The Reliability Files
EP Editorial Staff | October 11, 2011
This month’s reliability files includes information from Agilent Technologies and Royal Purple.
Fewer Worries/More Benefits With This New Generation Of Smart Meters
Workloads continue to increase. Why shouldn’t tools be expected to do more? That includes your trusty multimeter, which should allow you to carry fewer tools and still get the job done faster and better.
Agilent Technologies—the world’s premier measurement company—has brought that type of tool to market specifically for you: The U1233A Handheld Digital Multimeter.
Consider the potential benefits you’ll be able to reap if you purchase a U1233A today. How much are they worth to you in terms of time and resources?
Less worry over unplanned replacements. The mechanical design of the U1233A’s flexible protective holster makes sure that you can drop this meter multiple times from any work site location with very little chance of damage. The hammerhead body shape helps provide an easy grip, even for gloved hands. The bright orange color makes sure that the tool is not left behind accidentally. All these design elements are key to ensuring a full service life.
No flashlight to carry. The U1233A has an LED flashlight built in, aiming at the exact location where you would want to put your test leads. Saves you money, time and effort.
No need for pencil and paper. Up to 10 independent readings can be stored and recalled at will in your U1233A. There’s no need to carry pencil and paper to write down readings as you go about your routine.
No need for a voltage sensor. A non-contact voltage sensor allows easy checking of live voltage without direct access through the protective insulation. Most operators carry one in addition to their handheld meters. Such a sensor is already built into the U1233A.
No need for an analog meter. The induced “ghost” voltage indicated by sensitive digital multimeters can be confusing to operators. In the past, to safely disprove its presence, an operator would have to use an analog meter. The low input impedance loads down the induced voltage and the mystery is solved. Now, with the U1233A, an operator just switches to ZLOW and the device performs the same test as an analog meter.
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No wasted calibration. When an operator accidentally puts live voltage on the current function, the U1233A is protected with a high-energy fuse. Moreover, this fuse is easily accessible from the battery compartment. There’s no need to invalidate your calibration sticker by opening the case to access fuses on the circuit board, as found in many common meters.
Less calibration cost. The U1233A, like all the handheld meters from Agilent, uses a closed-case calibration scheme. It is the most advanced, cost-efficient way to calibrate, eliminating most of the repetitive, unnecessary labor costs.
No need to double-team. In the past, you may have needed a working partner to read the meter and relay that information back to you on a walkie-talkie. With the new Bluetooth adaptor accessory, you can easily read your Agilent U1233A from 10 meters away. Soon, you can add this to any of your Agilent meters.
Return On Investment
The new generation of meters from Agilent is smarter and better thought-out than what you may have been using up until now. They address many of the inconveniences that plague maintenance professionals. With these state-of-the-art tools, maintenance is becoming much more efficient and productive.
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Lubricants Are Not Commodities: Making The Case For Superior Lubrication
Lubricant performance can vary greatly between competing mineral-based and synthetic oils. Because these quality differences directly and significantly impact the ultimate cost of operating and maintaining rotating equipment, your lubricant purchases can’t be managed the same way your organization manages its purchasing of commodity-type products. Lubricant excellence must always be the top priority, for even the most effective lubricant-management practices can’t impart properties to a lubricant that it doesn’t possess.
The primary job of a lubricant is to reduce friction and protect lubricated components. (Those reflect, respectively, energy- and wear-related issues.). Most rotating equipment repairs are due to the failure of lubricated components, mainly bearings. Therefore, it makes perfect sense that truly superior lubrication will deliver both energy and maintenance savings. That’s where Royal Purple comes in.
Return On Investment
Royal Purple lubricants consistently deliver a higher level of performance across a broader group of equipment than other industrial oils. The cost reductions achieved with these lubricants consistently exceed the total cost of the product, often within a few weeks. A number of real-world case examples back up these statements—based on actual data from paper mills, food processing facilities, refineries, chemical plants and more. They’re available for your review here. These success stories have been categorized by the primary benefit reported from using Royal Purple products: energy savings, maintenance savings or improved production. In these cases, Royal Purple lubricants replaced major brand products that met all of the equipment manufacturer’s requirements. In multiple examples, Royal Purple replaced another synthetic oil.
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In most of the studies, the equipment involved didn’t suffer from mechanical defects, nor did it lack proper maintenance. The improved performance resulted because Royal Purple lubricants were able to mitigate effects of the con-ditions in which the equipment was required to operate. All of the energy studies are inclusive of every piece of machinery selected for evaluation so as to be representative of what might be expected across a broad population of equipment.
But don’t just take our word for it. Royal Purple encourages you to make an informed decision based on actual results in your own machinery. Ask your maintenance and operations departments to select equipment for an evaluation of what Royal Purple lubricants can do for you. To learn more, visit us at www.royalpurple.com.
REMEMBER: Most initiatives intended to reduce maintenance costs and improve rotating equipment reliability are very time- and people-intensive. Royal Purple offers substantial improvements and cost savings by simply replacing a product you already buy and use. It doesn’t get any easier than this.