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The below list is a general guide for additive concentrations in lubricating oils. This list is not definitive and with the recent emergence of Nano-technology and ashless additives that are not metal based the variation between different additive packages formulations will change greatly. The best way to confirm the additive element concentration for your lubricating oil is to send an unused sample for reference to the lab, or contact your lubricant supplier for details. Additive concentrations...
Oil additives - functions & typical concentrations. What do calcium, phosphorus, zinc, molybdenum and oil additives do in your lube oil?
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What is a cetane index?



Cetane Index is a number used to denote the quality of diesel fuel. Its petrol/gasoline equivalent is an octane rating. Although they are considered equivalents, they are measuring different things. An octane rating measures how long petrol resists auto ignition, whereas in contrast, a diesel, you want it to ignite earlier in a compression setting, so you are measuring how quickly it ignites rather than resistance to ignition. 



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Cetane Index Calculator - what it all means?
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For as long as insurance companies have existed they have been looking at new and innovative ways to determine risks of a claim when setting insurance rates. In recent years this has even extended to apps on your mobile devices to track your car driving habits.

For decades now, insurers have been using oil and fuel analysis to confirm the validity of claims. This can be confirming actions arising from oil analysis have been implemented, but also, from larger claims, has involved insurers collec...
Could your marine insurance claims be too high or rejected through not testing your oil?
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For as long as insurance companies have existed they have been looking at new and innovative ways to determine risks of a claim when setting insurance rates. In recent years this has even extended to apps on your mobile devices to track your car driving habits.

For decades now, insurers have been using oil and fuel analysis to confirm the validity of claims. This can be confirming actions arising from oil analysis have been implemented, but also, from larger claims, has involved insurers collec...
Could your marine insurance claims be too high or rejected through not testing your oil?
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This Article will answer the following questions?


What is Adblue / Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF)?


What does Adblue / DEF do and how does it reduce NOx?


Why does Adblue need to be a pure 32.5% urea solution and why is it important to test it to ISO22241-2?

Why do I need to use a supplier that uses as independent lab to verify the Adblue quality?

What is Adblue?AdBlue or Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) is a solution of 32.5% Urea in de-ionised water. It is sprayed into the exhaust system o...
All you need to know about AdBlue Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) ISO22241-2
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We have all heard the phrase if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. It’s a common excuse people tell me when I ask why they don’t do oil analysis yet.



They are often surprised when I tell them I agree with them. Just I have a different opinion at what point I call something broken. Is a fuel leak issue a problem when we notice a large viscosity drop at the lab, the point the car struggles to start and is making black smoke or the point the engine fails and it catches fire. Technically all 3 stages ...
If it ain’t broke don’t fix it, but how do you know it’s broken?
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Recently I was contacted by a new customer who had never conducted any oil or fuel analysis. They were working towards a very tight Easter deadline and had been inundated with machinery problems in their confectionery production lines and engine failures in their transportation and haulage vehicles. We were the last resort to stop their entire production grinding to a halt which would have resulted in billions of pounds in lost revenue, millions of disappointed customers and a massive ...
Hopping Mad About Production Failures?
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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.