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  1. The Benefits of Labyrinth Seals

    There are a variety of options for keeping contaminants out of machines, but one that should not be overlooked is the type of seal being used. Seals not only can keep contaminant ingression in check, but they can also prevent lubricant from leaking out of the machine. In this video, Noria expert Wes Cash discusses […]

  2. 3 Reasons Why Oil Analysis Programs Fail

    Oil analysis programs can offer a huge return on your investment. They also can easily fail to provide those returns if not managed properly. In this video, Noria’s Bennett Fitch explains how to avoid three of the most common reasons why an oil analysis program fails. Take the next step. Learn which oil sampling methods […]

  3. The Risks of Using EP Additives

    While all oil additives serve a purpose, extreme-pressure (EP) additives in gear oils can be very detrimental and lead to the destruction of copper metals. In this video, Noria expert Wes Cash explains when you should avoid using EP additives, how to know if an oil has these additives, and why it is important to […]

  4. Advice for Proper Lubricant Storage

    Contaminants and extreme temperatures can severely affect the life and performance of your lubricants. In this video, Noria’s Mike Brown explains the importance of storing lubricants indoors and away from any type of contamination as well as some of the best methods for keeping lubricants clean, cool and dry. Take the next step. Learn guidelines […]

  5. 3 Easy Steps for Proactive Maintenance

    How can maintenance at your facility become more proactive? More than just a buzzword, proactive should be an organization’s philosophy or way of life. In this video, Noria’s Wes Cash details the three key steps that must be followed for proactive maintenance so you can effectively monitor and correct the root causes of equipment failure. […]

  6. How to Identify Water Contamination in Oil

    Water is known to be very damaging to oil and machines. It is often referred to as the second most destructive contaminant. In this video, Noria expert Wes Cash discusses the different states of water in oil so you can recognize its presence and determine where it is coming from and how to remove it. […]

  7. Using KPIs to Measure Lubrication Efficacy

    Key performance indicators (KPIs) are essential for evaluating the success of a lubrication program. In this video, Noria’s Alex Meza reveals some of the most common KPIs in industry and how they can be used to monitor the effectiveness of lubrication at your plant. Take the next step. Find out how to implement metrics to […]

  8. Choosing the Right Maintenance Strategy

    In condition-based maintenance, there are two general philosophies: predictive maintenance and proactive maintenance. While these terms are often used interchangeably, they are not the same. Noria expert Jim Fitch explains the different strategies, methods and goals for each of these maintenance philosophies so you can choose the right one for your plant. Take the next […]

  9. How to Avoid Over-Greasing Bearings

    The practice of over-greasing bearings not only is a waste of grease, but it can also drastically shorten bearing life. In this video, Noria’s Mike Brown reveals what you should know to avoid overgreasing so you can keep grease in your bearings and not on the plant floor. Take the next step. Learn the best […]

  10. Easy Field Tests for Onsite Oil Analysis

    Effective oil analysis doesn’t always have to involve a laboratory. Meaningful information can be obtained with a few quick onsite inspections. In this video, Noria’s Jeremy Wright describes three useful tests that you can perform in the field to evaluate the health of your lubricant. Take the next step. Learn other essential field inspections that […]

  11. Wrong Lubricant Viscosity & Volume

    Energy is often wasted due to the misapplication of lubricants. A common problem is mismatching the lubricant viscosity to the machine’s requirements. Noria expert Wes Cash explains what can happen when too much viscosity is added as well as the dangers of applying too much grease and oil. Take the next step. Learn more about […]

  12. What Grease Color Can Tell You

    Grease color has the ability to provide important information. In this video, Noria’s Bennett Fitch explains that while grease may darken due to harsh operating or environmental conditions, grease manufacturers use color simply to identify the type of grease and to make it more appealing. Take the next step. Find out more about greases and […]

  13. The Power of Live Zone Oil Sampling

    World-class oil analysis programs focus on obtaining quality live zone oil samples. In this video, Noria’s Jim Fitch describes what live-zone sampling involves as well as how it can provide the most representative oil sample and the best understanding of a machine’s health. Take the next step. Learn industry best practices for used oil sampling, […]

  14. 3 Simple Ways to Improve Fluid Cleanliness

    Oil contamination from dirt has been proven to be the No. 1 killer of industrial machinery. In this video, Noria expert Jeremy Wright reveals three quick and easy tips that you can use to improve fluid cleanliness for a more reliable plant. Take the next step. Learn more contamination control strategies to extend machine life […]

  15. The Truth About Additive Depletion

    In oil analysis, additive depletion is often used to estimate the remaining useful life of the oil. Noria expert Jim Fitch explains the two main types of additive depletion and why it is important for additives to deplete in order to save the oil, the machine or both. Take the next step. Learn how to […]

  16. 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 […]

  17. 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 […]

  18. 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 […]

  19. 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 […]