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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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If you look at the running costs of your machinery or fleet of vehicles there are some usual suspects that are the big costs for your business. One of these is fuel. It is so widely known as a major cost of running any engine that it is the major focus of all machinery manufacturers and even the smallest progression steps in efficiency are marketed heavily to the end users.

Look at the next car advert you see, I bet somewhere in the advert will be a mention of the vehicles efficiency for fuel...
Oil and fuel analysis can reduce your fuel costs by up to 12%.
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This article will answer the following questions:

How dirty is my lube oil and how do I check my lubrcating oil cleanliness?


What are ISO 4406 and NAS SAE 4059 particle counts?

Everyone loves an underdog, but this is one example where you don't want them to win.

Dirt particles smaller than can be seen with the naked eye may appear small when compared to towering machinery. However dirt particles are one of the number one causes of premature machinery failures. Although the part...
David vs Goliath. Why you want Goliath to win? How dirt can destroy your machinery and oil sampling can detect this early to prevent a failure.
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PQ – this is a dimension absent value indicating the amount of ferrous (i.e. Iron, Steel, Cobalt or Nickel - magnetic) material in the sample. Standard Iron results are performed by ICP (Inductively coupled plasma) and measures particles ideally less than 5 to 10µm. By comparison the width of a human hair is 80µm. Therefore large ferrous particles that can be seen by eye will be underestimated by ICP. Hence the PQ method detects small and large particles and the test can be used with iron to...
PQ - Measuring abnormal sized ferrous / iron wear particles in lube oils
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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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This article will answer the following questions?


How do I know if my fuel is of a good quality?


Why do I need to test my diesel fuel?


What does BS EN590 mean when I see it written on fuel pumps?


How can a laboratory confirm if fuel is of a good quality or become contaminated or adulterated?


What effect does biodiesel have on my vehicle?


Why misfueling is a serious problem and can potentially impact a warranty claim?

The EN590 Specification is the legal specification for...
What is the EN590 specification for diesel fuel?
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This article will answer the following questions:


How clean / dirty is my oil?


How can I get my oil to last longer?


How can I prevent abrasive wear in my machinery?

Make your equipment run up to 7 X longer with clean oil.

With oil analysis you can independently identify the condition of your lubricant and set yourselves targets to improve the fluid cleanliness with filtration suppliers.

Particle counts can vary dramatically between manufacturers and methods, so to ensure you are c...
Extend and Improve equipment life 7 times with clean oil. Test for lube contamination 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.