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Reliability Radio: Interview with Paul Llewellyn | Reliabilityweb
Paul Llewellyn makes another appearance on Reliability Radio, this time at The Reliability Conference in Bellevue, Wash., and this time captured on video.

The future of lubricating greases in the electric vehicle area | TLT (PDF - 470KB)
John Sander, vice president of research and development at Lubrication Engineers, is quoted throughout this article.

Embracing the Rainbow: Grease colors can dramatically affect safety, efficiency and brand awareness | ILMA Compoundings (PDF – 1,345KB)
LE’s John Sander and Paul Grimes are quoted throughout this article (p. 28-32).

Equity Bank Series: Scott Schwindaman | Dose of Leadership Podcast
Richard Rierson interviews Scott Schwindaman, President & CEO of Lubrication Engineers. Schwindaman oversees a company that has more than 100 employees in the U.S. and a large network of independent consultants and distributors who sell LE products and services worldwide.

Lubrication moves up a gear | International Cement Review (PDF - 280KB)
LE consultant Kevin Chapin writes about the continuing benefits experienced by his customer - a cement plant in Pennsylvania - after switching to LE's Pyroshield Syn XHvy Open Gear Lubricant on its Finish Mill.

Proper Maintenance Program Ensures Optimal Diesel Engine Performance | Pacific Maritime (PDF - 2,088KB)
LE consultant Scott Irwin writes about the challenges faced by diesel equipment operators, particularly in marine operations, and explains the benefits of using cetane boosted fuel additives such as LE's Full Torque product.

Reliability Radio Ep. 154: Interview with Paul Llewellyn | Reliabilityweb
Paul Llewellyn, Asset Reliability Training and Education Manager at Lubrication Engineers, discusses proper lubrication processes and the positive impact this approach will have on improving your reliability program.

Lubricants can't be green ... can they? | Innovations in Food Processing & Packaging  (PDF - 1,077KB)
John Sander, vice president of research and development at Lubrication Engineers, explains how the lubrication industry can be environmentally friendly through responsibly planned purchasing, storage, use and disposal. He also challenges the limited regulatory view of green lubricants that fails to consider longer lubricant and component life, and decreased energy use.

Bearing Fruit in the Food-Grade Lubricants Market | Compoundings (PDF - 1,795KB)
John Sander and Darren Booth – both of LE – are quoted throughout this article about the challenge for food-grade lubricant manufacturers in addressing regulatory challenges while remaining cost-effective in the market.

Reliability Radio Ep. 029: Interview with Paul Llewellyn | Reliabilityweb
LE’s Paul Llewellyn talks all things reliability during this podcast recorded at The Reliability Conference in April 2018 in Las Vegas.

Curving Consumption | World Cement (PDF - 1,681KB)
Dom Peña of LE Philippines uses a case study from a CEMEX plant to show how LE’s open gear lubricants can reduce power consumption at cement plants.

Desiccant Breathers: Front Line Defense in War on Lubricant Contamination | Global Cement (PDF - 1,979KB)
With contamination a cause of premature machinery failure and diminished lubricant life, cement producers know that maintaining clean oil is one of the best investments they can make. Desiccant breathers can help as a front line defense in the ‘war’ on lubricant contamination.

Improving Oven Chain Lubrication | Uptime (PDF - 958KB)
Jeff Turner, executive vice president, writes about oven chain lubrication. Increased operational efficiencies can be achieved by selecting chain lubricants and methods of applying them that match the operating environments and failure modes of the chains. Several mini-case studies show that an application-specific chain lubricant designed to combat the deleterious effects of water, dust, heat, etc. can save a considerable amount of money.

Time to Retire the Grease Penetration Test? | Lubes'n'Greases EMEA - p. 14
This article is based on a report written by John Sander, LE's vice president of technology.

Providing Food-Grade Lubricants in a Global Marketplace | ILMA Compoundings Magazine - p. 14
John Sander, LE's vice president of technology, was interviewed for this article.

