Thursday, 17 January 2019 10:17

Lube Tip 12: These additives don’t exist - Part 4

Part 4 of 4 OVER-GREASING ELIXIR One of the most common root causes of rolling-element bearing failure is over-greasing. This practice damages seals and shields, and causes uncontrolled heat excursions that accelerate wear and lubricant degradation. No additive has the capacity to work as a magic elixir under such distressful…
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 12:11

Transnet Training

A group of Transnet employees recently underwent oil analysis training at WearCheck’s Pinetown office. The training course was conducted by WearCheck training consultant Jan Backer (back row, third from right).
Sunday, 30 December 2018 14:09

Lube Tip 12: These additives don’t exist - Part 3

Part 3 of 4 VARNISH AND SLUDGE PACIFIER Varnish and sludge are produced via many oil degradation pathways. Once they get infused into the oil and deposit on machine surfaces, there is no easy solution to eradicate their presence short of an oil change and flush. Additives may help slow…
Sunday, 30 December 2018 13:48

WearCheck India team earns 17025 certification

WearCheck’s branch in Chennai, India, recently underwent a stringent annual inspection for their ISO 17025 recertification assessment and passed - with flying colours. An on-site evaluation was conducted by an external quality consultant, who spent two full days checking everything from record maintenance to test capabilities and everything in between.…
Sunday, 30 December 2018 13:44

Engine attention

Diagnostician Quinton Verster was invited by Cummins to present the benefits of condition monitoring to a group of matric pupils as part of their recent work experience programme. Specialist engine manufacturers Cummins have been customers of WearCheck for many years. Keeping the engines running smoothly with only planned maintenance and…
Friday, 21 December 2018 17:42

Monitor 78 hits the streets

Limits vs. Trends – this topic is discussed in detail by our diagnostic manager John Evans in the latest issue of WearCheck’s Monitor newsletter. You will also find news of the customer survey lucky draw winner, and stories on WearCheck’s lab opening times over the festive season, 2019 training course…
Friday, 21 December 2018 17:38

Christmas Cheer

For many years, WearCheck has supported the children of St Vincent’s orphanage in Mariannhill with a range of different CSI projects, and this year was no different. The children were given a delicious snack pack each, and various items were donated, including much-needed school shoes. Money for the project was…
Friday, 21 December 2018 17:34

Lube Tip 12: These additives don’t exist - Part 2

Part 2 of 4 WRONG-OIL FORGIVER Lubricants and their additives do not automatically adjust to the environs and needs of the machines within which they are placed. There are thousands of different lubricant formulations on the market for a reason. They are not alike, and they don’t perform alike and,…
Friday, 21 December 2018 17:31

Labs open over Christmas

Please note that WearCheck is dedicated to being available all year, therefore some of our laboratories will remain open during the festive season in order to process samples. Please note the operating days and times of your nearest laboratory. Pinetown laboratory 22nd December - 8am – 12pm 24th December -…
Wednesday, 12 December 2018 09:15

WearCheck now a level 2 BBBEE company

We are proud to announce that WearCheck was recently rated as a Level 2 BBBEE contributor, placing the company firmly on track as a robust participant in South Africa’s economic development. The BBBEE scorecard system provides a measure of an organisation’s commitment to transformation. Here, WearCheck sales developer Kay Meyrick…
Tuesday, 04 December 2018 13:34

Lube Tip 12: These additives don't exist - Part 1

I’m afraid I have some bad news . . . and no, it’s not about the economy. It’s about what I often call “imaginary additives”. These are the additives that seem to exist in the minds of many lubrication practitioners but don’t exist in the physical world of lubrication reality.…
Wednesday, 28 November 2018 07:13

Condition-based monitoring of tap changers

The role played by on-load tap changers (OLTCs) in power generation is a critical one, which requires that they perform at their peak output during operation and unscheduled failure is avoided at all costs. Regular maintenance coupled with condition monitoring such as oil analysis is now recognised as essential to…