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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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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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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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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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The below list is a general guide for additive concentrations in lubricating oils. This list is not definitive and with the recent emergence of Nano-technology and ashless additives that are not metal based the variation between different additive packages formulations will change greatly. The best way to confirm the additive element concentration for your lubricating oil is to send an unused sample for reference to the lab, or contact your lubricant supplier for details. Additive concentrations...
Oil additives - functions & typical concentrations. What do calcium, phosphorus, zinc, molybdenum and oil additives do in your lube oil?
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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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It's January and we are all trying to make small changes to our lives to improve ourselves and the world around us. But the same can be done for a business too. Being in the oil industry many assume that being green is not a priority and often many businesses in this sector have to go the extra mile to prove their green credentials.
"Oil analysis actually helps the environment"
You may find it surprising to know that oil analysis is actually very good for environnement as it helps:

Identi...
New Years Resolution Greener on Plastic usage in 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.