As one part of a predictive maintenance program, oil analysis provides immediate information on the state of a machine’s lubricant but, when tracked over time, oil samples provide information about the machine’s condition and exhibits trends to its performance. Becoming aware of the lubricant’s properties can help eliminate future problems and costly repairs.
What are we looking to find out from oil analysis? We want to see the oil’s properties (base oil and additives), any contaminants, and if there is any wear debris from the machinery. The analysis of oil will often detect a problem that is not showing any visible signs. By realizing a problem before it happens is the basis for accurate and valuable predictive maintenance. For example, oil analysis will detect the presence of wear in gearboxes 60 to 90 days prior to vibration.
Oil analysis results are stored and trended which provides an integrated single source of critical machinery information for your plant's preventive, predictive, and proactive maintenance program.
Please feel free to contact us to discuss how oil analysis can benefit your maintenance program.