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Fine filtration (less than 3 micron) is becoming increasingly popular method of extending machinery life. Filtration companies have in recent years had a concerted effort to increase awareness of keeping oils clean and this has had a marked beneficial effect on overall cleanliness levels on these types of systems with the increased uptake. These systems sometimes going submicron in filtration size tend to be offline kidney filtration type systems rather than inline filtration because the pressur...
The most important thing you need to know about fine filtration effects on your oil samples.
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As part of my consultancy services I am often asked to visit a client's site to help them identify the source of lube or fuel issue. This has ranged from individual business customers having problems on site to being a key part of a dispute resolution as an independent party between product suppliers (machinery, fuel, lubes, coolant, DEF/ adblue, etc) and end users.

One thing that never ceases to amaze me is how many people are not aware of good lubricant storage and handling practices despit...
Why lieing down is better than standing up for your oil?
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Normally before a big trip we tend to do more of the checks we should be doing on our car all year round such as confirming the tire pressures, topping up the screenwash and checking the coolant level.

This is because the impact on breaking down on our way to the supermarket is not seen as big a problem as breaking down hundreds of miles away from home. Breakdown cover is often a comfort blanket to most, but unless it specifically says in your policy you are covered abroad most policies do no...
Going on holiday in your car, test your oil now before you go
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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 operator...
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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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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You will get a better service if you describe what you are trying to achieve rather than state the suite of tests and methods you need.
I had an interesting question the other day by another lab looking to subcontract to us in that I was asked could we perform a test by a certain method. In this example it was could we measure 3 elements by XRF (X-ray Fluorescence). I asked them what they were trying to achieve and what range of concentrations were they expecting. The client explained they were...
Which is the better method - don't get fixated on the method and more on what you are trying to achieve?
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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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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.