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?
Implementing a color-coding system into your lubrication program is one of the easiest, most cost-effective ways to prevent adding the wrong lubricant to your equipment and preventing cross-contamination. Learn how to incorporate color into each stage of the Journey of the Lubricant® in this article.
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.
If your plant has problems with maintaining the quality of lubricant – and based on our data, we bet it does – you might want to review this article on properly protecting your equipment.
Get a better understanding on monitoring particle counts, so you can take the appropriate corrective actions before machine failure occurs.
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.
Lubricant contamination can happen in many unexpected ways, leading to costly downtime. Pay attention to threats not just at the equipment, but throughout the lubricant’s journey in your facility.
How, where, and when oil samples are extracted influence the integrity of your oil analysis data. Knowing the goals of oil sampling will help you understand why oil sampling is a vital and necessary function to the oil analysis process.