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Jim Jung, Trico Corporation
November 19, 2019 / by Mike Gauthier

Don’t Assume New Oil Is Good

The unfortunate reality is that new oil often arrives in questionable condition. Out of 1,000 recent new oil samples we tested in our lab, 45% rated marginal or critical in terms of water or particulate contamination.

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November 12, 2019 / by Jim Jung

Know Your Rights (of Effective Lubrication)

If you’re among the many industrial professionals who still view critical equipment lubricants as mere consumables – commodities to which you give little thought other than price – consider this: Poor lubrication causes as much as 60% of all equipment failures.

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October 29, 2019 / by Mike Gauthier

How to Protect the Hard-to-Reach Cooling Tower Gearbox

When Trico recently reviewed analysis findings from 3,000 gearbox oil samples, we found that as much as 75% of them were over the acceptable cleanliness standards.

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October 15, 2019 / by Mike Gauthier

Application Spotlight: Protecting Boiler Feedwater Pumps

Boiler feedwater pumps need to “breathe,” equalizing pressure when air expands and contracts due to temperature fluctuations or startup/shutdown situations. This breathing allows ingression of moisture and particulates.

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October 01, 2019 / by Mike Gauthier

Vented Constant Level Oilers: A Closer Look at One Possible Contamination Culprit

If oil analysis is showing particulate or water contamination of your machine lubricant, one of the key places to look is the technical specs related to the equipment. The details of what’s in and on the machine often shed some light on possible contamination causes.

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