrication. It’s not about blindly going through the same old tasks of lubricating your machines. This will not enhance reliability. Instead, LER is about reinventing how lubrication is done. This fact is learned from hundreds of published case studies on lubrication. It’s very much like an untapped vein of gold that lies just below the surface. It’s near at hand but difficult to see.

Fundamentally, LER has to be a business decision. Managers face wide-ranging opportunities when it comes to change and investment. Sound business judgment needs to be applied in deciding what to change next.

Conversely, the cost of repairing or replacing a failed machine (plus the associated lost production) is not a business decision that is carefully weighed against all options. It is outside of the control and judgment of management. The decision is driven entirely by the machine and its failure. The wisest thing managers can do at that point is to invest in a skillfully performed root cause analysis (RCA) followed by the prescribed changes needed to prevent reoccurrence.

LER is an initiative taken prior to failure, ideally when there is considerable remaining useful life. The following are three critical factors that should be considered in making reliability investments such as LER:

1. Find Untapped Opportunities That Yield Deep Benefits

The investment must have the potential to yield deep, rich benefits that outstrip the potential cost and risk. It can’t be simply a mild chipping away at maintenance costs but rather a bona-fide homerun opportunity.

The magnitude of the opportunity is influenced by the current state of reliability (or unreliability). For instance, a company’s approach may be just to continue reactive maintenance using the 4-R treatment – rapid component replacement, repair, removal or rebuild. In such cases, the opportunity is rich; the worse things are, the better the opportunity for change.

LER doesn’t respond to failure but aspires to address the root cause. What is in constant contact with the machine that over time influences the rate of wear and corrosion? It is the lubricant. What, if changed, is best able to slow down that rate of wear and corrosion? Again, it’s the lubricant. While there are other influencing factors, lubrication is the greatest common denominator.

As a case in point, see Figure 1. Fifty-three percent of all problems reported by this unnamed company were lubrication related. In addition, those that were not lubrication related (e.g., bearing defects, gear defects, unbalance, misalignment, etc.) would have been revealed by simply analyzing the lubricant (wear debris analysis).

Figure 2 is a plant-wide tabulation of the causes of mechanical failure reported by another company. The incorrect choice and usage of lubricants totaled 43 percent.

The Pareto Principle teaches us that the greatest yield from programmatic changes occurs when we focus on the 20 percent of the causes (critical few) that are responsible for 80 percent of the occurrences of failure.

Figure 2 Ref. AIMAN (Italian Association of Maintenance Engineers)
and IRI (International Research Institute) in conjunction with SKF

2. Target Conditions that can be Changed and Controlled

Unarguably, there is much that’s outside the realm of control for most reliability and maintenance teams. For instance, we can’t inherently know which bearings and gearboxes have design and manufacturing defects. However, we can control the quality of the job we do in mounting, fitting and installing machines/components. From that point forward, it’s about wellness management – careful and continuous nurturing of machine health.

Fortunately, lubrication-enabled reliability is not high science. Any maintenance organization can accomplish it with proper training, planning and deployment. Much of it is behavior based and just good old common sense. It’s about making modifications of people, machines, procedures, lubricants and metrics.

In the last issue of Machinery Lubrication, I introduced the concept of the Optimum Reference State (ORS). The ORS is a state of preparedness and condition readiness that enables lubrication excellence. It gives the machine and its work environment “reliability DNA” as it relates to lubrication. The enabling attributes of the ORS needed to achieve LER and lubrication excellence are:

  • People Preparedness. People are trained to modern lubrication skill standards and have certified competencies.
  • Machine Preparedness. Machines have the necessary design and accouterments for quality inspection, lubrication, contamination control, oil sampling, etc.
  • Precision Lubricants. Lubricants are correctly selected across key physical, chemical and performance properties, including base oil, viscosity, additives, film strength, oxidation stability, etc.
  • Precision Lubrication. Lubrication procedures, frequencies, amounts, locations, etc., are precisely designed to achieve the reliability objectives.
  • Oil Analysis. This includes optimal selection of the oil analysis lab, test slate, sampling frequency, alarm limits, troubleshooting rationale, etc.

These ORS attributes are simple, fundamental changes that are within a plant’s ability to modify and manage. They are definable, measurable, verifiable and controllable.

3. Choose Strategies that Offer Low, Manageable Risks

Stop fixing the machine and start fixing what causes the failure. This is proactive maintenance. Of course, it is hard to invest in something that is not yet broken. People are quick to respond to crisis but procrastinate to make changes when plants seem to be running reliably. Lifestyle changes sometimes require the jolt presented by a good health scare. Crisis puts focus on reliability. Change by aspiration alone is far rarer.

