COURSE CONTENT

Get Certified: This course helps you prepare for the ICML Level 2 Machine Lubricant Analyst (MLA II) certification

WORLD-CLASS MAINTENANCE PHILOSOPHIES

  • Five prevailing features of world-class maintenance programs
  • The 80:20 rule for maintenance
  • Three successful elements of a CBM program

INTRODUCTION TO MACHINERY LUBRICATION

  • Oil formulation and its importance in effective machinery lubrication
  • Six key functions of lubricating oils
  • Three primary lubrication regimes
  • Introduction to base oils and additives
  • Choosing the correct base stock
  • Conditions that dictate the use of synthetic oils
  • Antioxidant additives and their role in oil life
  • Dispersants and detergents - the key to controlling soot
  • Controlling wear with additive chemistry

OIL ANALYSIS FUNDAMENTALS

  • Interpreting the language your oil is speaking
  • Prevailing myths about oil analysis
  • Common applications for sampling and analysis
  • Three categories of oil analysis

OIL SAMPLING - THE VERY BEST PRACTICES

  • 11 elements of a successful oil analysis program
  • How clean should sample bottles be?
  • How to find the best sampling locations
  • Sampling valves and hardware recommendations
  • A quick method for optimising sampling intervals
  • The importance of primary and secondary sampling points
  • Safe, effective, high-pressure sampling from hydraulic systems
  • Best practices for sampling plash-, collar-, ring-lubricated and circulating systems

FLUID PROPERTIES ANALYSIS

  • Four common root causes of oil degradation
  • Recognising and controlling oil oxidation and thermal failure
  • Monitoring lubricant degradation using acid number
  • Monitoring lubricant health using FTIR
  • Determining oil life using RPVOT
  • How to recognise additive depletion or degradation
  • Using paper chromatography (blotter spot test) to detect additive and base oil degradation
  • Four ways detect the addition of wrong oil

CONTAMINATION CONTROL & PROACTIVE MAINTENANCE

  • Seven common contaminants
  • Oil cleanliness and oil life extension benefits
  • Using the ISO Solid Contamination Code
  • Proactive maintenance in three easy steps
  • Case studies for proactive maintenance
  • Oil filter and breather recommendations
  • Portable filtration carts - three ways to use them
  • Setting targets for oil cleanliness
  • Detecting and controlling moisture contamination
  • Selecting moisture removal and filtration methods
  • Setting targets for oil cleanliness
  • Detecting and controlling moisture contamination
  • Selecting moisture removal and filtration methods
  • The effects of heat on lubricants
  • Controlling air entertainment and foam
  • Glycol contamination
  • Dealing with soot
  • Understanding fuel contamination

INTERACTIVE CASE STUDIES WORKSHOP

  • Individual and group participation in problem-solving exercises
  • Exercises in how to read an oil analysis report

FAULT DETECTION & WEAR PARTICLE ANALYSIS

  • How wear metals are measured using RDE and ICP spectrometers
  • Measuring larger particles with rotrode filter spectroscopy
  • Using ferrous density to determine the severity of a wear problem
  • Using analytical ferrography for advanced fault detection and root cause analysis
  • Four primary sources of friction in lubricated machinery
  • The 10 wear mechanisms that reduce machine life
  • The most common wear modes in plain, rolling-element and thrust bearings
  • Understanding wear in hydraulic systems and gears
  • Instrument-free onsite tests
  • How to inspect vents and breathers
  • Tips for effective sight-glass inspection
  • Getting valuable information from used filters
  • Inspecting reservoirs for clues about lube trouble
  • Scenting lubricants to find problems
  • Getting visual clues from the oil samples before mailing it out
  • Getting into particle analysis for less that $100
  • Turn your kitchen blender into a test for demulsibility and foam tendency
  • Screening for water with a simple hot plate
  • How an unwanted business card can reveal oil degradation

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