May 2012

Special Report: Maintenance/Reliability

Consider updating your lubricant system

Oil mist extends equipment life over other lube methods

Ehlert, D., Lubrication Systems Company

Oil-mist lubrication has been applied successfully to pumps and motors in the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) since the late 1960s.1 Many large-scale installations have served industry well all over the world (Fig. 1). As of 2011, the US and Canadian refining industries alone had over 1,500 large-scale oil-mist systems in operation. Of the more than 60,000 machines lubricated by these systems, around half were purchased with oil mist as the intended lube application method. The other half had been originally furnished with conventional oil lubrication and was later converted to oil-mist lubrication.   Fig. 1. A modern, large-scale oil-mist console. Since overhun

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