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African Petrochemicals Edition 16.2

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PROTECT YOUR EQUIPMENT WITH SMART LUBRICATION ACCESSORIES One of the most effective ways to keep your machinery running smoothly is to keep equipment well lubricated. But to ensure your lubrication is effective, you need to monitor your lubricant and keep moisture out of the system. To do this, Lubrication Engineers (LE) South Africa suggests installing oil sight glasses and replacing the standard OEM breather cap or dust cap on your machinery with a desiccant breather. Callum Ford, National Marketing Manager at LE South Africa, explains that oil sight glasses give people visual insight into what is happening with their lubricant at all times, allowing them to catch potential problems early on and to address these. In the long run, this minimises downtime, ensures machinery runs optimally and reduces repair costs. “Our Xtract sight glasses take the guesswork out of fluid lubrication management,” Ford says. “They are designed to give users the ability to continuously monitor the clarity, colour, sediment and water contamination levels of their lubricants. Some models even allow you to easily remove the water by draining it right out of the system.” The oil sight glasses can be piped to the desiccant breather, which removes humidity and tiny dust particles out of the air as it passes through the filter, ensuring moisture does not enter your lubrication reservoir. Ford says that desiccant breathers are advised for all applications except waterbased hydraulic fluid lubricants. “We stock Xclude breathers – high airflow, long-lasting desiccant breathers with checkvalve Technology, which are ideal for tank farms and large applications,” he says. “They have multiple 3-micron polyester filter elements that remove solid particulate from the wet, dirty air as it passes through the unit. They make use of colour-indicating silica gel, which not only extracts moisture, but also gives insight into the condition of the unit, so you can gauge when it’s due for replacement. When air is expelled from the container, the top foam pad prevents oil mist from contacting the silica gel or entering the atmosphere.” Additionally, the breather is outfitted with a resilient nylon standpipe and polypropylene oil mist reducer to allow oil mist to coalesce and drain back into the reservoir, rather than compromising the desiccant. “Each breather has six high-quality umbrella check valves underneath it to isolate equipment from ambient conditions, which prolongs breather life and protects system integrity,” Ford says. The breathers are suitable for use in storage tanks, wind turbines, large gearboxes and remote applications, and used in industries ranging from wind energy to storage, pulp and paper, mining, aviation, manufacturing and petrochemical. Lubrication Engineers (LE) South Africa represents the LE brand in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Zambia. LE hold the rights to Southern Africa on the LE brand, recognised internationally as a specialist in lubrication. Through LE Incorporated, they are a member of a worldwide network of companies spanning Europe, South America, Asia and Africa, while LE Incorporated operates in the USA and covers North America including Canada, Mexico and the USA. LE provides high performance, heavy-duty, quality lubricants for virtually every industry and application, as well as expert technical back-up and support. For more information, visit www. Further information is available from: Callum Ford, National Marketing Manager, LE Tel: 011 464 1735 Email: callum@ Online VIEW THE BACK EDITIONS ONLINE (No opt in or log in details required) 16

FAST AND ACCURATE AUTOMATIC PRESSURE TESTING AND DOCUMENTATION OF CRITICAL REGULATORY AND COMPLIANCE CALIBRATIONS Calibrator generates accurate pressure for single or multiple tests and automates the calibration process Pressure instrument calibration is a significant part of the maintenance workload in process plants that requires a high level of accuracy and repeatability. Comtest is offering the latest Fluke 729 Automatic Pressure Calibrator - simplifying the calibration process by automating pumping to the precise test pressure, improving calibration integrity by compensating for minor leaks, and automatically documenting the pressure calibration process to meet compliance and regulatory requirements. With the rugged, portable 729, technicians simply input a target pressure and the calibrator automatically pumps to the desired setpoint while the internal fine adjustment control stabilizes the pressure at the requested value, delivering more accurate results and speeding the calibration process. Fluke 729 features: • Automatic pressure generation and control for multiple tests to 300 psi, (20 bar, 2 MPa). Fill in a test template and the 729 automatically pumps to and documents a multiple-point pressure calibration test. • Easy calibration documentation using defined templates for transmitters and switches. Input the starting and ending test pressures and number of test points and the calibrator documents the applied pressure, measured mA, and percentage error for each test point. The bright color graphical display flags out of tolerance test results in red. • HART communication enabling mA output trim, trim to applied values, and pressure zero trimming of HART pressure transmitters. Technicians can also perform light configuration tasks such as changing a transmitter tag, measurement units, and ranging. • Measurement of mA signals on transmitter outputs and sourcing and simulation of mA signals for testing I/Ps and other mA loop devices. It includes a 24V loop power supply for testing and powering transmitters in standalone tests disconnected from the control system. Fluke 729 Automatic Pressure Calibrator. As part of the Fluke Connect® reliability platform, the 729 allows technicians to remotely monitor calibrations using the Fluke Connect mobile app as well as manage, store, and share pressure measurements and logging events. Documented calibration results can be uploaded to the included DPCTrack2 Calibration Management Software, to easily manage instrumentation, create schedule tests and reports, and organise calibration data. For more information on the Fluke 729 Automatic Pressure Calibrator, contact Comtest, local distributor of Fluke test and measurement tools, or for upcoming seminars, demos or to locate the nearest dealer, contact COMTEST. Contact: Tel: 010 595 1821 Email: 17


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