oil sample being poured into sample vial
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.
Karl Fischer Testing Apparatus
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.
turbine
Turbines are critical to the operation of power generation plants, however when one goes down it has major costs associated with maintenance activities and downtime. Advanced annual oil analysis provides an additional layer of insurance, recommended by organizations like ASTM and EPRI. The testing is aligned with common issues that turbine oils often encounter.
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.
journey of the sample
See what an oil sample goes through when you send it to the Trico Corporation for Oil Analysis. Get a sneak-peek into our process from when it first arrives, through all the series of tests, until the results come back to you!
Ferrographic analysis is used to help pinpoint the source of particles. The particles contained in the lubricant carry detailed information about the condition of the machine. This information is deduced from particle shape, composition, size, and concentration. But where do you start to obtain that information? A ferrogram is the first step.
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 true representative sample is a key first step in obtaining quality information from your oil analysis program. Obtaining those samples with consistency and ease can be done with the installation of pitot tubes. But how do you properly install them?
One of the most important aspects of an oil analysis program is the sampling of the oil. The method and tools used to take an oil sample will dictate how informative the oil sample will be and, subsequently, how beneficial the results will be.