A Clear Choice | World Coal (PDF - 4,148)
Angus Macdonald, Lubrication Engineers International Ltd, UK, details ways enhanced open gear lubricants provide tangible benefits in heavy industry.

Can't We All Just Get Along? Melding the Worlds of Production and Reliability | Uptime (PDF - 2,145KB)
Paul Llewellyn, Lubrication Engineers Inc., explains that to have a world-class reliability-centered maintenance program, it is essential for the worlds of production and reliability to get along.

20 Minutes with Scott Leipprandt | TLT, p. 16-18(PDF - 301KB)
Make oil analysis part of a larger reliability program, urges LE's technical services manager.

Self-cleaning for multiple paybacks | International Cement Review, p. 69-70 (PDF - 251KB)
LE lubrication reliability consultant Kevin Chapin explains how the use of an unsuitable lubricant led to high gear temperatures and cement ingress in an Essroc cement plant in Nazareth, Penn. A change to LE's Pyroshield synthetic open gear lubricant led to a cleaner ball mill gear, reduced operating temps and avoided costly mill shutdowns.

Saving Energy: The Lubrication Factor/a> | World Coal< (PDF - 834KB)
John Sander, Lubrication Engineers, discusses frequently overlooked ways in which lubricants can be used to help lower energy consumption.

How a New Reliability Maintenance Program Delivered a 705% ROI | Uptime, p. 54-58 (PDF - 4,682KB)
LE's Clay Calk, department manager - Business Solutions, writes about how E. & J. Gallo Winery's spirits making plant achieved a tremendous return on investment after transitioning to a world-class reliability maintenance program using professional services and enhanced lubricants.

Lubricants for Wire Ropes – New Product Trends | Lube Magazine, p. 30-35 (PDF - 2,455KB)
LE's John Sander, vice president of technology, and Lou Honary, president, Environmental Lubricants Manufacturing, write about wire rope lubrication, including new legislative environmental guidelines that are driving users to give consideration to wire rope lubricants that not only lubricate and protect, but also are considerate to the environment.

Busting Ghost Particles; Are particle counting tests haunted by phantom results? | Lubes & Greases, p. 30-39
LE's John Sander, vice president of technology, writes about the problem of fluid that has just been filtered still appearing to contain particulates, as shown in particle evaluation tests.

Drives and Controls |International Mining, p. 65-66 (PDF - 2,690KB)
Large open gears in mining face challenging conditions, and open gear lubricants must be specially formulated to keep equipment operating at maximum efficiency. In the "Gear Lubrication Success" section of this article, read about how our distributor in South Africa successfully converted the girth gear on a customer's mill drive to LE's Pyroshield® Syn XHvy Open Gear Lubricant.

New Pack a Driving Force in Boosting Sales | Brand Packaging, p. 32 & 34 (PDF - 2,648KB)(
LE made changes to its product, packaging and sales channels, in part to secure its leadership with heavy duty on- and off-road equipment and also to expand sales in the truck and passenger car marketplace. The brand updated its diesel fuel improver formulation to improve the end-user experience and collaborated with TricorBraun Design & Innovation Group to develop new packaging with a strong shelf presence for this updated product – Full Torque – as well as for its full line of engine oils.

Energy Efficient Lubricants | Energy Efficiency B & I, p. 10-11 (PDF - 1,865KB)
John Hayes, LE sales consultant, and Angus Macdonald, director, LE International, write about the 21% energy reduction achieved at Miller Concrete Products in Pennsylvania after the company switched to LE's Duolec Vari-Purpose Gear Lubricant in its concrete mixer gearbox.

Hanging by a Thread; Wire Rope Lubes Help Assure Safe Operations | Lubes & Greases p. 22-26
LE's Jeff Turner, executive vice president, is quoted in this article about the proper lubrication and care of wire ropes in industrial use. LE's Low Tox lubricants are mentioned, as well as the Viper MK automatic lubricator.

