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Understanding Particle Counting Methods

Understanding Particle Counting Methods Particle counting is considered by many to be one of the most important test for used oil analysis. Many problems can be quickly and easily identified by monitoring the number and size-distribution of particles in an oil sample. The ISO Code is the most common unit of reporting the number of…
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Deadly Progression

Deadly Progression Why foresight can be more important than hindsight I would like to suggest we think about foresight, and there is probably no better example to exemplify this than the story of Thomas Midgely, Jr. Considering the impact Midgely has on all our lives, it is rather amazing his name is not more well-known.…
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Three-Star Selection

Three-Star Selection What fueled hockey’s iconic postgame ritual? FOR 75 YEARS HOCKEY FANS have enjoyed a postgame ritual where the three best players in the contest are recognized. This tradition is called the Three-Star Selection, but not many know its origin. Its history traces back to a handshake agreement between Toronto Maple Leafs owner Conn…
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Testing Lubricants for Compatibility

Testing Lubricants for Compatibility TestOil offers lubricant compatibility analysis using ASTM D 7155 as the guideline for compatibility testing. If test results show signs of minor incompatibility you must evaluate the potential impact. Do the mixtures show a decreased ability to resist oxidation? Will this result in a shortened lubricant life and therefore increased cost…
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Toss Leads to Oil Boom

Toss leads to oil boom History begins with an empty whiskey bottle—and a simple act. Whiskey containers play more than one role in the history of North American oil production. Readers who recall my May 2010 column, “The Barrel’s Boozy Beginnings,” about how the whiskey barrel inadvertently led to the bbl standard of measure for…
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