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VOICE FROM THE FIELD

Scott's Top 5 Tips
1. Never assume anything in lubricant-related matters.
Many names and procedures are very similar.
2. Always look for opportunities to increase your knowledge.
3. If you don't know the answer to something,
don't be afraid to ask someone who does.
4. Align yourself with a trusted and knowledgeable
lubricant and lubricating-services provider.
5. Install or maintain a Total Lubrication Program and stick with it.

kind of metal is being manipulated or type
of operation being performed. "You have to
use the correct balance of those additives to
give you an optimum performing product,"
he said. "I rely heavily on my additive
manufacturers to give me guidance. When
I have special projects, I consult with them.
I design a product in the lab and then
collaborate with my suppliers to get their
opinion on whether they think it will work
or not. Fortunately they agree with me
most of the time! The formulating depends
a lot on what the application is. You have

APRIL 2017

Scott Arrington relies on three
decades of experience to
carefully analyze oil samples to
improve reliability for G&G Oil
Company customers.

a pool of additives and base oils that you
know about. It's just trying to blend them
together correctly to give you the bestperforming product for the customer."

Finding inspiration
Learning and then hoarding information provides constant inspiration for
Arrington. As an example, he points to the
adage, "Give a man a fish and feed him for
a day. Teach a man to fish, and feed him
for life." It is advice he implements in his
own work, every day.

Arrington has been married to
Stephanie for 20 years and has two
teen-aged daughters, MiMi and Ellie.
He gives similar advice to his children.
"I'm sure they get tired of it," he said.
"I try to give them advice of the failures I
have had in the past-no matter how big
or how small-and remind them how
important it is to learn from them. I also
try to get them to look at the big picture. I
want them to see the repercussions of their
actions. It may seem like a small thing, but
it could be a big thing down the road. I try
to be a great representative of myself and
my family and my company. My children
are growing up in a different time with
different challenges and problems, but
we all need to learn from history and our
mistakes." MT
Michelle Segrest is a professional journalist
and specializes in the industrial processing
industries. If you know of a maintenance
and/or reliability expert who is making a
difference at their facility, send her an email
at michelle@navigatecontent.com.

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