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Six Signs Your Acoustic Lubrication Program is on Track

Allan Rienstra | International Business Development, SDT International

Poor lubrication practices account for as much as 40% of all premature bearing failures. When ultrasound is utilized to assess lubrication needs and schedule grease replenishment intervals, that number drops below 10%. What would 30% fewer bearing related failures mean for your organization?

1. A Change in the Quantity of Grease Consumed

Maintenance departments should track grease consumption to monitor and control costs. Root Cause Analysis on failed bearings points to over-greasing as the leading contributor. Bad procedures lead to bearings routinely receiving more grease than they’re designed to handle.

Reduction in grease consumption is a sure sign that your lubrication program is on the right track.

2. Fewer Lube Related Failures

Optimized greasing programs experience fewer lube-related failures. Additionally, with ultrasound you find many non-trendable defects. For example, broken or blocked grease pipes and incorrectly fitted grease paths that prevent grease from reaching the bearing.

3. Optimized MRO Spares Management

Your new and improved lubrication program is delivering wins; better control of grease consumption, fewer failures, and more productivity for maintenance. Use this time to study trends and better manage your storeroom.

4. Increased Number of Machines Monitored

One benefit of an effective lubrication program is time.

  • Time allotted to monitoring machines instead of fixing them.
  • Time allotted to correctly assessing the real needs for lubrication.
  • Time to look at the big picture.

5. Save Time Combine Acoustic Lubrication and Condition Monitoring

You worked hard for these results. It’s time to use your data for more than just lubrication.

Acoustic lubrication is the proven method to ensure precise bearing lubrication. New technology from SDT, LUBExpert, combines the power of onboard lubrication guidance with Four Condition Indicators for bearing condition assessment.

6. Inspector Confidence at an All-Time High

Reliable machines are the product of an effective lubrication program. You have:

  • Managed grease consumption
  • Fewer grease related bearing failures
  • Optimized MRO spares
  • More machines under watch
  • Increased data collection intervals

The power of adding ultrasound to your greasing program delivers win after win for reliability. Reliability breeds confidence. More confident inspectors make better decisions and infect a positive culture throughout the organization.



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About the Author

Allan Rienstra International Business Development, SDT International

Allan Rienstra is the director of business development for SDT International, a Brussels based manufacture of ultrasound solutions comprised of hardware, software, training, and consulting. A 27-year commitment to ultrasound applications has seen Rienstra play a leading role in the deployment of ultrasound-based solutions in 5 continents. He is the co-author of “Hear More, A Guide to Using Ultrasound for Leak Detection and Condition Monitoring.”

Rienstra lives in Cobourg, Ontario, Canada with his wife and two sons. For more information please visit