The Mystery of Industrial Lubricants | IMPO Magazine
LE's Clay Calk and others give advice about the efficient management of industrial lubricants, including selection, storage and handling.

LE Company Profile | Gear Solutions What was originally founded by three salesman looking to provide a superior lubricant to the manufacturing industry has grown into a successful, wide-reaching business with customers and influence all over the world.

The Journey to Reliability Uncovers a 'Hidden Plant' Within the Walls | Uptime (PDF - 4,556KB)
Darren Booth, vice president of manufacturing operations, explains the process by which Lubrication Engineers improved its plant-wide reliability program in order to maximize uptime and positively impact the company's bottom line. LE was already very good at helping its customers improve lubrication reliability and mechanical uptime, but needed to walk the walk, not just talk the talk. Results of the seven-year project included significant labor and lubricant use reductions, adding up to thousands of dollars of savings per year.

Don't stop 'til you get enough | World Coal (PDF - 770KB)
Mark Barnes, Des-Case Corp., and Jim Pezoldt, Lubrication Engineers, US, explain that it is eminently possible to provide 50,000-hour off-highway diesel engine rebuilds.

9 Critical Steps for Successful RMP Implemention | IMPO (PDF - 61KB)
Clay Calk, department manager – National Strategic Accounts, provides the nine steps maintenance professionals need to take in order to successfully implement or upgrade their reliability maintenance program.

Keeping the cogs turning | Mining Magazine (PDF - 1,627KB)
Ever wondered what the difference is between oils and greases, what they do and how their selection affects machine performance? MM goes back to the basics in this article, which features quotes from LE representatives John Sander, Matthew Reiner, John Hayes and Angus Macdonald.

Turbine Lubrication: Combating Buildup and Improving Reliability | Power Engineering
This article about turbine lubrication includes advice from employees at a variety of lubricant companies, including LE&'s Wade Flemming, laboratory supervisor: Choosing the correct oil is an important first step in keeping your turbines working at peak performance.

A Modern Day History of Reliability and Industrial Lubrication | Compoundings (PDF - 3,060KB)
Scott Schwindaman, president and CEO, writes about the changes that have occurred in manufacturing in the past four and a half decades with regard to equipment lubrication. He encourages independent lubricant manufacturers to look at these changes to better understand the unique opportunity they have to provide the expertise and support their industrial customers need. By complementing the role of reliability engineers, companies like LE can help their customers move forward in reliability and profitability.

50,000 Hour Off Highway Diesel Engine Rebuilds: They are Possible! | Bakken Oil Business Journal
From dozers to graders and loaders to haul trucks, diesel engines are everywhere. For companies that rely on diesel power to make their living, there's no greater emphasis than diesel engine reliability. Read how LE's Jim Pezoldt helped a coal mining operation improve profitability by lowering maintenance costs and extending the life of its diesel engines.

Lubrication Best Practices | Milling Journal (PDF - 988KB)
This article is about lubrication best practices and contamination control, including the numerous products available to help improve plant efficiency and safety. It is based on a presentation by Chris Nowlen, LE lubrication consultant, Tullahoma, Tenn., at the 2012 International Association of Operative Millers Southeast District’s fall meeting and technical conference.

When Do Synthetic Lubricants Make Sense? | World Cement (PDF - 1,159KB)
John Sander, vice president of technology, defines synthetic lubricants and describes major types, including their general applications, benefits and disadvantages, in order to help alleviate some of the confusion for lubricant end users as they select lubricants for their equipment.

Playing the Numbers Game | World Cement (PDF - 4,967KB)
John Sander, vice president of technology, warns against basing the decision to purchase gear lubricants solely on price.

50,000 Hour Off-Highway Diesel Engine Rebuilds: They are possible! | Uptime (PDF - 3,613KB)
From dozers to graders and loaders to haul trucks, diesel enginesare everywhere. For companies that rely on diesel power to make their living, there's no greater emphasis than diesel engine reliability. Read how LE's Jim Pezoldt helped a coal mining operation improve profitability by lowering maintenance costs and extending the life of its diesel engines.

