Oil analysis - Progressive monitoring system

Oil analysis extends the equipment life by effectively monitoring early stage wear of the equipment and condition of the lubricant. Lubricants are replaced upon condition rather than time based routines.

 

Oil condition monitoring programs provide early stage monitoring of wear debris within the equipment compartments. However wear particulate may be so small that it is virtually invisible to the human eye; with the thickness of a human hair being approximately 40 microns and wear particulate ranging in size from 4 to 14 micron which is barely visible. It is by general consensus that this poses understandable questions from maintenance personnel as to what we are getting for our money or why we are sampling and monitoring clean lubricants. The answer is very simple; and that is small issues become large issues in a relatively short period of time and can occur when you least expect it. This can and will impact on production output at the most inappropriate times.

With the target now-a-days to get more value for money, it makes better sense when establishing an oil condition monitoring program to develop progressive monitoring system which provide low end monitoring techniques to establish operational trends for the equipment. In other words, why pay for the more expensive testing methods when it's not needed. If and when abnormalities occur; more advanced sampling techniques are utilised to pinpoint the root cause of the failure mode, this methodology translates to massive savings for the company.

 

In summary:

Monitor with low end screening tests

Progress to more advanced testing techniques = "SAVINGS TO THE CLIENT"