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We have all heard the phrase if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. It’s a common excuse people tell me when I ask why they don’t do oil analysis yet.



They are often surprised when I tell them I agree with them. Just I have a different opinion at what point I call something broken. Is a fuel leak issue a problem when we notice a large viscosity drop at the lab, the point the car struggles to start and is making black smoke or the point the engine fails and it catches fire. Technically all 3 stages ...
If it ain’t broke don’t fix it, but how do you know it’s broken?
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Silicon has many sources and it's not all sand



I was asked the question the other day how high would silicon have to be in an oil before you would change it based on that parameter alone. The system in question was an injection moulding machine which have exceptionally strict cleanliness levels. The samples were not tested by our lab, but the lab they were using was a reputable one and the results for silicon were between 40 and 70ppm with nothing else highlighted. To answer this question, it...
Where does that silicon keep coming from? Is it all bad and can it be helpful in my oil? Bonus feature - how do anti-foams works
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A Day In The Life Of An Oil Sample.
Have you ever wondered what happens to your oil after you’ve sent it to our laboratory? In this blog series, we will be discussing some of the tests your oil may be put through and how they give us an insight into the health of your equipment.

 
Kinematic Viscosity (KV).
Viscosity (thickness) levels are the most important property of an oil to ensure your equipment functions safely and efficiently.

The purpose of lubricating oil is to separate an...
Kinematic Viscosity - A Day In The Life Of An Oil Sample
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The average sample that comes into the lab has around 30 to 60 different tests on it depending on the sample type and suite. However, labs can't always perform every one of them every time. This is sometimes because the customer hasn't provided enough sample so if you have a test that requires 50 ml and the customer only provided 30ml then the lab will naturally struggle to perform the test. However, today I want to talk about when a lab chooses not to perform a test because a sample is too cont...
What to do when your sample is too contaminated to test?
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2020 was the year of COVID and lockdowns, come January 1st 2021 many of us hoped for a better and brighter year. While mass vaccinations, an easing of restrictions and being allowed to see family and friends in person has made all our lives better, over the last few months it feels like the country is taking a massive step backwards. We now have to contend with the soaring cost of living, fuel and energy shortages and rising levels of a new COVID variant. All these factors have put massive press...
Oil Analysis Laboratories - Never the Scrooge at Christmas!
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Is it on the floor or out the exhaust. Oil analysis can help you find the cause of your increased oil consumption, avoid a failure and save money. This article will answer the following questions.


Why is my engine burning oil?




Why am I needing to top-up my engine oil?

So your oil consumption has increased recently. The obvious first point of call may be to take a look on your drive to see if there is a dirty oil patch building up underneath. But what if there is no leak, why is your e...
Oil consumption gone up?
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Fact: Oil and water don't mix...



You perhaps learnt this fact not long after the sky is blue. These are long-established terms, but just as the sky can sometimes be red, so can oil mix with water in the right conditions. This is an important exception to the rule to learn when talking about lubricating oils because this may be a desirable or undesirable property depending on what you are trying to achieve.



Why oil and water mixing might be good?



Water is a poor lubricant and...
Yes, Oil and Water DO actually mix, but is that good or bad?
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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.