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This is not normally seen to the same extent with other wear metals, so what makes copper so special?
Engine LeachingWhen an oil is added to an engine, it usually contains an anti-wear additive. The most common of these is ZDDP or Zinc dia...
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...
Lubricating oil properties are derived from a combination of the base oil used and the additives used to enhance or remove certain desirable/undesirable characteristics. There are 5 groups of base oils – there are no good or bad groups and all the base oils have their purposes for different industries and applications. Groups 1 and 2 are mineral oils, and tend to be good solven...
The largest fluid analysis decisions I have been involved in were in the >£100M+ category, but the nature of some of these topics is too sensitive to discuss on this blog. Therefore, I will discuss 3 smaller £1M decisions I had...
TBN / Total Base Number (aka Base Number / BN) are usually calcium or magnesium based “antacid” tablets lube manufacturers put in the oil to neutralise acids protecting engines. Sounds good. However too much TBN can cause ash in the engine, so it is often a careful balance of choosing an oil with a TBN that’s right for yo...
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 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.
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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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.