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This article will help answer the following questions:


How do I reduce maintenance costs?


How much money can oil analysis save me?


How do I start an oil analysis programme?


How do I know if I have taken an lube oil analysis sample correctly

What should I do if I get a critical, monitor, caution or serious oil report.
When thinking about how to make your oil analysis programme a roaring success there is some effort required on your part to get past the initial inertia. This may...
How to make your analysis programme succeed?
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I had an interesting question the other day regarding a customer who uses both online field particle counters and sends samples for oil analysis that includes particle count. The question posed was:

"Why do you not always get the same result with field particle counting compared to lab particle counting?"

Answer:

When measuring oil cleanliness particle counts there are many methods that can be used. Assuming you are using a laser particle counter and using the same technology basis as l...
Why do particle counters differ in results?
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This article will answer the following questions?:


How water H2O is measured in lubricating oil samples?




The difference between ppm water and percent (%) water.


The difference between free water and dissolved water and their effects on machinery.

Why water results in oil samples can vary depending on the method?
For many years the two most commonly used tests for determining water contamination in lube oils have been the crackle test and water by Karl Fischer (KF) titration.

In...
Why you should measure both free and dissolved water?
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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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This article will answer the following questions:


What is a Total Acid Number (TAN) and what is a Total base number (TBN)?



When to change engine oil and what indicates an oil is spent?



Acid Number – This is the concentration of acid in the fluid. The new oil value may not be zero since some oil additives react similar to acids with the reagents used for testing. Hence it is important to monitor the trend in change of TAN from a baseline sample or new oil reference. In engine a...
What do Acid Number (AN / TAN) and Base Number (BN / TBN) mean on a lube oil sample analysis report?
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This summer I was visiting a client in the Middle East to assist them in an oil analysis project they were interested in doing for one of the big shipping companies in the area. The end client had been hesistant in taking up the project as they still were not convinced it was something they could afford to do as they already maintenance the equipment well and so their machines never fail. I had hence been asked to come explain the benefits of the project by my client.
On the day of the meeting, ...
Has your maintenance budget suffered a puncture? Are maintenance costs & machine failures too high then change it with oil analysis.
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This article will answer the following questions:


Why does soot not settle out in an engine oil?


What is a Total Base Number?


Why is there calcium in my engine oil?


Is my engine oil alkali or acidic?




The answer is they both contain Calcium. Now before you start considering whether it is best to go for a semi–skimmed or fully–skimmed on your next car service, or start pouring a 15W40 on your breakfast cereal I must remind you that is where the similarities...
What do engine oil and a pint of milk have in common? Calcium is the most widely used additive to neutralise acids in your engine 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.