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This article will answer the following questions:


Why do compressors fail or not work?


Is my oil or coolant contaminated with water?


Why is my compressor running hot?


When should I change my compressor oil?


When does my desiccant need changing?

Industrial air compressors are used all over the world for many different uses ranging from filling up tyres and gas cylinders to powering pneumatic tools to large industrial manufacturing processes to delivering air required in manuf...
Your compressor is failing and you don't even know it
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I recently had a long weekend in the south of England and did a little sight seeing getting the most out of my national trust and English heritage passes. Whilst there, I visited stone henge, one of the UK's and potentially the world's most recognisable ancient monuments. Listening to the audio tour, the guide was explaining about the numerous restoration projects that had taken place on the site and one peaked my interest.

In 1900 one of the larger trilithons (the two parallel stones with on...
Can you make your lube oil last 5000 years?
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Oil analysis is often spoken about in terms of large diggers, ships, production machinery in factories, power generation, and large fleets of vehicles such as rail, truck and buses. It is not usually mentioned in terms of cars. I mean obviously labs have looked at the car industry before when promoting oil analysis simply because of the size of the market, but since the main selling point has often been on reducing downtime costs the industry has always gravitated around machinery with large cos...
Why you should be sampling your vehicle / car oil, fuel and coolant?
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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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As part of my consultancy services I am often asked to visit a client's site to help them identify the source of lube or fuel issue. This has ranged from individual business customers having problems on site to being a key part of a dispute resolution as an independent party between product suppliers (machinery, fuel, lubes, coolant, DEF/ adblue, etc) and end users.

One thing that never ceases to amaze me is how many people are not aware of good lubricant storage and handling practices despit...
Why lieing down is better than standing up for your oil?
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This article will answer the following questions:


Why is my hydraulic oil or fuel turning black?


Why are air handling properties of an oil important for good lubricant health.


Is my hydraulic pump cavitating?


I have recently switched oil types and now my oil has turned black - why is this?


How does air cause my oil or fuel to turn black?Air entrainment can be a major issue in your lube oil. Not only is air a poor lubricant so can lead to increased wear, it can also lead to your...
What is microdieseling & why does it turn my oil / fuel black?
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As part of my consultancy services I am often asked to visit a client's site to help them identify the source of lube or fuel issue. This has ranged from individual business customers having problems on site to being a key part of a dispute resolution as an independent party between product suppliers (machinery, fuel, lubes, coolant, DEF/ adblue, etc) and end users.

One thing that never ceases to amaze me is how many people are not aware of good lubricant storage and handling practices despit...
Why lieing down is better than standing up for your oil?
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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.