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This article will answer the following questions?


How do I avoid high vehicle servicing, repair and MOT costs?


How to reduce oil changes and lubricant costs?


How to make sure vehicle repair costs are genuine?

In May 2018 the UK law surrounding the vehicle inspection on cars termed the MOT changed.

One of the more publicised points in the media was that if your vehicle is shown to have a serious mechanical fault you run the risk of being fined or receiving points on your licence eve...
Scared MOT new rules will leave you helpless? Then sample your oil before your MOT is due.
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This article will answer the following questions:


How do I identify the cause of a machine failure?


Why do bearings fail?


How do I prevent loss of production / increase asset utilisation?


This was an interesting sample I came across recently, I thought I would make into a case study. The bearing on a conveyor line in a food production factory failed suddenly causing a whole production process to go down. The bearing was sent to the manufacturer and the grease was sent t...
Case study: failed greased bearing cost £100k by not sampling. Don't make the same mistake and have regular oil & grease analysis
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Bitesize Diagnosis - element source and limits for lubricated machinery. Where do aluminium, copper, iron, calcium, phosphorus, zinc, lead and tin come from in a lube oil sample.
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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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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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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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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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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.