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Gearbox Reliability

Gear reducers are an integral part of all production processes. They can range from small throwaway units to large, both specialized and standardized units. Their reliability is a critical factor, for those companies who are tasked with reducing plant maintenance and operational costs. Additionally, they can be very complex in design and can pose a challenge for maintenance staff, as there are many moving interfaces (i.e. gear mesh types, couplings, bearings and sealing mediums) all requiring their own and often different installations, adjustments / setups. Not to mention the very high loads that they can operate under and all of these factors require them to operate at all times with an effective and contamination free lubrication film thickness. This document intends to summarise the core preventive and proactive maintenance requirements to achieve gearbox reliability with particular emphasis on maintaining an effective and contamination free lubrication film thickness.

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What is Visual Oil Inspection?

Many basic lubrication problems can be found by visual oil inspection. Don’t underestimate the human eye! With an oil sight glass you do have a continuous, visual monitoring of the colour, sediment, clarity and water contamination levels of lubricants.

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Reliability UK - Conference and exhibition

Reliability UK is a conference and exhibition that deals exclusively with plant and oil reliability maintenance in Ireland and the UK. Presented by TelLab, Reliability UK is a forum designed to deliver a unique platform of knowledge, expertise and technology surrounding the topics of oil and plant reliability.

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OilSafe basic assortment

In this blog we will focus on the basic OilSafe products which are essential for Lubrication Reliability Best Practices: the storage and transfer drums with the 5 different lid types designed to fit each of the 5 different drum sizes. OilSafe sealable, reusable oil storage drums are the solution to contamination prevention and have a positive effect on asset protection. These containers make lubricant storage and handling clean, efficient and easy!

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6 Lubrication Maintenance Rights

When establishing a Lubrication Reliability Programme, the programme uses as its base the 6 Lubrication Maintenance Rights. For every Production Facility Lubrication is an essential part of their machinery maintenance. Although only ca. 3% of a maintenance budget is spent on lubricants, it does have a major influence on lubrication related costs. In order to achieve optimum reliability and maximum benefits from a lubrication Programme, the following six factors (6 Rs) need to be taken into account:

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