19 October, 2018

BFPA Technical Conference on ‘Managing Fluid and Lubricant Contamination’

26 September, 2018

The British Fluid Power Association held its new Technical Conference on ‘Managing Fluid and Lubricant Contamination’ on 10 and 11 September at the University of Bath.


The conference was attended by almost 100 OEMs and end users responsible for fluid and lubricant maintenance, filtration and condition monitoring in a wide range of applications, as well as lubricant and hydraulic fluid professionals.

These delegates were from a wide range of industry sectors, including; oil companies, fluid manufacturers, additive manufacturers, car manufacturers, hydraulic equipment manufacturers, turbine builders, energy utilities, filter manufacturers and suppliers of particle counting and sizing equipment. The conference was carefully compiled to offer the most insightful guidance on maintaining clean systems.

Sponsors of the event were: The BFPA, EnerMech, Hy-Pro, MP Filtri, Parker and the United Kingdom Lubricants Association (UKLA). In addition to their involvement in the conference itself, the sponsors and other key suppliers also exhibited and demonstrated products in the foyer area outside the conference room, and key personnel from these companies were on hand to discuss the delegates’ specific solutions requirements during the conference session breaks.

Key topics

80% of breakdown in hydraulic systems is due to contamination. Keeping systems clean will reduce long-term expenditure. With this in mind, delegates at the conference learned about managing contamination control and:

• Contaminant formation Varnish – an increasing problem in major applications.

• Developments in test methods for assessing fluid and lubricant cleanliness.

• Changes to the classification of cleanliness.

• Controlling cleanliness and contamination by air, water and particulates.

• Case studies of problems associated with cleanliness and contamination.

10 September programme

The Session Chair for the first day of the conference was Allan Barber, Global Industrial OEM Manager, Lubrizol International, Derby, UK. The conference programme on 10 September comprised the following speakers and topics:

10:00 – Conference Opening Remarks by Chris Buxton, CEO, the BFPA.

10:10 – Keynote Address by Matt Fielder, Stanhope Seta: ‘The Development and Use of 2 Micron Particle Counting Instruments in Fluid Power Systems.’

10:40 – Particle Counting: Why are You Counting Gels, Water and Bubbles? by Joanne Coyle, JM Canty.

11:10 – Refreshment Break & Exhibition in foyer.

11:30 – Fluid Contamination Monitoring – Technology for Industry 4.0 by Geoff Grant, MP Filtri.

12:00 – Integration of Ferrous Density and Particle Count for Automated Ferrography Analysis of Abnormal Wear Conditions by Daniel Walsh, Spectro Scientific.

12:30 – Buffet lunch in foyer & Exhibition.

13:30 – Best Practice Oil Sampling using the new ASTM D8112 Turbine Oil Sampling Guidelines by Bernie Hall, Checkfluid.

14:00 – The Formation and Impact of Varnish in Oil Lubrication Systems by Keith Webb, Pall Europe.

14:30 – Free radical formation in the wake of electrostatic discharges in hydraulic and lubricating systems by John Duchowski, Hydac Fluid Care Centre.

15:00 – Break & Exhibition.

15:30 – The Benefits of Water Removal Technology by Phil Keep, MP Filtri.

16:00 – Water contamination in mineral oil based hydraulic fluids: lessons learned from a T6H20C test rig by Steffen Sandhoefner, Laxness.

16.30 – Close.

The first day’s proceedings were followed by a Conference Dinner at the nearby Bailbrook House Hotel.

11 September programme

The Session Chair for the second day of the conference was Matt Fielder, Market Development Manager, Stanhope-Seta Ltd. The conference programme on 11 September comprised the following speakers and topics:

09:00 – Arrival tea/ coffee & Exhibition 09:30 –Air in oil –A novel approach to optimise de-aeration performance and reducing oil volume by Tobias Daley, Hydac.

10:00 – Reliability Strategies for Optimised use of Hydraulic Fluids by Clive McArdle, Fluitec.

10:30 – Cleanliness Management in Hydraulic Systems – Why it is Necessary and How to Implement it by Mike Day, CMS Consultants.

11:00 – Break & Exhibition 11:30 – Driving uptime improvement and cost-reduction by moving to a predictive maintenance approach by Keith Webb, Pall Europe.

12:00 – A Paradigm Shift in Gas Turbine Lubricant Maintenance by Peter Dufresne, EPT Inc.

12:30 – Buffet lunch & Exhibition.

13.30 – How to Specify The Cleanliness of the Hydraulic Fluid to Suit Your Individual Requirements by Mike Day, CMS Consultants.

14:00 – Long-Term Results of Turbine Oil Antioxidant Replenishment at a Combined Cycle Power Plant by Jatin Mehta, Fluitec.

14:30 – A Review of the Effects of Potash Contamination on Fire Resistant Hydraulic Fluids by Travis Wiens, University of Saskatchewan.

15:00 – Closing Remarks.

More information on BFPA programme details visit the dedicated conference website www.bfpatechnicalconference2018.co.uk




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