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Contamination control is one of the greatest opportunity for gains in the average lube program. Significant gains in machinery reliability can be made with minimal investments. Your program's effectiveness can be measured through the following metrics:

• Maintenance of targeted ISO cleanliness codes
• Reduction in moisture levels (% or ppm) measured by Karl Fischer titration or other oil analysis tests
• Lubricant life extension, extended drain intervals
• Extension of MTBF (mean time between failures), decreased unscheduled downtime
• Cost savings (e.g. reduced component repair, decreased oil disposal expense, decreased oil purchases/machine or part produced)

There is an inverse relationship between lubrication quality and maintenance costs. Financial gains can be made by implementing procedures which maximize lubrication effectiveness. Calculating these gains and their positive impact to the bottom line helps make the case for contamination control to your company.

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To read the rest of the white paper, Making the Case for Contamination Control, including a simple to follow worksheet to help you determine the savings potential of solid reliability practices, visit

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