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Oil Analysis

Trending is extremely important in determining a machine’s health. Oil condition analysis is an excellent indicator of issues developing within a lubricated mechanical system.

 

A single, detailed analysis of an oil sample can be a valuable preventative maintenance tool in its own right, however it is as part of an ongoing program, where the trending of wear, contamination and lubricant chemistry really gain their power as a CBM tool, often allowing the identification and rectification of potential problems before they escalate to a more serious issue.

 

The Process

 

■ Client Collects Oil Samples
■ Client Sends Samples To Lab
■ Monition Lab Analyses Samples
■ Data Reviewed and Interpreted
■ Report Compiled
■ Report Sent To Client

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Oil analysis reveals information that can be broken down into four categories:

 

 

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So why Take Oil Samples?

 

It’s cost effective. Relative low expenditure compared with other testing techniques.

 

Fault Finding. Oil condition analysis is an excellent indicator of issues developing within a lubricated mechanical system.

 

Success. If correctly implemented, oil analysis will arguably catch more potential issues across a broad range of mechanical systems than any other technology.

 

The Perfect Pairing. Oil analysis is an ideal pairing with NDT techniques such as vibration analysis to ensure the best coverage.

 

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How Often do I Sample?

 

Things to consider:

 

Environment - Severity of the fluid’s working conditions. Load, Temperature, Speed, Exposure.

 

Machine Age - When was it’s last overhaul. What is it’s life expectancy? Newer and close-to overhaul items should be a priority.

 

Criticality - What would be the financial and safety implications of failure?

 

Fluid Age - When was the oil last changed? What sort of oil is in use? The older an oil, the closer to it’s remaining useful life it will be and the more frequent sampling is required.

 

Target – What levels are being aimed for? What are the control limits?

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