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MLA LEVEL I Machine Lubricant Analyst

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Course Overview

The course provides guidance and competency development to take the Machinery Lubrication Analyst – MLA ISO 18436-4 Exam offered through the International Council for Machinery Lubrication (ICML).
Preparation in the following areas:

I. Maintenance Strategies
II. Lubrication Theory/Fundamentals
III. Lubricant Selection
IV. Lubricant Application
V. Lube Storage and Management
VI. Lube Condition Control
VII. Oil Sampling
VIII. Lubricant Health Monitoring



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5 Key Takeaways


The details of fluid analysis, the instruments and tests.

An in-depth examination of data interpretation.



Operate with improved technical skills for lubrication tasks and basic lubricant analysis for machine condition monitoring.

How to utilize oil analysis by understanding process stress, contamination, and wear debris that could harm systems.



Clear and defined tasks associated with oil changes, top-ups, greasing bearings, lubricant receiving and proper storage and care of lubricants.



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Course Outline


I. Maintenance Strategies

A. Why machines fail
B. The impact of poor maintenance on company profits
C. The role of effective lubrication in failure avoidance
D. Lube routes and scheduling
E. Oil analysis and technologies to assure lubrication effectiveness.
F. Equipment tagging and identification.

II. Lubrication Theory/Fundamentals

A. Fundamentals of tribology
B. Functions of a lubricant
C. Hydrodynamic lubrication (sliding friction)
D. Elasto-hydrodynamic lubrication (rolling friction)
E. Mixed-film lubrication
F. Base-oils
G. Additives and their functions
H. Oil lubricant physical, chemical and performance properties and classifications.
I. Grease lubrication

III. Lubricant Selection

A. Viscosity selection
B. Base-oil type selection
C. Additive system selection
D. Machine specific lubricant requirements
E. Application and environment related adjustments.


IV. Lubricant Application

A. Basic calculations for determining required lubricant volume.
B. Basic calculations to determine re-lube and change frequencies.
C. When to select oil; when to select grease.
D. Effective use of manual delivery techniques.
E. Automatic delivery systems.
1. Automated deliver options.
a) Automated grease systems
b) Oil mist systems
c) Drip and wick lubricators
2. Deciding when to employ automated lubricators.
3. Maintenance of automated lubrication systems.

V. Lube Storage and Management

A. Lubricant receiving procedures.
B. Proper storage and inventory management.
C. Lube storage containers
D. Proper storage of grease-guns and other lube application devices.
E. Maintenance of automatic grease systems.
F. Health and safety assurance.

VI. Lube Condition Control

A. Filtration and separation technologies.
B. Filter rating.
C. Filtration system design and filter selection.




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 ISO's 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.



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Who Should Attend?

This highly practical and interactive course has been specifically designed for:

Common job titles for the individual who would become a certified Machinery Lubrication Analyst include lubrication technicians, PM technicians, millwrights, mechanics, reliability engineers, maintenance managers, etc. Typically, this individual has regular contact with machinery and has routine influence over the condition of lubricants in use. The individual is likely to be directly involved in the machine lubrication process and reliability such as:

  • Manufacturing and industrial engineers
  • Maintenance managers
  • Predictive maintenance technicians
  • Reliability engineers
  • Craftsmen & millwrights
  • All who seek to improve reliability programs






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