NICHE MASTER – Scott Schwindaman finds success staying true to specialized markets | Wichita Business Journal (PDF - 537KB)
If there's one thing that Scott Schwindaman knows, it's how to market a niche. As the president and CEO of Lubrication Engineers, he runs a company that provides high-end products designed for very specific uses by industrial customers.

Even I Can Understand That! Equipment Lubrication Made Simple | Uptime (PDF - 1,875KB)
During a roundtable discussion on lubrication best practices, Dave Piangerelli, owner of Lubrication Technologies, Inc. of West Springfield, Mass., mentioned that lubricating equipment was a difficult task. I made the mistake of asking, “What’s so difficult about lubricating equipment?”.

Shedding Light on Lubrication Viscosity | World Cement (PDF - 1,162KB)
John Sander contemplates the considerations, classifications and tests for lubrication viscosity.

Hidden benefits of lubricant consolidation | Innovations in Food Technology (PDF - 1,844KB)
Food processing plants have countless pieces of equipment operating to complete their production processes. A typical plant uses several different lubricants to reduce friction in this equipment and keep it running smoothly. However, most plants would see several benefits if they were to implement lubricant consolidation.

Lubrication – The Lifeblood of Wire Ropes in Cement Plants | World Cement (PDF - 1,579KB)
Jeffrey Turner details the importance of appropriate lubrication for wire ropes.

Lowering Energy Consumption Using Lubricants | World Cement (PDF - 320KB)
John Sander tells how this often overlooked purchasing decision can impact energy efficiency.

High-performance lubricants: Cost vs. performance | TLT (PDF - 2,075KB)
Despite higher prices, performance products can actually lower the net use cost to your organization.

Time for a Spring Clean? | World Cement (PDF - 703KB)
John Sander and Clay Calk outline the hidden benefits of lubricant consolidation at cement plants.

Enhanced lubricants | International Cement Review (PDF - 233KB)
The maintenance of large open gear systems in cement plants presents a significant challenge because of the heavy loads and harsh environmental conditions. Enhanced lubricants such as Pyroshield can improve profits by improving the reliability of the open gears and by reducing their required maintenance.

Best-Practice Gearbox Lubrication | Gear Solutions (PDF - 1,410KB)
Lubrication Engineers shares the results of its R&D efforts and its knowledge of how to improve gearbox reliability, resulting in significant savings and increased unit life.

Consolidation brings peace of mind to maintenance managers | Innovations in Food Technology (PDF - 787KB)
To be a valuable resource for a food manufacturing facility, lubricant suppliers should be well versed not just in lubricants but also in reliability and contamination control techniques. They should be able to identify problems and their root causes, recommend solutions and assist with implementation.

Improving food plant reliability | Innovations in Food Technology (PDF - 994KB)
In these tough economic times, it has never been more important for food manufacturing plants to focus on improving reliability by using premium H1 food grade lubricants and simple, cost-effective reliability products.

Oil Analysis & Lubricant Management Prove Successful | Machinery Lubrication (PDF - 1,881KB)
Southern Champion Tray Company is a manufacturer and printer of food containers. Read how plant personnel made important changes; including filtration, desiccant breathers and new lubricant storage containers; after oil analysis reflected high contamination levels.

Improving Oven Chain Lubrication: High Temperature Environments | Machinery Lubrication (PDF - 336KB)
Chains operating at high temperatures can be lubricated in two different ways with a liquid lubricant, or with a solid lubricant suspended in a carrier fluid. Whether solid or liquid, the lubricating film physically separates contacting metal surfaces, thereby reducing friction and wear.

Comminution Conundrum | International Mining (PDF - 890KB)
How do you get the crushing and grinding equipment you need in today's market? And once you have it, how do install and maintain it to achieve its best?

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