Machine condition monitoring for pulp & paper - Pulp & Paper

Machine condition monitoring based on oil analysis has become an important, if not mandatory, maintenance practice for pulp and paper companies. An effective oil analysis program will keep important manufacturing assets such as pumps, gears, bearings, compressors, engines, hydraulic systems and other oil-wetted machinery in operation by reducing unexpected failures and costly unscheduled downtime.

For pulp and paper companies the drying roll is at the heart of production and downtime can cost many thousands of dollars an hour for larger facilities. Consequently the oil-wetted machinery, in a paper rolling machine, consisting primarily of gears and bearings is of critical importance.

The heavy loads, high speeds and dirty, wet conditions make pulp and paper production a tough environment for any machine. Lubrication oil provides a thin layer of protection between moving metal parts. This layer is often on a few microns thick, so maintaining oil cleanliness is paramount. Water, dirt, sawdust and metal particles can interfere with that microlayer of lubrication oil and damage or destroy your valuable equipment.

Consistent and frequent oil analysis is the best defense against failures and costly downtime. Not only can oil analysis prevent failures, it can also let you know that it's safe to extend the lifetime of your oil, saving considerable money on new oil, labor, filters and disposal of lubrication oil.