Optimizing Lubrication Effectiveness with Ultrasonic Monitoring Part 1

Ultrasonic energy measurement can be a highly useful tool to optimize bearing lubrication volumes and intervals. It is vitally important to have repeatable data-collection methods defined that include collection of the data from the correct physical location on the bearing or machine component. Physical modification to existing guards may be needed to assure correct results. There is no clear and simple corollary between frequency and pattern recognition from broadbased vibration analysis practices and ultrasonic energy programs, but with a well-defined program and a proper data-collection technique in place, a step-by-step routine can be followed that provides the lubrication technician with a best possible replenishment routine.

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