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Oil Analysis Solutions

We have focused exclusively on assisting large industrial facilities to identify their potential failures in their early stages and to monitor the quality of their lubricants by implementing a predictive equipment maintenance program which is based on the oil condition monitoring through oil analysis.

Why Conduct Oil Analysis?

Oil analysis can yield critical information for any piece of equipment requiring lubricants – both gasoline and diesel engines, transmissions, gears, bearings, air compressors, turbines, generators and hydraulic systems. It provides a detailed view of what is happening within machine components during operation and it can also tell you a lot about how your equipment is being used and what condition it’s in. Commercial oil analysis uses a combination of physical and chemical tests to monitor lubricant and component conditions – similar to visiting a doctor for an annual blood test who determines your overall health and well-being from a very small of your blood. The same can be done with oil-lubricated equipment such as engines, gearboxes, hydraulics, air compressors, turbines and etc.

Right now, the oil working in your crankcase, gearbox or sump contains information that could be vital to the performance and productivity of your engine or equipment. Contaminants that can indicate wear or cause serious equipment damage such as metals, water, raw fuel, acids, fuel soot and other solids collect in your lubricant. Using oil analysis to evaluate these contaminants is a scientific approach to predictive maintenance, allowing you a look inside your machinery to spot mechanical wear and contamination in its early stages. You’ll extend machine life, head off major maintenance costs and prevent a catastrophic failure that can shut you down or leave you stranded, and you’ll maximize lubricant life.

Oil Analysis Monitors Lubricant Physical Properties

Although oil analysis encompasses a wide variety of tests and methodologies, routine testing typically includes Kinematic Viscosity, Total Acid Number, Total Base Number, Water Content, Soot and Fuel Dilution to determine the effectiveness of anti-wear, dispersant, and detergent additive packages.

More advanced oil testing can include Elemental Analysis which detects the amount and type of elements in the oil from component wear, contamination and various ingredients found in oil, Particle Count Analysis, which determines fluid cleanliness, Analytical Ferrography, which identifies types of wear occurring and Oxidation Analysis, that predicts the fluid’s remaining useful life.

Oil Analysis methodologies are established and continually reviewed by a number of global agencies, including International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).

Machine Condition Monitoring By In-Service Oil Analysis Program

A typical oil analysis which identifies wear, contaminants, and additive elements, tells you if you’ve been using the appropriate lubricant. Oil analysis can detect fuel dilution of lubrication oil, dirt contamination, antifreeze and excessive bearing wear in the oil, and misapplication of lubricants.

The other major advantage of an oil analysis program is being able to anticipate problems and schedule repair work to avoid downtime during a critical time of use. Sampling and analyzing on a regular basis establishes a baseline of normal wear and can indicate when abnormal wear or contamination occurs.

Early Detection Saves Equipment Lives

Periodically, all critical oil-lubricated assets should be tested more rigorously. Early detection through an oil analysis provides a big return for your small investment since it can help eliminate costly repairs and provide immediate cost benefits. By tracking oil analysis sample results over the life of a particular machine, trends can be established which can help reduce catastrophic failures and maintenance costs by eliminating unnecessary component changes.

Early detection can also prevent unplanned downtime which is extremely expensive, eliminate unexpected chain damages and complete teardowns based on guesswork, reduce overall costs and unscheduled maintenance which keeps equipment up and running.

History and Trend Analysis

Test results from the previous analysis are important for comparison purposes. The past results help the oil analysis technician and the customer establish any trends that may be emerging and take the appropriate action.

A single sampling analysis is useful in providing information when critical failure conditions exist. However, trend analysis is a better tool for estimating the useful life or overall condition of your engine or equipment. Trend analysis samples are taken and analyzed at regularly scheduled intervals. Comparing the most recent analysis to previous reports on a given machine shows the development of trends. Monitoring these trends enables early detection of internal abnormalities. Tested values falling within acceptable limits may show a pattern of subtle variance, which could signal a developing problem.

Machines of the same type will accumulate contaminants and wear at different rates. Performing trend analysis on each machine is the most effective method of giving you an internal look at your equipment and enabling you to deal with developing problems before they become catastrophic situations.

What Is Our Solution?

As IENSOL, we have consolidated our reputation as a supplier of oil analysis instruments with a wide scope of testing capabilities for many applications and sample types used in various industrial organizations. All of these organizations use various types of equipment. Here, we provide these industries with a variety of the latest technological and advanced analytical instruments to perform onsite oil analysis to the highest possible standards.

Many maintenance technicians change oil too early or too late. Changing oil too early wastes money on oil, filters, and labor. Changing oil too late can lead to deposit build-up and costly equipment repairs. The best way to determine when to accurately change oil is through an effective oil analysis program which increases the reliability and availability of your equipment, protects warranty claims while reducing the costs associated with labor, repairs, and downtime.

Equipment diagnosis and evaluating test results consists of looking at both the health of the equipment and the integrity of the oil. Trending of the test data over a period of time is a valuable tool to monitor ongoing equipment condition and allows you to predict corrective action before interruption to operations or increased maintenance costs occur.

We provide onsite training and instructional presentations to help you realize the best returns possible through the application of predictive equipment maintenance by in-service oil analysis. Our team of field support experts, application specialists, trainers and consultants will help you how to make the right decisions about the condition of your equipment and the life of your oil according to the test results.

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