It’s Elementary: What an Element COULD Mean on Your Oil Analysis

By: Allan Zieser, STLE, CLS Frequently, we get asked what certain elements shown on an oil analysis report mean for the equipment being tested. Without knowledge of the components in the equipment, oil analysis reports can be quite frustrating to...

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Gear Oils vs. Transmission Oils

Written by: Allan Zieser, STLE, CLS   What is the difference between a gear oil and a transmission oil? This question was posed to bring home the fact that we have oils with similar names that are not for similar applications. Most notably the...

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Oil Oxidation

Written by: Allan Zieser, STLE, CLS All oils oxidize in the presence of the most abundant gas on the planet, oxygen. Oxygen is all around us and for the most part, it is a good thing. However, in hydrocarbon lubricants oxygen can bond with elements...

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Oil Sampling - Plan it, Pull it, Ship it

Are you struggling to pull the perfect oil sample? Do you need help figuring out how to better organize your oil sampling process? Look no further! Our own expert Al Zieser came up with a super easy acronym for you - P, P, S! Plan it, Pull it, Ship...

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Quick Tips on Oil Sampling

If you've ever pulled an oil sample, you know there are some things you want to do and other things you would want to avoid in order to get the ideal oil sample. Why does it matter? You want to pull an ideal sample so you can get the best...

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The Four Types of Maintenance

There are four primary types of maintenance that are used in plants and shops. All maintenance falls into one of these categories whether you realize it or not.   Here is a brief rundown of them:   Corrective Maintenance Corrective...

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Bottom-Line: What’s the Deal with Baselines?

Authored by: Allan Zieser, STLE, CLS   The lubricant world is like any other world in which we are involved, we sometimes overlook the basics. One of the key aspects many people overlook in their lubricants is the baseline. Like in life, we...

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Shop Cleanliness and Organization: A Step in the Right Direction

Authored by: Allan Zieser, STLE, CLS Over the years, the Ottsen team and I have visited many plants and facilities. One of the most common problems we find is poor lubricant management and organization. Cleaning up your shop and organizing your...

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