So what’s the worst that can happen? Clean, dry and cool lubricants don’t induce machine failure. The real risk is not in miscalculating the benefits from LER but rather in a botched or incomplete deployment. We’ve seen many examples of this in the past, and sadly it is a common outcome by those who have pursued LER. This can be the result of:

  • Caving into pressure from old-timers who prefer business as usual
  • Poor deployment (attempting to save money by cutting corners)
  • Incomplete deployment and follow-through (getting halfway done and then becoming distracted by other initiatives)
  • Lack of planning and preparation
  • Lack of measurement and control (drifting back due to poor sustainability)
  • Personnel changes (particularly the revolving door of leadership)

To de-risk implementation, you need leaders to champion the effort, good communication to stakeholders, adequate financial investment, and lots of monitoring and measurement (during and after deployment). Good implementation of LER follows along the lines of good project management. Be methodic and consistent. Rome was not built in a day. If you choose to take the do-it-yourself route, then start by getting the knowledge and help you need. You won’t find world-class lubrication in your machine’s service manual.

Closing the Knowing/Doing Gap

Sometimes you need an intervention. You can wait for a crisis to get things started, or you can start today. After all, you can’t harvest the benefits of LER until sustained implementation is in place. Opportunity knocks today. Open the door.

Case Study: Nippon Steel

Nippon Steel, which is a past recipient of the Total Productive Maintenance Excellence Award, was the focus of a widely published case study on the benefits gained from lubrication excellence. The company implemented lubrication changes toward achieving the ORS and realized amazing benefits over a period of years in just one area of its plant. Bearing failures dropped from nearly 400 per month to just 12.

Linking Enhanced Reliability to the State of Lubrication

by Jim Fitch, Noria Corporation

The lubricant Optimum Reference State (ORS) is a critical concept in the journey to world-class lubrication and enhanced machine reliability. In short, it is the prescribed state of machine configuration, operating conditions and maintenance activities required to achieve and sustain specific reliability objectives. Lubrication excellence is achieved when the current state of lubrication approaches that of the Optimum Reference State. If you don’t understand the ORS, you probably don’t understand the most fundamental concepts in machine reliability.

Lubrication attributes of the ORS are not widely known by equipment builders, lubricant suppliers and maintenance organizations. Many user organizations falsely conclude that their machines are already fitted with the necessary accessories and components that enable reliability to be achieved. Sadly, of the hundreds of machine service manuals I’ve seen in recent years, it is rare to find practices described close to the ORS. In a typical plant, it is equally rare to see machines fitted with ORS-compliant lubrication components and technicians performing ORS-compliant lubrication.

There are many different attributes of the Optimum Reference State. These attributes relate to people preparedness, machine preparedness, precision lubricants, precision lubrication and oil analysis. Achieving the ORS almost always involves change or modifications. For instance, you can’t get optimum filtration unless you install the optimum filter. You can’t have optimum oil samples unless you install ORS-compliant sample valves in the optimum location. Then, of course, you need to pull the sample using ORS-compliant procedures at ORS-compliant frequencies.

Critical ORS Tactics

If you carefully analyze the influence of lubrication on reliability and maintenance costs, you will notice a few consistent themes. Most importantly, it becomes evident what needs to be changed to substantially enhance reliability and reduce costs. These changes define critical tactics that will eventually detail the Optimum Reference State.

First, let’s look at the six factors used to tally the costs.

  1. Machine reliability and performance issues: lost production, downtime, business interruption, productivity, etc.
  2. Maintenance costs: labor costs, replacement parts, disposables, etc.
  3. Lubricant costs: price per gallon and lubricant consumption rate (gallons needed per year)
  4. Filter costs: filter cost and filter change frequency
  5. Safety costs: financial and personal costs when workers get injured or there is loss of life
  6. Environmental costs: financial and humanity costs related to tailpipe emissions, energy consumption, oil spills, etc.

By developing a lubrication program with ORS attributes and using a few critical tactics, you can
realize the benefits of improved machine reliability and reduced costs.

Why do these things happen, and why are these costs incurred? Answering these questions is like doing a root-cause failure analysis. You have to ask the “repetitive why.” The ORS Benefits Grid (see page 4) illustrates how lubrication plays a vital role in reversing or simply reducing the impact in each of the above six cost groups. It also shows the important connection to the Optimum Reference State and a sustained state of cost control and reliability.

To see how, let’s follow the trail backward from the six cost groups. Listed across the top of the ORS Benefits Grid are six tactics that describe how ORS lubrication enables reliability and delivers benefits to an organization. These six tactics are described below:

  • Lubricant Selection There is a complex array of lubricants on the market today. Suppliers of these lubricants make wide-ranging claims on performance relating to energy consumption, reduced wear, longer oil drain intervals, etc. Precision selection and proper delivery of these lubricants to the machine plays a critical role in machine reliability and lubricant consumption cost.

