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An interesting question the other day on linkedin. Interestingly, from a competitor lab which I always take as a compliment. So I thought in the gesture of knowledge sharing for the greater good I thought I would write an article to explain.

The question was:

When we test engine oils for customers that are sludged we often comment the reason for this is poor combustion, but I am not quite sure as to how exactly the two are linked. Can you help? Your website is brilliant by the way - love it! I...
What happens in an engine oil to cause sludges?
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Silicon has many sources and it's not all sand



I was asked the question the other day how high would silicon have to be in an oil before you would change it based on that parameter alone. The system in question was an injection moulding machine which have exceptionally strict cleanliness levels. The samples were not tested by our lab, but the lab they were using was a reputable one and the results for silicon were between 40 and 70ppm with nothing else highlighted. To answer this question, it...
Where does that silicon keep coming from? Is it all bad and can it be helpful in my oil? Bonus feature - how do anti-foams works
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This article will answer the following questions:

How do you detect a fuel leak with fluid analysis?


Why is my engine oil level rising?
How can I tell if the quality of my fuel is of a poor quality?
What is blow-by?
Why is my fuel filter black?
Why do I need to use an approved oil?
There are many different types of diesel fuelled engines from small car sized engines to huge generator and marine engines the size of buildings with truck and off-highway plant machinery somewhere in b...
Diesel Fuel System Faults, how to detect, prevent and cure them?
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Oil analysis has been used in plant machinery (diggers, tractors etc) in the construction, mining, agriculture and forestry industries for almost half a century now. Pretty much every construction OEM has its own analysis programme and both myself, and my father before me were responsible for helping many of the OEMs (Original Equipment manufacturers) setup these programmes.
The problems of being too successfulThe problem in recent years is oil analysis has been so successful in helping keep mac...
Why construction, mining, agriculture & forestry industries use oil analysis?
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It's nearly Christmas, and we are all getting excited about the arrival of Santa. Every year he manages to make a miraculous trip around the world delivering presents to billions of children.

Have you ever wondered why he has managed to never miss Christmas especially with the milage he gets on his sleigh without it breaking down? Equally, his toy production line has huge spikes in demand from no requirement for 11 months of the year to a barrage of orders in the form of letters from children d...
How does Santa manage incredible production uptime - A case study of oil analysis success.
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Everyone knows keeping electricity flowing 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year is vital in keeping the nation safe. If the lights suddenly went out that may be an inconvenience for some, a loss of income to others and worse still result in loss of life saving equipment.

Despite advances in renewables, at time of writing over half all electricity in the UK still comes from burning fossil fuels, which in turn leads to rotation of steam or gas turbine blades that generate powerstaion electricity....
Why sampling turbine oils is vital?
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This article answers the following questions:


How to reduce machinery downtime?



How to reduce machine repair costs?


How to reduce lubricant oil and grease consumption?


How to improve machinery reliability?

How big is the impact of wear on a business?
With such a list of questions above to answer you would imagine this article would be very detailed but in fact it can be summed up in two words "Oil" and "Analysis". I personally live and breathe oil analysis as I was born int...
Why oil analysis matters - it saves you loads of cash and avoids shed tears
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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.