May 2004

Special Report: Maintenance/Reliability

Reduce both energy and maintenance costs

Here's how synthetic lubricants can achieve these goals

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Realizing energy cost savings while, at the same time, spending less money on equipment repair and maintenance is possible. However, you may have heard similar claims and be inclined to disbelieve promises that sound too good to be true. But in the case of certain synthetic lubricants, these claims are proven by two or three decades of solid implementation experience. Why important? Before we show how leading reliability-focused plants have been eminently successful in reducing both energy consumption and maintenance costs, two points must be made. First, a well-researched paper1 indicated that a readily available synthetic lubricant, having a viscosity of 32 cSt at a temperat

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