Technology Committees

Lubrication & Hydraulics Technology Committee Activities

►Past Activities
Dave Lunceford (right) presented the LHTC service plaque
to Jim Sidow (left).

The LHTC met 17 May 2016, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Salvatore Rea, Chemtura

  • Vice chair: Dave Lunceford, Steel Dynamics Inc. – Flat Roll Group Butler

  • Papers chair: Mrinal Manapatro, Pall Corp.

  • Lubrication Engineers Manual chair: Walt Kusnier, Messinger Bearings

  • Membership chair: Nick Borland, EVRAZ Portland

  • Specialty Conference chair: Walt Kusnier, Messinger Bearings

Jim Sidow (right), LHTC chair, presented Oscar Ferut (left) with a plaque of appreciation for hosting the LHTC’s tour of AM/NS Calvert LLC.

The LHTC met 16–17 February 2016, Mobile, Ala., USA. The meeting began with a morning tour of AM/NS Calvert LLC. Darren Robertson, manager quality assurance, welcomed the group and gave an overview presentation of the plant. Oscar Ferut, lubrication engineer, then took the group on a tour of the hot mill. The LHTC invited guests from AM/NS Calvert LLC to attend their meeting and listen to technical presentations.
The following technical presentations were given:

  • “Properties of PAOs,” by John Schlobohm, American Chemical Technologies Inc.

  • “History of Castrol,” by John Haspert, Castrol.

  • “Intro to Greases and Properties,” by Collin White, Fuchs Lubricants Co.

  • “Tracking Bearing Failures to Determine Developing a Better Lube Program,” by John Kurosky of Blue Star Lubricants.

  • “Chemtura Products and the Importance of Additives,” by Salvatore Rea of Chemtura/Anderol.

  • “Working With the DropsA Website to Select a Lube System,” by Jason Craft of DropsA USA.

The LHTC reviewed its technical session for AISTech 2016. Papers chair and session chair roles were also discussed.
LHTC officers were nominated for the 2016–2017 term.
The 5th edition of the Lubrication Engineer’s Manual is in progress. The manual subcommittee met at AIST headquarters on 5–6 April 2016 in order to work with AIST’s editorial staff to develop a production schedule. 

The LHTC met 5 May 2015, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
The following officers were elected:

  • Chair — Jim Sidow, Fuchs Lubricants Co.

  • Vice chair — Salvatore Rea, Chemtura

  • Papers co-chairs — Mrinal Mahapatro, Pall Corp., and Lance Penick, Butech Bliss

  • Membership chair — Nick Borland, EVRAZ Portland

Meeting Highlights:
A status update was given on the revision of the Lubrication Engineers Manual. There is a subcommittee, chaired by Walt Kusnier, involved in this effort. The target date for copies of the next edition being available is at AISTech 2016.
A suggestion was made to schedule future LHTC meetings in conjunction with other AIST  events, such as other Technology Training Conferences, Member Chapter meetings, etc., and would include a tour or other similar event. The 2016 Maintenance Solutions  Technology Training Conference is planned for Scottsdale, Ariz., USA,  in conjunction with the 2016 AIST Leadership Conference and AIST Southwest Member Chapter meeting. CMC Steel Arizona will serve as host plant.

The LHTC met  16–17 February 2015, Fontana, Calif., USA. The technical session structure for AISTech 2015 was reviewed. Two sessions are scheduled: Tuesday at 10 a.m. with four papers and a joint session with the Maintenance & Reliability Technology Committee (MRTC) on Tuesday at 2 p.m., with six papers.
Nominations for committee officers for the 2015–2016 term were confirmed and will be announced at AISTech 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
The LHTC discussed its upcoming specialty training conference, which will be held with the MRTC at The Westin Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Ind., USA, on 20–23 September 2015. A preliminary schedule was reviewed, which included topics and presenters. The group also discussed future specialty training conferences and their possible formats and modes of presentation.
A subcommittee for re-write of the Lubrication Engineers Manual was formed.
A technical presentation was given by Salvatore Rea, Anderol Specialty Lubricants, entitled “Performance Comparison of Different Non-Aqueous Hydraulic Fluids.” The presentation compared different fluid properties, with an emphasis on fire resistance, of five different non-aqueous hydraulic fluid chemistries — phosphate ester, polyol ester, PAO/diester, polyalkylene glycol and mineral oil. 

The LHTC met 13–14 January 2014, Gilbert, Ariz., USAThe LHTC worked on its AISTech 2014 technical paper sessions. Session chairs updated the group on their collaboration with the authors and the status of presentations. The roles of papers chair and session chair were reviewed with the group.
The LHTC reviewed the program for Maintenance Solutions — A Practical Training Seminar, as well as the survey being sent to producers to gather input on topic ideas for this specialty training conference.
Walt Kusnier, Messinger Bearings, volunteered to create a subcommittee to review the current version of The 
Lubrication Engineers Manual and work with the LHTC to rewrite and add sections that are needed. Any LHTC member interested in participating in this effort should contact Walt Kusnier.
The LHTC was given a tour of CMC Steel Arizona. 

The LHTM met 22 September 2013, Greenville, S.C., USA. The meeting focused on the selection of abstracts and sessions for AISTech 2014.
Planning for next year’s specialty conference began. The LHTC wants to increase the number of sessions presented at the conference and add more hydraulic content.
Future meeting topics were discussed. In addition, several locations and times for the next meeting were proposed, which will likely include a plant tour.