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This article will answer the following questions:


Why and how do lubricants fail?
Why do I need to change my oil?
Do I have to use the recommended oil for my machine?

Lubricant failure means the basic lubricant functions have become overwhelmed, which ultimately can lead to wear and machine failure. This article will discuss some of the ways lubricants can fail.
Under / insufficient lubricationThis can be thought of as anything preventing lube oil getting to the right places at the righ...
MISS! - The 4 most common ways lubricants fail to hit the target
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After years maintaining machinery you start to develop a 6th sense to know when something is not right. There is not really a 6th sense, but the other 5 play a crucial role of on sight inspections. Well maybe only 4 as I wouldn't advocate tasting your machine fluids. You do however, listen for abnormal noises, use your eyes to inspect damage, deposits or contamination, and touch to feel vibration etc. The final one is smell. Smell is an extremely sensitive sense and is a fundamental diagnostic t...
Take a whiff, why if your oil doesn’t smell right you should get it tested.
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Varnish has become a popular term in the industry in recent years although it has been around since the first usage of lubricants.
Part of its popularity in recent times is aftermarket additive and filter manufacturers have realised they can remove the material, so it’s measurement has become highly promoted. Additionally the classical ultracentrifuge methods of measuring varnish have now been overtaken by Membrane Patch Colourimetry (MPC). The manufacture of the MPC devices has also been act...
Varnish is like cholesterol in your machinery
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Oil analysis is often spoken about in terms of large diggers, ships, production machinery in factories, power generation, and large fleets of vehicles such as rail, truck and buses. It is not usually mentioned in terms of cars. I mean obviously labs have looked at the car industry before when promoting oil analysis simply because of the size of the market, but since the main selling point has often been on reducing downtime costs the industry has always gravitated around machinery with large cos...
Why you should be sampling your vehicle / car oil, fuel and coolant?
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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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This article will answer the following questions.


Is my lube oil contaminated?


Why do lubricating oils become contaminated?


Is my oil filter working and which oil filter should I use?


What is a ISO4406, ISO4407, NAS1638 or SAE4059 Particle count?


What sizes of particles are tested in ISO 4406 Analysis?


How small are the particles my filter removes?


Particle count – Particle counts measure the relative cleanliness of a fluid. This can be performed ...
Particle counting - determine fluid cleanliness to ISO4406 / NAS / SAE4059. Achieve cleaner oil by monitoring it's cleanliness with oil analysis.
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This article will answer the following questions:


Why and how do lubricants fail?
Why do I need to change my oil?
Do I have to use the recommended oil for my machine?

Lubricant failure means the basic lubricant functions have become overwhelmed, which ultimately can lead to wear and machine failure. This article will discuss some of the ways lubricants can fail.
Under / insufficient lubricationThis can be thought of as anything preventing lube oil getting to the right places at the righ...
MISS! - The 4 most common ways lubricants fail to hit the target
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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.