Seminar Overview

With fluctuating oil prices and the costs of downtime due to poor lubrication, having knowledge to make the right decisions on lubrication is critical for any plant or facility. This 2-day lubrication selection, application & management course provides practical knowledge that participants can apply to everyday situations for improved performance related to lubrication issues and problems. Whether you operate in a small facility or a large, multi-location plant, choosing the right lubricants for your applications and implementing a lubrication maintenance program can reduce your overall cost of ownership and operations. This lubrication selection, application & management course will help the student understand which lubricants to choose based on their needs, and how to properly monitor their lubricants.

Discussion Topics

Vital Importance of Lubricants & Lubrication

Advancements in Lubrication Technology

  • Changes in Lubricating Greases
  • Life, Water Resistance & Oxidation Stability

Matching Lubricants to Applications

  • Temperature Considerations
  • Water Considerations
  • Pressure Considerations
  • Multipurpose
  • Compatibility
  • Seal Considerations

Components of Lubrication

  • Base Oils
  • Synthetic Fluids
  • Additives

Lubricant Terminology

  • Learn how to speak the language

Fluid Lubricant Specifications

  • Understanding Specifications
  • Interpreting Specifications for Your Needs
  • Test Data Relevance
  • Warranty Considerations

Selecting the Best Lubricant for Applications

  • Lubrication Greases
  • Hydraulic Fluids
  • Gear Oils
  • Crankcase
  • Compressors
  • Fire Resistant Fluids
  • Outside Gears
  • Cams
  • Turbines

Oil Analysis

  • The Importance of Oil Analysis
  • Setting up an Analysis Program
  • Reading & Understanding Analysis Reports

Implementing a Lubrication Program

  • Point by Point Program Musts

Principals of Lubricant Base Stocks

  • Mineral Oil Base Stocks
  • Synthetic Fluid Base Stocks

Lubricant Specifications Terminology for Quality Performance

  • Paraffinic Mineral Oil
  • Naphthenic Mineral Oil
  • EP & Wear Test
  • Oxidation Stability
  • Dropping Point


  • How Viscosity Works
  • Using a Viscosity Index

Troubleshooting Lubrication Grease

  • Electric Motors
  • Couplings
  • Plain
  • Gears
  • Enclosed
  • Open
  • Sliding Surfaces
  • Universal Joints

Managing Oil Analysis

  • Purchasing
  • Benefits
  • ISO Cleanliness
  • Life of Oil & PM
  • Ferrography

Industrial Gear Oils

  • Performance
  • Automotive
  • AGMA Requirements
  • Monitoring Objectives


  • Causes & Effects
  • Influencing Factors
  • Component Failure Due to Friction

Lubrication Failure

  • Principles
  • Different Types of Failures
  • Failure Analysis

Additives and Reduced Friction

  • Antiwear (AW)
  • Extreme Pressure (EP)
  • Oiliness

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Upon completion of this seminar, the student will receive a certification of completion with 8 classroom hours (.8 Trainco CEUs) per day attended. Visit our continuing education units page to determine if this class is accepted by your state licensing agency.

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