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Intelligent Lubrication Solutions™

Intelligent Lubrication Solutions™

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Jeff Muellenbach

Sales Service Engineer | U.S. Lubricants

Recent Posts

Getting ROI from Your Lubrication Management Program: 2 Real-Life Examples

Posted by Jeff Muellenbach on Aug 8, 2017 9:43:15 AM

How does a lubrication management program (LMP) save my company money? It’s one of the most common questions we get from plant managers today. That being said, having an LMP in place can significantly reduce your downtime, speed up productivity, reduce costly risks, and also decrease the likelihood of injury — all things that contribute to a healthy return on investment.

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Topics: Lubrication Management Program

5 Signs You Should Outsource Your Lubrication Management Program

Posted by Jeff Muellenbach on Mar 2, 2017 7:32:24 AM

When was the last time you had a lubrication-related failure with one of your machines? Is something like this a regular occurrence? If so, something needs to be done about your lubrication management program (LMP).

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Topics: Lubrication Management Program

Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall: Which Lubricant Is Best For Which Season?

Posted by Jeff Muellenbach on Dec 22, 2016 9:05:00 AM

Now that winter has arrived, it’s a good idea to think about the lubricants you’re using. Even at moderate temperatures, vehicles and tractors operate under a lot of stress. Frigid winter temperatures — as well as sweltering summer temperatures — place even more demands on an engine. What type of oil should you use in each of the seasons?

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Topics: Fluid Formulations

Can I Use a Single Fluid for Multiple Applications?

Posted by Jeff Muellenbach on Jul 19, 2016 8:22:00 AM

“Can I use this one fluid for several lubrication needs?” We get this question fairly often, most commonly when a customer is already using one hydraulic fluid and has a piece of equipment that calls for a different fluid type or spec. The question makes sense to ask as customers are always looking for ways to consolidate their fluids (and hopefully save money in the process).

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Topics: Fluid Formulations

Getting ROI from Your Lubrication Management Program: 2 Real-Life Examples

Posted by Jeff Muellenbach on Jul 5, 2016 8:40:00 AM

How does a lubrication management program (LMP) save my company money? It’s one of the most common questions we get from plant managers today. That being said, having an LMP in place can significantly reduce your downtime, speed up productivity, reduce costly risks, and also decrease the likelihood of injury — all things that contribute to a healthy return on investment.

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Topics: Lubrication Management Program

The Consequences of Over-lubricating Your Bearings

Posted by Jeff Muellenbach on Jun 21, 2016 8:36:00 AM

You know what they say: everything’s better in moderation—including lubrication for your bearings. While you might think there’s no such thing as over-lubricating, using too much grease can lead to serious problems with your machines, including grease churn, overheating, damage to the electric motor, and seal damage. Thankfully, over-lubrication is one thing that’s easy to avoid, as long as you know what to do and take the time to do things right.

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Topics: Lubrication Maintenance

5 Signs You Need a Lubrication Audit

Posted by Jeff Muellenbach on Jun 7, 2016 8:22:00 AM

Lubrication maintenance can be a lot like dieting sometimes. Whenever you first start a diet, for example, that’s when you have the most dedication and commitment to following it. However, as time goes on, it’s easy to let some things slip, and after a while, you’re barely following it at all. When it comes to following your lubrication maintenance plan, we often see the same type of declining dedication to following the proper maintenance processes and completing tasks. Just like a diet, lubrication maintenance requires focus and discipline, and it’s tempting to cut corners and look for ways to make things easier. However, easier doesn’t always mean better, as some things like diets and lubrication maintenance produce better results when there are clear guidelines in place.

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Topics: Lubrication Maintenance

The Difference Between Virgin Oil, Recycled Oil, and Re-refined Oil

Posted by Jeff Muellenbach on May 24, 2016 8:26:00 AM

Have you ever heard of re-refined or recycled oil and immediately dropped it from consideration because you don’t have any interest in buying previously used oil? You wouldn’t be the only one. From used cars to used lubricants, we’re trained to believe that nothing will ever be as good as it was when it was brand new, so most people see the words refurbished, recycled, or re-refined and assume those products have seen better days (and that those words are all interchangeable). However, that’s not necessarily the case with lubricants. Re-refined oil is actually as good of quality or better than virgin oil, and recycled oil is a completely different category and purpose.

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Topics: Fluid Formulations

How to Read an Oil Analysis Report — 3 Key Data Points

Posted by Jeff Muellenbach on May 17, 2016 8:26:00 AM

In many of our previous posts, we’ve talked at length about the importance of regular oil analysis and proper sampling techniques. Oil analysis is critical for identifying any trends and problems in your oil and machine, and you can use that information to make important proactive maintenance decisions, such as decreasing unnecessary fluid change outs and scheduling repairs in a timely manner.

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Topics: Machine Reliability, Oil Analysis

8 Simple Ways to Improve Your Oiling Today

Posted by Jeff Muellenbach on May 10, 2016 8:38:00 AM

Inspecting-Plant-Equipment.jpgWe’ll admit it: lubrication maintenance can be very complex at times. From sampling the oil and refilling your machines to making repairs and installing new parts and systems, there are a lot of steps to follow and tasks to complete from week to week—and even day to day. There’s a reason many companies rely on automated computer programs to help them track their maintenance tasks, after all.

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Topics: Lubrication Maintenance