Noria Corporation was recently named among the top workplaces of 2015 in a survey of Oklahoma companies conducted by The Oklahoman and Philadelphia-based research firm WorkplaceDynamics.
The Oklahoman and WorkplaceDynamics considered 1,210 companies employing at least 35 personnel within Oklahoma. Of those, they selected the best 70 candidates, with Noria ranking among the top 40 companies employing fewer than 125 people.
“Our research of employee feedback concludes the common thread is having a healthy organization,” wrote WorkplaceDynamics CEO Doug Claffey. “Healthy organizations thrive on people who feel connected to their workplace through meaningful work and the belief that their company is moving in the right direction.”
Criteria for the top workplaces were based on the results of employee surveys in which staff members from participating companies evaluated their workplaces on seven different factors: work, manager, pay and benefits, direction, execution, connection, and engagement. Across the board, Oklahoma employees’ top priorities pertained to organizational health and connection, with pay and benefits scoring the lowest.
“Employees among The Oklahoman’s top workplaces buy in to where they’re going and how they’re getting there,” Claffey noted. “So much so, they’re not afraid to use the ‘L-word’ when it comes to their jobs – ‘I love my job.’ WorkplaceDynamics has determined for many years that more money or perks do not account for the difference between an average and poor workplace.”
Noria Corporation is the education resource of choice for numerous Fortune 500 companies. In addition to publishing and providing conferences and employee training, Noria provides a range of services related to advanced machine reliability and maintenance technologies. The majority of its editorial staff are practicing professionals who make up the leadership of Noria’s consulting and services team.
Industrial Lubrication Fundamentals is a new training course that offers an introduction to optimum lubrication practices, which are a key component in achieving lubrication excellence. The course covers the common activities of a lubrication technician with recommendations from industry experts and reliability professionals. Using a variety of techniques and media, this training provides lube technicians with the knowledge and practical skills to perform specific lubrication tasks. Student participation is encouraged in the interactive course, which is designed for those who have a limited technical background and need lubrication and filtration training.
Industrial Lubrication Fundamentals
Tuesday, December 2 – Thursday, December 4, 2014
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
3-Day Course = $1,195
Training is a PROCESS, not just an event
We make it easy to take your training with you. Every student receives 90-day access to Noria’s online learning system, including pre- and post-assessments, printable job aids and videos used in the course.
Examples of what you will learn:
• Receiving and inspecting new lubricants
• Protecting lubricant integrity
• Transporting and applying lubricants
• Conducting field inspections
• Excluding and removing contaminants
• Sampling lubricants
Who should attend?
This course is intended for anyone involved in lubrication and reliability practices, from the plant’s purchasing department to top executives.
Specific job titles may include lubrication technicians, maintenance technicians, millwrights, mechanics, oilers, machine operators, etc.
Need help deciding if this is the right course for you?
Contact your training advisor today at (918) 392-5063 or send an email to email@example.com
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.
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.
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.
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 conference.reliableplant.com for additional information.
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.