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Machinery Lubrication I

If you aren’t using the correct lubricant at the right time in the right quantity and in the right place, you could be doing your equipment more harm than good. Modern lubrication programs have changed considerably from “old school” methods that have been passed down through generations.

This course provides foundational training in industrial lubricants, machinery lubrication and oil sampling. It lays the groundwork for establishing a lubrication and oil analysis program, and is designed to help you prepare for the ICML Level I Machine Lubricant Technician (MLT I)​.

You’ll Gain Practical New Skills That You Can Use Right Away


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. Learn the newest methods for implementing the best lubrication practices.
 

Grease Gun Or Lethal Weapon?
 
In the hands of an untrained operator, a grease gun can deliver pressure up to 15,000 psi. That’s 30 times what a typical bearing seal can handle. Once the bearing 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 data-rich oil samples, exactly where to install oil sampling ports, and what sampling equipment should and shouldn’t be used.
 

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 clearances

Understanding Additives, Base Oils and Grease Thickeners

  • How lubricant properties irreparably change
  • Seven important physical properties of a base oil
  • 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 requirements and government regulations for food-grade lubricants
  • 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 incompatible grease mixtures
  • Advantages and disadvantages of centralized lubrication systems
  • Best practices for greasing motor bearings
  • How to control pressure when greasing bearings
  • The unique problems caused by over-greasing – specific steps to eliminate
  • 3 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 and other automatic lubrication methods
  • Using pressure spray methods for gearboxes
  • 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 problems
  • How to select journal bearing viscosity based on speed

Rolling-element Bearing Lubricants

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

Gear Lubricants

  • 5 key requirements for gear oil
  • How to select the best viscosity for a gear lubricant
  • Best practice guidelines for storing spare gearboxes – lubrication matters!
  • 10 conditions that may require synthetic gear lubricants
  • Lubrication best practices for enclosed gears – 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 fail and how to protect against it
  • Service classifications 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