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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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This article will answer the following questions:


Why and how do lubricants fail?
Why do I need to change my oil?
Do I have to use the recommended oil for my machine?

Lubricant failure means the basic lubricant functions have become overwhelmed, which ultimately can lead to wear and machine failure. This article will discuss some of the ways lubricants can fail.
Under / insufficient lubricationThis can be thought of as anything preventing lube oil getting to the right places at the righ...
MISS! - The 4 most common ways lubricants fail to hit the target
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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 Adblue / Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF)?


What does Adblue / DEF do and how does it reduce NOx?


Why does Adblue need to be a pure 32.5% urea solution and why is it important to test it to ISO22241-2?

Why do I need to use a supplier that uses as independent lab to verify the Adblue quality?

What is Adblue?AdBlue or Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) is a solution of 32.5% Urea in de-ionised water. It is sprayed into the exhaust system o...
All you need to know about AdBlue Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) ISO22241-2
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What is a viscosity Index (VI)?

All oils thicken with decreasing temperature & thin when increase it. Thin oil takes little energy to move, but gives minimal separation of surfaces, whilst thick oil gives good separation but uses energy to move shafts through the lube meaning machinery operating temperatures have a big impact on wear rates & energy efficiency, hence why lube oil manufacturers try to work towards a perfect oil that stays the same thickness (viscosity) with temperature. B...
Viscosity index - how does your oil cope when it feels the burn
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This Article will answer the following questions?


What is Adblue / Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF)?


What does Adblue / DEF do and how does it reduce NOx?


Why does Adblue need to be a pure 32.5% urea solution and why is it important to test it to ISO22241-2?

Why do I need to use a supplier that uses as independent lab to verify the Adblue quality?

What is Adblue?AdBlue or Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) is a solution of 32.5% Urea in de-ionised water. It is sprayed into the exhaust system o...
All you need to know about AdBlue Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) ISO22241-2
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Machinery failure will cost you money, but with hydraulics that power so many every day pieces of equipment, failure can also cause accidents and loss of life. The reason is hydraulics are used to provide very precise but powerful movements. This is achieved by use of servo valves and other valve type devices to actively get oil to various parts of the machine to deliver power just when it is needed. If these become blocked by contamination or varnish then movements become jerky or uncontrolled....
4 out of 5 hydraulic failures are missed when you don't use 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.