Effective oil analysis programs identify wear, contamination and changes in a lubricant’s physical properties that can adversely affect machine health and reliability. Using quality oil analysis / oil test results and easy-to-understand maintenance recommendations, equipment managers and reliability personnel can effectively assess equipment condition, plan maintenance schedules, prevent breakdowns and maximize up-time at a minimal cost.
Oil Analysis Identifies Wear, Contaminant & Additive Metals
Spectrochemical Analysis, or Elemental Analysis, is the cornerstone of an effective oil analysis program. It detects 21 metallic elements that can represent wear metals, wear corrosion, dirt contamination and oil and coolant additives in the lubricant. This type of fluid analysis identifies problems in their developmental stages and allows equipment managers and maintenance personal to fix small issues before they become major problems, breakdowns, lost revenues and more.
Oil Analysis Tests Physical Properties
Although oil analysis encompasses a wide variety of tests and methodologies, routine testing typically includes Viscosity, Acid and Base Numbers, Water Content, Soot and Fuel Dilution to determine the effectiveness of anti-wear, dispersant and detergent additive packages. More advanced testing through Particle Count Analysis determines fluid cleanliness. Analytical Ferrography identifies types of wear occurring and the Rotating Pressure Vessel Oxidation Test (RPVOT) predicts the fluid’s remaining useful life. Comprehensive testing and analysis that involves multiple tests like those listed is what allows better decision making and the implementation of better maintenance programs, ultimately reducing expenses, while increasing productive machine or equipment time.
Oil analysis with Analysts, Inc. can be tailored to meet the needs and maintenance goals of a wide variety of small and large companies. We offer the following four test packages to meet various needs of both stationary equipment and moving vehicle motors: