Grease lubrication and condition monitoring with grease analysis

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Basis-Training (3 days)
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OilDoc GmbH
Kerschelweg 29
83093 Brannenburg

Target Group

  • Skilled employees and executives from operations and maintenance
  • Technical employees from construction, service and sales of bearings and machine Producers and their service partners
  • Sales engineers and sales personel of lubricant producers and their sales partners
  • Specialists and service staff working in the area of lubrication sites and lubricaction equipment
  • Technical buyers of lubricants and operating fluids
  • Authorized experts for failure analysis and machine breakdown
  • Technically interested employees who want to extend their knowledge in the areas lubrication techniques and tribology


  • Correct selection of optimal greases for an economic and reliable site operation
  • Get to know the impact of grease types and grease quality for regreasing intervals
  • Extraction of meaningful grease samples
  • Extension of regreasing intervals
  • Criteria for the usage of greases in central lubricating systems and lubrication equipment
  • Grease analysis in pro-active maintenance
  • Evaluation of analysis results
  • Warning values for the assessment of machine damages and grease condition
  • Early recognition of unusual wearout and failures
  • Investigation of cause of damage after malfunction

3-days basis-training

Lubrication, Friction and Wear

  • Lubrication and Formation of lubricating film
  • Hydrodynamic and hydrostatic lubrication
  • Importance of viscosity and temperature
  • Wear mechanisms and their causes

Fundamentals of lubricants

  • Mineral oils, partially synthetic and synthetic oils in comparison
  • Charactersitics and areas of application of Mineral oils, hydrocrack, PAO, Ester oils and polyglycols, especially in the area of greases
  • Types, active principle and application of lubricants addtives
  • Grease thickener: Soap based and soap-free thickener, characteristic and important applications of particular thickener
  • Miscibility and compatibilty of greases (basic oils, thickener, additives)

Application of greases

  • Grease lubrication of rolling bearings
     Approach and criteria for selection of grease
     Base oil viscosity and lubrication conditions
     Thickener and consistency class
     Normed grease types and their areas of application
     Grease usage duration: Relubrication terms and amount
     Constructive hints for relubrication
     Approach for changes of grease types
     Special requirements in the food and animal feed industry
     Ecological relevance of greases
  • Characteristics of greases
     Penetration and consistency class, workstability
     Base oil viscosity and viscosity-temperature-behaviour
     Characteristics for assessment of wear protection features
     Grease checking machines like VKA, Timken, SRV, FE-8, FE-9
     DN-value (dm n-value), shear viscosity
     Dispensability, flow pressure, breakaway torque
     Deep temperature charateristics 
     Bleeding of grease behaviour 
  • Lubrication equipment
     Manual, half-automatic and automatic lubrication
     Monitoring of relubrication
     Lubricant box
     Central lubrication systems
  • Operational changes of greases
     Aeging process of greases
     Transformations of base oils: oxidation, hydrolysis, cracking
     Reduction/consumption of additives
     Bleeding of greases
     Transformations of thickeners
     Varnish: Water, dust, external greases, external oils
     Condition Monitoring of grease lubricated components
  • Grease analysis 
     Why, when, how, how often, how many?
     Methods and devices for sampling
     Required data, grease sampling datasheet 
     Online portal: lab report, data entry, enquiries
     Data migration into a maintenance program
  • Analysis techniques for greases
     Identification of wear metals, PQ-Index
     Findings from FTIR-spectroscopy
     Varnish: water, dust, bleeding, harden, macerate

Evaluation and interpretation of lab reports

  • Define warning and limit values
  • Recognize known grease types on lab reports
  • Interpretation of real lab reports
  • Damage analysis: complexity and pattern recognition
  • Recognition of environmental conditions
  • Consider custom-designed specifications
  • Group work, exercises with uncommented lab reports
  • Handling of typical external and internal requests

Additional analysis methods

  • Differences of routine analysis and specific analysis
  • Determination of special analysis extent by various examples
  • Flow pressure, bleeding, oil separation
  • Extraction of base oil and following analysis
  • Grease thickenerl, sulfate ash
  • VKA, SRV-Test

5% discount for more than 3 registrations

Services included:

  • Participation in training
  • Hot lunch on all days
  • Coffee/tea and snacks during breaks
  • Non-alcoholic beverages during training
  • Detailed training material, printed and on USB Memory stick
  • Certificate of participation
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