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Six reasons why oil analysis programs fail

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The practice of lube analysis has been proven time and again to be an effective approach to reduce maintenance and downtime costs. However many lube analysis programs do not deliver outstanding results. Join Tim Nelson as he explores some of the most common reasons why lube analysis programs fail and what you can do to help ensure yours will succeed. By focusing on the reasons for failure, you will learn how to avoid them and create a world-class lube analysis program. Tim Nelson has more than 30 years experience working in the maintenance and reliability disciplines. Much of his knowledge and experience was gained while managing the Lubrication and Oil Analysis programs for a major chemical plant.

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Six reasons why oil analysis programs fail

  1. 1. SIX REASONS WHY OIL ANALYSIS PROGRAMS FAIL presented by: Tim Nelson
  2. 2. Successful Takeoff
  3. 3. Failure Is Not An Option
  4. 4. Reflection • • • • Annual Oil Samples = 20 million Average cost per sample of $20 $400 million dollars in annual spend Assuming a 10x return yields $ 4 billion savings
  5. 5. Industrial Oil Analysis 80 70 60 50 Industrial Engine Oil 40 30 20 10 0 Sample %
  6. 6. Improper Sampling Strategy • • • • • • What you get out = what you put in Achilles heel of most programs 90% from drain port or drop tube Strive for dedicated sample valves Train the sample takers On site lube audit
  7. 7. Delays in Getting Results • Ship samples as they are collected • Accurate sample identification (Labels) • Sample notification process • Same day turnaround keeps interest
  8. 8. Poor Interpretation of the Tests • Lab analysts equipment experience • Poor or inaccurate sample information • Improper test package selection • Weak alarming methodologies • Lack of training at plant to interpret • Analytical ferrography missing
  9. 9. No Communication with Lab • Need relationship with lab analysts • Easy communication tools with lab • Does lab give you attention
  10. 10. Inadequate Performance Tracking • Lack of key performance indicators • Lab supplied monthly management reports • Program review meetings with lab • Procedures for documenting savings
  11. 11. Lack of Ownership • • • • • • Going through the motions Red-headed stepchild Driver to strive for world class Lack of confidence to take action Training generates confidence Whose job is it?
  12. 12. Take The High Road • Improper Sampling Strategy – Training , Ports, Audits • Delays in getting results – Get samples to lab – Same day turnaround should not cost a premium • Poor Interpretation of the Tests – Knowledge of lab analysts – Training from lab on reports – Understand and develop alarming protocols
  13. 13. What The Future Holds
  14. 14. I Think I Can ….

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