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Many transformer labs will be familiar with processing emergency samples, but usually it is a small batch of 1 or 2 at a time that are actually an emergency. However, I was surprised to have 27 samples arrive in one evening as an emergency.



It had been bad weather and there had been a few storms over the previous 24 hours in the UK. So bad that 7 customers in fact sent emergency samples at once because of lightning strikes, environmental damage, flooding etc all to check the condition of the...
It's NOT Alive....when things fail to start
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Extreme Pressure (EP) is the most common anti-wear additive for high load gears. It is Sulphur-Phosphorus based and used when other additives such as ZDDP are not sufficient to give high load wear protection.

If you have ever changed a gear oil, the distinctive smell is from EP.

In normal conditions EP is inactive, but at high temperatures at loaded surfaces EP reacts to form a metal sulphide toughened coating to protect against wear.

However with copper based components care must be taken as...
EP additive for when the loading gets Tough. Extreme pressure additives in gear oils give extreme loading protection in lubricated systems.
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On the run-up to Christmas, your machinery may be the last thing on your mind, but this is the time of year it really can’t afford to fail. Imagine a Christmas with no turkey (or vegan alternative!) because the electricity generators have failed, missing guests from the dinner table because of car breakdowns and no gifts under the tree because somebody mis-fuelled Santa’s reindeer's with brussels sprouts rather than carrots! It makes COVID Christmas 2020 look jolly in comparison.

Make sure your...
The 12 fails of Christmas Machinery
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An interesting question today from a customer regarding how oils degrade and I thought I would make an article to answer.

 
"Hi Learn Oil Analysis,

I have heard lots of conflicting information about what is the best way to test how degraded an oil is. Some say its measuring varnish potential, others measuring RULER and others RPVOT. Which one should I use?

Hope you can help 🙂

Tim"

 

This is a great question as being a lab owner myself everyone is constantly trying to sell you t...
Is there a single test to say how degraded a lubricating oil is?
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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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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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Oil Analysis is older than you think but it's the modern improvements that make it more useful than ever.



What connects Queen Elizabeth’s 70-year reign to oil analysis? Nothing, but as every other company is finding a way to tie themselves to it, we thought we’d also jump on the bandwagon! However, we’re not going to try to sell you anything (seriously - that's next weeks post) but just going to offer up an interestingbut brief roundup of the last 70 years of oil analysis for you to enjoy ov...
70 Years Of 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.