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See below the learn oil analysis crib sheet for identifying each of the elements you see on your oil analysis reports.











Find out how wear metals, contamination elements, wear particle quantification index (PQ / ferrous debris) and additive metals are tested below, what each element on a report means and how to diagnose which components on failing.

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Source element guide - contamination, wear metal, additives and multi-origin elements
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Strawberries and cream, gin and tonic, salt and pepper are all classic things that go together. Oil and analysis might not strike you as a traditional match, but we can tell you they definitely are!



Evidence of using lubrication for machinery dates back as early as the 14th century BCE with the Egyptians using animal fats to ensure the smooth running of their chariots. After the advent of the Industrial Revolution, oil gradually became the most widely used lubrication commodi...
Lubricating Oil And Analysis: A Match Made In Heaven?
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A Day In The Life Of An Oil Sample.Have you ever wondered what happens to your oil after you’ve sent it to our laboratory? In this blog series, we will be discussing some of the tests your oil may be put through and how they give us an insight into the health of your equipment.
Hotplate Crackle Test.If your oil snaps, crackles or pops when heated, it could mean there is an abnormal level of water contaminating your lubricant.


How it works.Every oil sample that comes to the laboratory is give...
A day in the life of an oil sample (Crackle Test)
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See below the learn oil analysis crib sheet for identifying each of the elements you see on your oil analysis reports.











Find out how wear metals, contamination elements, wear particle quantification index (PQ / ferrous debris) and additive metals are tested below, what each element on a report means and how to diagnose which components on failing.

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Source element guide - contamination, wear metal, additives and multi-origin elements
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Looking after your car is a classic father son pass time. Oil analysis just takes that one step further.



If your disorganized and forgetful about birthdays and anniversaries like I am (just ask my wife), this is a helpful reminder that Father’s Day is fast approaching this June 19th.



For most this might be an obscure connection to make connecting this day with oil analysis. However, for me, oil analysis and Father's Day strangely go hand in hand as it was my father who with his 50+ year...
What to get that car enthusiast Dad this Father's Day?
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Molybdenum is usually 3 potential sources.

1) molybdenum grease contamination but this would be cause lots of wear and potential be showing an increased visibility too.
2) molybdenum from ring wear. Some engines have on the top ring a molybdenum coating to cope with high temperatures. You would need to check with the engine manufacturer if this is the case.
3) molybdenum as an additive. It is molybdenum disulphide, which acts the same as graphite would as a solid lubricant within the oil an...
Why is there Molybdenum in my engine oil sample?
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This article will answer the following questions?

When is the best time to change my oil?



Can I miss an oil change?


How can I make my lubricating oil last longer?

There are a few types of maintenance strategies a company can adopt. You can do run to failure aka reactive maintenance, which for when the machine is working, is very little effort, but causes a mad panic and rush when it fails without warning. This loss of uptime on the machine can lead to machinery operators standing id...
Changing components based on predicted life models is just a best guess. You need a condition based reliability approach to maintenance starting with oil analysis.
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Why Oil Analysis Matters?

Oil Analysis is used by people just like you all over the world to reduce machinery downtime and improve equipment reliability. A small sample of oil from your machinery can provide as much information as a full machine strip down at a fraction of the cost and has been a proven technology for over 60 years to reduce forced shutdowns and failure repair costs. Want to understand how oil and grease analysis works and how it applies to you then watch this short video below.

How Much Can Oil Analysis Save Me?

Oil analysis is a brilliant tool that can save you money each time you sample. The returns on investment vary depending on your machinery type, so feel free to use our sister sites cost saving calculator at the bottom of their FAQ Page.

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img 3041 Learn used oil analysis sample testing, lubrication reliability maintenance, predictive lab diagnostics to reduce costs & boost profits.If you have never had your oil tested before then what are you waiting for and get in contact with a lab today. There are many reputable labs all across the world that offer excellent oil analysis services you can use including our sister lab – Oil Analysis Laboratories, which is the only lab in the world to offer the LubeWear test. LubeWear identifies abnormal wear far earlier than traditional wear metal analysis techniques meaning you can catch faults earlier to keep your machine reliability at its highest. A brief video explanation of the rest can be viewed below.