Operation problems in machines, engines and other components are often reflected in quality condition of the lubricant oil being used. Regularly scheduled lubricant analysis can identify mechanical problems before they impact the efficient running of machinery, avoiding costly headaches later on. Lubricants have to work under demanding conditions, exposed to constant high pressures, temperatures and other harmful factors, including water contamination, corrosion, raw fuel, and air ingested particles. Scheduled lubricant quality testing and expert advice can avoid and mitigate costly component or system failures and unscheduled maintenance.
A Powerful Technique which predicts the internal condition of the machine in a nonintrusive way by the study of worn particles. A small sample of lubricating oil or grease is needed to prepare a slide on a glass plate for examination under a powerful microscope with the help of various light conditions. The shape, size, texture, color and concentration indicate the machine as well as the oil status. Physical and chemical properties tests along with microscopic examination reveals the oil condition and its usability.
Lubrication can be expensive and resource intensive to replace-especially in plant that is expected to operate 24/7. Extending the life of lubricants can reduce lubrication interventions and therefore decrease.
By changing oil”on condition”. You can ensure that the machines lubricant is always performing at its best to reduce wear in the moving parts and lengthen intervals between overhauls and end of useful life.
Many businesses use oil analysis to help avoid costly breakdowns by giving them a view of potential failures before they occur. Using this knowledge to schedule in corrective maintenance during scheduled downtime or non-peak running reduces your risk exposure to failures greatly.
Oil analysis can show you what wear or damage is occurring inside your machines without strip downs or overhaul. It often allows you to see the rate of degradation (with a series of samples taken over time) and therefore decide what the optimum moment will be for intervention.
If you can “see” what wear is occurring inside your machines and determine where, you can target your maintenance accordingly rather than overhauling the whole machine. Oil analysis is a main component of an “on condition” maintenance regime.
Using predictive and on-condition maintenance techniques such as oil analysis allows you to utilize your maintenance team better. They spend more of their time ensuring that machines keep running, rather than just reacting when they fail.
Oil analysis of lubricants, is a vital tool in avoiding costly failures and ensuring a long life for your machinery and equipment.The four main components of condition monitoring are: