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Root cause analysis is a powerful tool for investigating equipment problems when combined with oil analysis. It helps to identify what happened, why it happened, and what can be done to prevent it from happening again.
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It is sometimes difficult to decide which test method should be used to determine water content in lubricating oils. Whichever method is used, one thing is certain – water is one of the major causes of lubricant, component, and machine failure.
journey of the lubricant diagram
Using Oil Intelligence to follow the lubricant's journey from arrival through its life cycle, you can see how every step offers an opportunity to implement practices that mitigate risks.
Taking reference samples at arrival, storage, and transfer
To get more value from oil analysis, it is important to take reference samples so you’re not missing out on valuable insights.
Low oil sample volume in bottle
When too little oil sample volume is submitted to an oil analysis lab it prevents the lab from performing all the necessary tests required to analyze the lubricant condition. This causes delays in receiving your results as well as time and money wasted.
Focusing on wear particles as part of your oil analysis program is key in preventing equipment failure. However, when it comes to wear particle detection and analysis, there are a number of test methods available. Become familiar with each test and when it is appropriate to use them.
A Combined Cycle Power Generation plant adapts their lubrication and reliability program to address the various stages of the Journey of the Lubricant and realizes the full potential of a preventative lubrication and reliability program.
A major chemical plant was changing oil in one of their blowers every 4 months. By utilizing oil analysis and eliminating contamination through filtration they were able to drastically extend their oil change intervals, saving maintenance time and costs.
The way oil samples are labeled, packaged, and mailed plays an important role in the speed and effectiveness of your results. Follow these simple dos and don'ts to improve your oil sampling submission method.
Get a little help sorting through the numbers and convoluted terminology, so you can make the most of this important reliability intel.