  • Lubricant Health – Sustaining the health of a well-selected lubricant is no trivial matter. This includes mitigating harmful exposure to the lubricant to enable its performance to last longer. It also involves knowing when to change the lubricant by carefully monitoring the remaining useful life (RUL) using oil analysis. Managing the health of the lubricant translates to an enhanced state of machine reliability.

  • Contamination Control – Contamination is the No. 1 cause of lubricant-related machine failure. It is also the No. 1 cause of lubricant degradation. There are many different types of contaminants that can harm the machine and the health of the lubricant.

  • Lubricant Level/Supply – Machines often fail due to too little or too much lubricant. Maintaining the correct level and supply of lubricant is vital to achieving an optimum state of machine reliability.

  • Root Cause and Fault Detection – There is an endless number of root causes and faults that are precursors to machine failure. Many of these are caused by the lubricant (e.g., contamination or degraded lubricant), while others are mechanical. Either way, the lubricant is a carrier of information related to the presence of most root causes and faults. Inspection practices and lubricant analysis can provide alerts to enable problems to be corrected early.

  • Safety, Waste and the Environment – Reliability issues often present safety risks. Faulty lubrication has been indicted as the root cause of countless fatalities from machine failure. Lubrication impacts the environment in many ways, from waste disposal of old lubricants to energy consumption, to waste streams from power plants and internal combustion engines.

When to Expect the Benefits

So now let’s put the process in the correct order:

  1. First, you develop a well-engineered lubrication program consisting of ORS attributes based on decades of learning about machine reliability.
  2. These attributes are critical building blocks necessary to support the tactics that fundamentally change the state of machine reliability and enable deep cost reductions. For instance, the tactics slow down the rate of machine wear and reduce lubricant consumption.
  3. Once the tactics are fully sustained, a transformation or metamorphosis begins to emerge. The maintenance organization is no longer a firehouse operation under constant pressure to make emergent repairs. Instead, work is managed by plans through monitoring and control. Reactive maintenance is replaced by proactive and predictive maintenance. Failure is replaced by machine reliability.

Want to get the ORS started in your plant? Begin by getting your organization trained on the fundamentals of machinery lubrication.

Essential ORS Attributes

The critical Optimum Reference State (ORS) tactics aren’t built into the DNA of most machines and maintenance organizations. They also don’t come about on their own. Instead, companies must reinvent and modernize lubrication to create a state of preparedness and condition readiness that enables lubrication excellence. This is a prescription for the ORS. Let’s take a look at some of these reliability-enabling attributes relating to lubrication:

  • People Preparedness – People are trained to modern lubrication skill standards and have certified competencies.
  • Machine Preparedness – Machines have the necessary design and accouterments for quality inspection, lubrication, contamination control, oil sampling, etc.
  • Precision Lubricants – Lubricants are correctly selected across key physical, chemical and performance properties, including base oil, viscosity, additives, film strength, oxidation stability, etc.
  • Precision Lubrication – Lubrication procedures, frequencies, amounts, locations, etc., are precisely designed to achieve the reliability objectives.
  • Oil Analysis – This includes optimal selection of the oil analysis lab, test slate, sampling frequency, alarm limits, troubleshooting rationale, etc.

Practical Machinery Lubrication Handbook Fourth Edition Available

Twenty years after the original release date and two minor editions later, The Practical Handbook of Machinery Lubrication is now available in a completely rewritten fourth edition.

The Practical Handbook of Machinery Lubrication was first authored by Lloyd “Tex” Leugner, president of Maintenance Technology International, Inc. (Alberta, Canada), to provide the industry with a blueprint for lubrication fundamentals.

Robert Scott, a Noria course instructor and 30-year thought leader in the lubrication industry, authored much of the most recent installment of the book, which addresses specific new topics such as oil properties and testing, oil analysis, grease applications, journal bearings, compressors, contamination control, storage and handling, wear and failure mechanisms, and troubleshooting.

“This fourth edition retains the easy-reading nature of the original book. However, the content more closely complements Noria’s Fundamentals of Machinery Lubrication training course and provides critical information to those who might be considering certification,” said Robert Scott, instructor of Noria’s machinery lubrication and oil analysis courses in the U.S. and Canada. “The chapters have been restructured to heighten the focus on reliability and provide further detail on recent changes in industry practices.”

The fourth edition also contains new graphics and illustrations that make the content easier to grasp and implement. The book’s premise validates the relationship between improved lubrication and recognition of root causes to gain a keener understanding of the science of tribology.

The Practical Handbook of Machinery Lubrication is a 220-page paperback that retails for $70 and is available for online purchase.

