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It is that time of year to think about budget planning and investing in your lubrication program. It can be the single greatest factor in decreasing unplanned downtime. It also provides the greatest ROI. It doesn’t matter where you are in your lubrication program, as long as you continue to plan to improve it incrementally, you’ll see these benefits. Let’s look at how to achieve this and how it relates to budget planning.
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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.
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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.
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 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.