Understanding Lubrication Failures and Failure Mechanisms

Ed Duda | Technical Consultant, Des-Case
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Lubrication is vital to maintenance and reliability. Lubrication done right can alter the path of how asset reliability is managed. Understanding lubrication maintenance strategies and lubrication failure modes will allow key personnel to eliminate root causes to achieve operational KPI’s. Solutions coupled with education can support initiatives to overcome lubrication challenges within the plant.


  1. Lubricant analysis is one of the first indications of failur
  2. Proper failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA) can provide insight into how to eliminate high risk failures
  3. Sensor technology can support real-time monitoring to overcome failure modes identified



Ed Duda is Technical Consultant for Des-Case Corporation, Goodlettsville (Nashville), TN. Prior to joining Des-Case, Ed was a Process Engineer for Freeport-McMoRan Inc. Ed has worked in several roles including plant leadership focused on operational excellence. Ed holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Michigan Technological University, and is a certified maintenance and reliability professional (CMRP) from SMRP (Society for Maintenance and reliability professionals).
Ed’s Core Expertise:
• Lubrication program design
• Lubrication implementation strategy
• Asset modification planning and design
• Lubrication assessments
• Lubrication training

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