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MAINTENANCE STRATEGIES

Change Your

Lubrication Mindset
Achieving desired goals requires an honest assessment of the status quo.

Jane Alexander, Managing Editor
WHILE PHYSICIANS CAN diagnose health issues and
recommend appropriate treatments, patients can often help
themselves get better by changing some of their personal
habits and/or lifestyle choices. Mike Gauthier of Trico Corp.
(tricocorp.com, Pewaukee, WI) stated that the same holds
true with equipment-lubrication issues. As he put it, most
industrial operations "could gain a gold mine of benefits"
through better management of lubricants and lubrication
practices associated with critical equipment. "But only if
they really want to change."
According to Gauthier, if your plant is like countless
others, with thousands of lubrication points spread out
across multiple areas, the idea of changing its lubrication
mindset, including simply getting started, might seem
daunting. If that describes your situation, Gauthier suggests
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taking a graduated approach based, in large part, on an
understanding of your organization's current lubrication
practices. He offers several tips for moving forward with this
approach, along with sample questions from a 13-page selfassessment form that could help facilitate needed changes.

A graduated approach
"Sometimes," Gauthier explained, "sites look at reliability
programs on a scale of 1 to 10, and then fail to put a
program in place because they could only hope to reach a
5." The good news, he said, is that personnel don't have to
solve everything at once. Moreover, not every plant needs to
achieve world-class status to realize a bottom-line boost in
reliability.
A graduated approach can be a better option. It begins
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Maintenance Technology July 2017

Editorial
Uptime
On The Floor
Powering Auto Production
Following The North Star
Flying Inspections
Untangle Compressed Air Misconceptions
Change Your Lubrication Mindset
HMI-Design Essentials For Today's SCADA Systems
SAP: Tips and Tricks
Cybersecurity Best Practices
Bearing Storage
Interpreting IP Code
Noisy Pumps
Move From Time- to Condition-Based Lubrication
CMMS Energizes Maintenance Efforts
Products
Ad Index
Showcase
Final Thought
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - 1
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Cover1
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Cover2
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Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Editorial
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Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Uptime
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Maintenance Technology July 2017 - On The Floor
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Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Powering Auto Production
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Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Following The North Star
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Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Flying Inspections
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Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Untangle Compressed Air Misconceptions
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Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Change Your Lubrication Mindset
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Maintenance Technology July 2017 - HMI-Design Essentials For Today's SCADA Systems
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Maintenance Technology July 2017 - 29
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - SAP: Tips and Tricks
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Cybersecurity Best Practices
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Bearing Storage
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Interpreting IP Code
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Noisy Pumps
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Move From Time- to Condition-Based Lubrication
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Maintenance Technology July 2017 - 37
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Maintenance Technology July 2017 - CMMS Energizes Maintenance Efforts
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Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Products
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Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Ad Index
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Showcase
Maintenance Technology July 2017 - Final Thought
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