1st Edition

Lubrication Degradation Getting into the Root Causes

By Sanya Mathura, Robert J. Latino Copyright 2022
    162 Pages 48 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    This book combines the topics of Root Cause Analysis (RCA) and Lubrication Degradation Mechanisms (LDM) with the goal of allowing the reader to develop the disciplined thought process for getting to the root causes of each of the degradation mechanisms. This new way of thinking can be applied to other areas within their facility to mitigate or eliminate any future recurrence.

    Lubrication Degradation: Getting into the Root Causes strives to break down the complex topic of Lubrication Degradation into its six most common failure mechanisms. It presents the mechanisms as manageable components and then teaches the reader how to identify the typical root causes associated with each failure mechanism. The main aim of this book is to get the audience to look past the physical root causes and really unearth the underlying human and/or systemic roots to prevent recurrence of these types of failures. The book offers a field-proven and practical root cause analysis approach.

    An ideal practical book for industry professionals involved with Plant Operations, Engineering, Management, Maintenance, Reliability, Quality, and also useful for Technicians.

    1. Lubrication Basics. 2. PROACT® Root Cause Analysis Basics. 3. The Application of Root Cause Analysis (RCA) to Lubrication Degradation Related Failures. 4. Building of a Tree for the LDM: Oxidation. 5. Building of a Tree for the LDM: Thermal Degradation. 6. Building of a Tree for the LDM: Microdieseling. 7. Building of a Tree for the LDM: Electrostatic Spark Discharge. 8. Building of a Tree for the LDM: Additive Depletion. 9. Building of a Tree for the LDM: Contamination. 10. Bringing it all Together: Fan Motor Failure RCA.


    Sanya is the Founder of Strategic Reliability Solutions Ltd based in Trinidad and operates in the capacity of Managing Director and Senior Consultant. She works with global affiliates in the areas of Reliability and Asset Management to bring these specialty niches to her clients. Sanya possesses a strong engineering background with a BSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering and an MSc in Engineering Asset Management. She has worked in the lubrication industry for the past several years and has used her engineering background to assist various industries with lubrication related issues both locally in Trinidad and Tobago, regionally and internationally. She has solved lubrication problems and provided training in the Automotive, Industrial, Marine, Construction, and Transportation sectors. Sanya is the first person (and first female) in her country (Trinidad & Tobago) and by extension the Caribbean to attain an ICML MLE (International Council for Machinery Lubrication Machinery Lubrication Engineer) certification.

    Robert J. (Bob) Latino is currently CEO of Reliability Center, Inc. (RCI). RCI is a 49-year-old Reliability Consulting firm specializing in improving Equipment, Process and Human Reliability. Bob received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management from Virginia Commonwealth University. Bob has been facilitating RCA analyses with his clientele around the world for over 36 years. He has taught well over 10,000 students in 25+ countries, the PROACT® Methodology and associated software solutions. He is author or co-author of seven (7) books related to RCA, Reliability, FMEA and/or Human Error Reduction. Mr. Latino is an internationally recognized author, trainer, software developer, lecturer, and practitioner of best practices in the field of Reliability Engineering with a specialty in all aspects of a holistic Root Cause Analysis (RCA) system. Bob currently serves on the Board of Directors for HPRCT (Human Performance, Root Cause & Trending - https://www.hprct.org/) Bob is also the Series Editor (Reliability Engineering Specialist) for CRC Press/Taylor & Francis (www.taylorandfrancis.com). His Series is entitled, ‘Reliability, Maintenance, and Safety Engineering: A Practical View of Getting Work Done Effectively’.