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Mike Gauthier

Notes from the Field
Mike works closely with plants across North America to help them improve asset reliability.
December 03, 2019 / by Mike Gauthier

It’s Time to Clean Up Your Lubricant Storage Act

With everything else on your mind, you may not spend much time worrying about how and where you store equipment lubricants. But really, you should. Storing your lubricants properly is just as important as effectively maintaining any critical asset in your plant.

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November 19, 2019 / by Mike Gauthier

Don’t Assume New Oil Is Good

The unfortunate reality is that new oil often arrives in questionable condition. Out of 1,000 recent new oil samples we tested in our lab, 45% rated marginal or critical in terms of water or particulate contamination.

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October 29, 2019 / by Mike Gauthier

How to Protect the Hard-to-Reach Cooling Tower Gearbox

When Trico recently reviewed analysis findings from 3,000 gearbox oil samples, we found that as much as 75% of them were over the acceptable cleanliness standards.

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October 15, 2019 / by Mike Gauthier

Application Spotlight: Protecting Boiler Feedwater Pumps

Boiler feedwater pumps need to “breathe,” equalizing pressure when air expands and contracts due to temperature fluctuations or startup/shutdown situations. This breathing allows ingression of moisture and particulates.

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