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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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Sometimes oil analysis prices can seem too good to be true - and sometimes they are!

Even if you have ensured the analysis is being performed by a reputable lab, OEM or Lube oil supplier and there are no hidden management fees – return postage charges are often forgotten; even more so - if you are shipping across country borders – costs may be greater than the analysis charge itself.

This can be particularly confusing to buyers, who are naturally price conscious and who may not appreciate ...
Postage - the hidden cost of oil analysis. Find out how to reduce your oil analysis costs.
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This article will answer the following questions:

How to reduce lube oils costs and cheaper lubricant bills?


How to extend oil drain change intervals?
How to effectively plan cheaper oil changes?

If it costs you £50k to change your oil you are naturally going to be cautious about doing so without needing to. So traditional approaches of changing your oil E.g. every 3 years don’t really seem to add up if your oil could go for 4 years, whilst the cost of the machinery failure ...
Why partial oil changes don't make financial sense.
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Foam in a lubricated system can be a real problem. That is because foam is a poor lubricant and can cause significant wear within a lubricated system if the lubricant film is replaced with foam. However, most foam people talk about in lubricated systems is cosmetic foam. This is foam that can spill over the side of machines during operation and although there is a slip hazard from the oil spilling over, most of this foam never reaches the parts of the system where it could cause damage. This is ...
Detecting Lubricant Foaming. What it means and is there a better way to test?
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Are lubricants being designed more to pass a specification than real world conditions?Almost without exception every machinery lubricant you can name will have had a raft of new lubricant tests before you even knew it existed. These can range from the additive manufacturers test bed testing to equipment manufacturer approval tests to even batch production testing to confirm the product still meets specification before being released from the production line to the end users.

You only need to lo...
Why new lubricant testing is no longer up to the job - is it time to shake things up?
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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 is an interesting case study for a sample we received recently from a vehicle dealer. The reason for the sample was the temperature sensor of the cooling system had become corroded and the customer wanted to know why.

The engine coolant was known to be a generic brand rather than the OEM recommended brand. The vehicle dealer suspected the wrong brand of coolant was the cause.

The analysis showed the coolant was ever so slightly under concentrated at 47% glycol by refractometer rather than...
Why is my truck coolant temperature sensor all corroded?
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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.