WHY & HOW?
Simple steps for Oil Analysis Success
A Costly Problem70% of rotating machinery failures are because of poor oil condition.
This is costing Irish Industry €1 Billion per annum in avoidable losses.
The CauseOne or a combination of; Heat, Moisture, and Dirt/Product contamination.
Modern oils are far more prone than their elder relatives to rapid degradation in service because of these factors.
A problem for me?Probably, it’s a silent killer.
Left undiagnosed, the machine cholesterol builds up, and results in a coronary episode.
PreventionKeep oils clean, dry and don’t mix with other oils.
Easier said than done. This requires an oil life-cycle management systems approach, specialised training for staff, and an oil analysis programme.
Business Health BenefitsIncreased asset availability and reliability.
Reduced machine downtime delivers less unplanned expenditure, and ultimately significant cost savings.
Monitor Oil in the Machine
like Blood in the Body
Because machines get cholestrol too..
Dedicated sample points must be correctly located. This will help accuracy and consistency of sampling and reduce labour effort.
Benchmark New Oil
A sample of the new unused oil should be sent for analysis. This will act as a reference against which used oil samples will be compared.
Correct test slates, quality lab testing and MLA specialised analysis interpretation & feedback are critical elements of an oil analysis program.
Clean colour coded lubricant handling equipment specific to each lubricant type prevents cross contamination and supports best practice onsite.
Standardised Sampling Procedures
If it’s not written down, it doesn’t happen as standard. Clear written procedures are essential.
It is easier for individuals to sample incorrectly than it is correctly. Staff require training in the standardised sample collection method to ensure accuracy and consistency.