Using lubricant analysis to monitor condition and diagnose faults in machinery has become a key activity in predictive maintenance programs for most industries. Other non-intrusive technologies including thermography, vibration analysis, acoustic emission, and motor current analysis are used as complementary condition analysis tools. Those in the manufacturing industry who have diligently and consistently applied these techniques have experienced a return on investment far exceeding their expectations. However, the effectiveness of these programs depends on the capabilities of individuals who perform the measurements and analyze the data.
This training curriculum is drafted following ISO 18436-4 that defines the requirements for training and certification of field lubricant specialists who monitor machine condition and identify and recommend the correction of machine faults.
This part of ISO 18436-4 covers a three-category certification programme that is based on the technical areas delineated herein. It is intended that a subsequent part of this curriculum will cover the training and certification requirements for laboratory-based technicians and analysts.
- Ihsan F. Nasution
- Asbari SSi