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Level I Machinery Lubrication Technician

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Course Overview

The purpose for the Level I Machine Lubrication Technician (MLT) certification is to verify that technicians practicing in the field of machinery lubrication, as it is applied to machinery condition monitoring and maintenance, are qualified to perform the following tasks:
→ Manage lubricant delivery, storage and dispensation;
→ Manage a route for machinery relubrication and/or inspection;
→ Properly change and/or top the oil in mechanical equipment found in common industrial sites;
→ Use simple techniques to select lubricants with the proper base oil and additive system for machinery commonly found in industrial settings;
→ Use simple techniques to select grease lubricants appropriate for machines commonly found in industrial settings;
→ Use simple techniques to select grease application methods (including automated delivery) that are least intrusive and most effective for machines commonly found in industrial settings;
→ Use simple techniques to estimate regrease volume and interval for machines commonly operated in industrial settings;
→ Properly maintain automatic lubrication systems (auto-grease, mist systems, etc.);
→ Employ basic oil analysis techniques to identify and troubleshoot abnormal lubricant degradation conditions, and use simple techniques to adjust the lubricant specification accordingly.

Key Takeaways

Manage re-lubrication and inspection routes for efficient machinery maintenance.
Execute proper oil changes and top-offs in industrial equipment.
Employ basic oil analysis techniques for troubleshooting lubricant degradation.
Maintain automatic lubrication systems effectively across various machinery setups.
Select appropriate lubricants based on base oil and additives for machinery.

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Lubrication and Oil Analysis Standards Development Support. Activities are under way at ISO and ASTM to develop used oil analysis standards. There is a clear need for additional standards in the areas of lubricant selection and application, contamination control, etc. ICML will serve as a rallying point for machinery lubrication practitioners to speak with a common voice by supporting the development of lubrication-related standards and guides, including the support of efforts at ASTM, ISO and other organizations. With ISOs expected adoption of QS 9000 in place of the existing ISO 9000 standard, more rigor will be demanded to assure quality control over every aspect of running a plant, mine, mill or construction site, including lubrication functions. ICML plays an important role in supporting these activities.

Course Outline

Day 1: Fundamentals of Machinery Lubrication and Maintenance
Maintenance Strategies

•Why machines fail
•The impact of poor maintenance on company profits
•The role of effective lubrication in failure avoidance.

Lubrication Theory

•Fundamentals of tribology
•Functions of a lubricant
•Hydrodynamic lubrication (sliding friction)
•Elasto-hydrodynamic lubrication (rolling friction)
•Mixed-film lubrication

Day 2: Lubricant Fundamentals and Selection

•Additives and their functions
•Oil lubricant physical, chemical and performance properties and classifications.
•Grease lubrication
•How grease is made
•Thickener types
•Thickener compatibility
•Grease lubricant physical, chemical and performance properties and classifications.

Lubricant Selection

•Viscosity selection
•Base-oil type selection
•Additive system selection
•Machine specific lubricant requirements
•Hydraulic systems
•Rolling element bearings
•Journal bearings
•Reciprocating engines
•Gearing and gearboxes
•Application and environment related adjustments.

Day 3: Lubrication Practices and Maintenance Strategies
Lubricant Application

•Basic calculations for determining required lubricant volume.
Basic calculations to determine re-lube and change frequencies.
•When to select oil; when to select grease.
•Effective use of manual delivery techniques.
•Automatic delivery systems.
•Automated deliver options.
•Automated grease systems
•Oil mist systems
•Drip and wick lubricators
•Deciding when to employ automated lubricators.
•Maintenance of automated lubrication systems.

Preventive and Predictive Maintenance

•Lube routes and scheduling
•Oil analysis and technologies to assure lubrication effectiveness.
•Equipment tagging and identification.

Day 4: Lubricant Management and Condition Monitoring
Lubricant Condition Control

•Filtration and separation technologies.
•Filter rating.
•Filtration system design and filter selection.

Lubricant Storage and Management

•Lubricant receiving procedures. 
•Proper storage and inventory management.
•Lube storage containers
•Proper storage of grease-guns and other lube application devices.
•Maintenance of automatic grease systems.
•Health and safety assurance.

Day 5: Exam
MLT-I Exam

•3 Hours, 100 questions, multiple choice. No reference materials allowed.

Who Should Attend?

This highly practical and interactive course has been specifically designed for

Maintenance Technicians

Reliability Engineers

Lubrication Technicians

Plant Managers

Mechanical Engineers

Maintenance Supervisors

Operations Managers

Quality Control Professionals

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