Reliable Plant 2012 Makes Successful Run In Indianapolis

The 13th annual Reliable Plant Conference and Exhibition held May 1-3 in Indianapolis marked another highly successful event for Noria Corporation. The international conference, which is the premier event for lubrication, oil analysis and reliability professionals, drew nearly 1,000 industry experts, decision-makers and practitioners from around the world.

With a choice of five tracks – three focused on lubrication and two focused on reliability –featuring more than 60 learning sessions, attendees gained valuable information and insight into the latest advances in technology and industry best practices over the course of three days.

“This was by far one of the best conferences I have been to,” said Charles Maupin of Ring Container Technologies. “The sessions were the best part. Getting in there and hearing the questions stimulates a lot of stuff that doesn’t come across directly in the presentations. When you collect this many people, you get a lot of input and a lot of discussions are generated.”

Lubrication Excellence sessions included presentations on effective electric motor lubrication, the true cost of filtration, setting effective oil analysis alarm limits, oil sampling best practices, as well as many others. Reliability World sessions discussed the path to maintenance excellence, rolling element bearing fault detection techniques, preventing equipment failures with condition-based maintenance tools, equipment installation for optimum reliability and much more.

“This was a great conference with highly relevant presentations, lots of knowledge sharing and the right people participating,” noted Steffen Nyman of C.C. Jensen.

In the exhibition hall, more than 80 industry-leading companies and organizations showcased a broad range of products and services. Among the new products highlighted were Air Sentry’s Guardian breather, HYDAC’s Metallic Contamination Sensor (MCS), Y2K Fluid Power’s hand-held compact filtration system, PerkinElmer’s Oil Express 4 system, Shell’s Tellus S3M and Lazar Scientific’s AV2 automatic viscometer.

“There were great vendors, products and new protective measures to maintain a good lubrication program,” said Daniel Ledet of Entergy. “Indianapolis was a great choice of location to have the conference. The opening ceremony kept everyone awake and excited. The pace of the conference was just right.”

Keynote speaker Davey Hamilton offered attendees inspiration and motivation while describing how he fought his way back to the cockpit after almost six years away from IndyCar racing following a crash at Texas Motor Speedway.

“You have to have that trust in who you are dealing with, in your employees, in the engineering and in everything that is involved,” Hamilton told attendees. “You have to have that faith and trust that it is going to be successful, and you have to strive for that. It doesn’t matter what position you are in within a company, you have to have that goal set to where you want to be, to what the product needs to be and how to be the very best. That was something that I had to fight to be able to come back to do.”

Many attendees also enjoyed the Indy Track Tour, which provided an up-close look at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Indy Hall of Fame Museum.

The grand-prize winner of the “high-performance hideout” was Lou Herington of Alcoa, who was awarded a check for $5,000 from Noria Corporation to outfit his own high-performance hideout.

“I’m glad I made the trip,” Herington said. “This will be a nice chance for me to do the basement up and get it the way I’ve been wanting to do it anyway.”

Pre-conference workshops were presented in half-day and full-day sessions with topics such as understanding oil analysis reports, extending the life of rolling element bearings, detecting and controlling sludge and varnish, and root-cause analysis tools for plant equipment failures.

On-site certification exam opportunities were also offered during the event through the International Council for Machinery Lubrication (ICML) and the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP).

“Overall, this conference offers practical training and knowledge to allow users to return to their companies to provide value-added changes to lower costs and increase revenue,” said Richard Woolley of North American Construction Group. “Everyone must attend.”

Preparations are already being made for next year’s Reliable Plant Conference and Exhibition scheduled for April 16-18, 2013, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. Visit for additional information.

Level I Lubrication Training Coming to Nashville, TN

Join us in Nashville, TN for Fundamentals of Machinery Lubrication training on August 7-9, 2012.


Davey Hamilton to Deliver Keynote Address at Noria’s 2012 Conference

IndyCar Series driver Davey Hamilton will launch us out of the pole position during the Opening General Session with “Racing Back From Adversity”, a keynote address that’s bound to deliver horsepower and start your engines!

Hamilton, a second-generation racer whose career was inspired by his father Ken, is a versatile driver who won championships in Super Modifieds and the famed Copper World Classic three times. He competed regularly in the IZOD IndyCar Series from 1996-2001 until his life was changed forever after a crash at Texas Motor Speedway in which he nearly lost his feet and legs. After 21 operations and two years of rehabilitation, Hamilton returned to IndyCar racing at the Indianapolis 500 in May 2007, and provides driver analysis for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network.

In February 2009, Hamilton formed a Firestone Indy Lights team with Kingdom Racing. Brandon Wagner serves as the team’s driver and scored the team’s first win in 2010.