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    • 24 May 2019

    How to Optimize Coupling Performance – Part II

    This is the second post of a two-part tip series that dives into couplings, how they work, and how to optimize their performance through best-in-class lubrication. Our first post covered the basics – what are couplings, the two most common types of couplings (gear and grid couplings), and common operating challenges. This tip will focus on lubrication best practices. Coupling lubrication In couplings that...
    • 17 May 2019

    How to Optimize Coupling Performance

    Couplings are critical components in many industrial machines and machine systems. But, as these machine systems become more advanced, they put even greater strain on couplings. That’s why operators need to understand how to properly maintain these components to ensure they perform at their best. This two-part tip series will discuss how couplings work, common coupling operating challenges, and lubrication best...
    • 10 May 2019

    Coolly Save Costs and Reduce Oil Consumption with Lubricants: An Example from the Brewing Industry

    The refrigeration industry is undergoing a transformation. Global legislation is limiting the use of refrigerants with a high level of Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) or Global Warming Potential (GWP). As a result, to help reduce the impact on the environment, businesses are increasingly adopting natural refrigerants – such as ammonia (NH 3 ), carbon dioxide (CO2) and hydrocarbons – with much lower GWP than...
    • 3 May 2019

    Quenching and Lubrication – The Hidden Productivity Connection

    Quenching metals – or the rapid cooling of a work piece (metal) in a medium to convert the grain structure to a more stable form – is an important part of steel and other metal alloy manufacturing processes. The quenching process is intense, placing equipment components under extreme temperature changes and exposure to contaminants like water. Maximizing equipment performance and longevity for this type...
    • 26 Apr 2019

    Oil Oxidation and Its Impact on Your Productivity

    Oil oxidation is one of the key challenges facing equipment reliability. As many Mobil SHC Club members know, oxidation can occur over time due to high heat, causing sludge formation that can accelerate equipment wear. If not addressed in time, these impacts can result in equipment failure, hurting the productivity of any operation. But, the topic of today’s tip is not the dangers of oxidation – that’s...
    • 19 Apr 2019

    Hydraulics 101: Follow These Basics to Maximize System Performance – Part 2

    Last week, we started looking at the key components in a hydraulic system – including the hydraulic reservoir, the pump, and the electric motor – and outlined some basic fundamentals that operators must know to keep the system at peak performance. This week, we continue this discussion by looking at the valves, the actuator, and the hydraulic fluid. The valves There are several valves in a hydraulic...
    • 12 Apr 2019

    Air Compression vs. Refrigeration Compression: What You Need to Know

    Recently, we’ve received a lot of questions in the field asking about key differences between maintaining equipment used for general air compression and equipment used for refrigeration compression. While on the surface it may seem like there aren’t many differences between these two applications, the truth is that there are some key considerations that do impact what operators need to do to maximize equipment...
    • 5 Apr 2019

    Hydraulics 101: Follow These Basics to Maximize System Performance – Part 1

    Most of the time we forget that hydraulic systems are very simple. No matter where they operate – on a space shuttle or the power steering unit of a car – a hydraulic system is nothing more than a fluid under pressure, flowing and doing work. That said, there are a few components in most hydraulic systems that aid in fluid control and productivity, and there are some basic fundamentals that every operator...