Continuous operation of an equipment is essential to any production processes however due to relative motion between interfacing surfaces, wear cannot be avoided thus leading to increased friction, increased energy usage, and even component failure. To prevent such occurrence from happening, lubricants are used to create a thin film of layer between metals in contact and in relative motion. In order to give insight into the machine’s operating condition, conducting Oil Analysis on a periodic basis is essential. In this method, lubricants within the machine are sampled and analysed for the presence of contaminants such as dirt, moisture, coolant and ferrous particles which are deposited by deteriorating component. Also with periodic sampling, data can be trended to monitor the equipment condition which allows for efficient maintenance scheduling.
- ICP Analysis – Al, B, Ca, Cr, Cu, Fe, K, Li, Mo, Na, Ni, Mg, P, Pb, Si, Sn, Zn
- FTIR Analysis – Soot, Oxidation, Nitration, Sulphation
- Viscosity – @ 40°C & 100°C (normally 100°C for engines, and 40°C for everything else)
- PQ Index
- Diesel Fuel, (by percentage)
- Water, (by percentage)
More tests are available for greases, coolants and Diesel fuels along with non-standard tests including ISO, water by KF, TAN/TBN, MPC, RULER, filter grams, patch tests, RPVOT et al.
Benefits of Oil Analysis:
- Determines equipment condition or provides early detection of excessive wear
- Improves maintenance practices
- Permits efficient maintenance scheduling
- Reduces maintenance and repair cost
- Reduces equipment downtime and productivity loss
- Extends machine life