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  • Spectrovisc Q3000 Series Viscometer – A Portable Kinematic Oil Analysis Solution for Field-Based Users

    Spectrovisc Q3000 Series Viscometer – A Portable Kinematic Oil Analysis Solution for Field-Based Users

    1. Traditional Viscometer Theory and Design Current viscosity measurement techniques rely heavily on the use of capillary, cone and plate, and concentric cylinder viscometers. These devices are mainly limited to the laboratory setting and contain ...

    Patrick Henning

  • Extended Measurement Ranges for Testing Oil Content in Water and/or Soil with the InfraCal 2 Analyzers

    Extended Measurement Ranges for Testing Oil Content in Water and/or Soil with the InfraCal 2 Analyzers

    There are several options for InfraCal users who would like to measure from sub-ppm to percent levels of fats, oil and grease (FOG) or total petroleum hydrocarbons in water, drill cuttings or soil. The new InfraCal 2 has the capability of multiple ...

  • Emulsion breaking techniques for oil in water solvent extractions

    Emulsion breaking techniques for oil in water solvent extractions

    Certain types of samples, such as those containing detergent, may form emulsions when doing an oil in water extraction into a solvent. The boundary between the solvent and the sample will have an emulsion layer that has a cloudy or milky appearance ...

  • Lasernet Fines Q200 – A Solution to Oil Analysis Including Particle Count and Particle Shape Classification

    Lasernet Fines Q200 – A Solution to Oil Analysis Including Particle Count and Particle Shape Classification

    LNF Technology Jointly developed by Lockheed Martin and the Naval Research Laboratory with the Office of Naval Research. LNF is a particle shape classifier that also provides a highly accurate particle count for particles greater than 4 um using ...

  • Guide to Measuring Water in Oil

    Guide to Measuring Water in Oil

    We have all heard the saying, “Oil and water don’t mix.” Unfortunately that doesn’t necessarily apply to lubrication oils. Water can exist in several states in lubrication oils and can do quite a bit of damage to valuable ...

  • Guide to Particle Measurement Techniques

    Guide to Particle Measurement Techniques

    Background Particle counting is a critical aspect of any machine conditioning program and there are many tools out there available to monitor and track the quantity and severity of the contamination, be it due to external contamination or machine ...

  • SpectrOil — The Accurate and Dependable Choicefor In-Service Oil And Fuel Analysis

    SpectrOil — The Accurate and Dependable Choicefor In-Service Oil And Fuel Analysis

    Introduction The basis of modern oil analysis programs is the use of optical emission spectroscopy (OES) to measure the ppm (parts per million) levels of wear metals, contaminants, and additives in oil samples. Whatever an oil lab may need to ...

  • Establishing wear particle limits using the theory of Dynamic Equilibrium Condition (DEC) to predict when abnormal wear modes are taking place in machinery

    Establishing wear particle limits using the theory of Dynamic Equilibrium Condition (DEC) to predict when abnormal wear modes are taking place in machinery

    The basis of modern oil analysis programs is the use of optical emission spectroscopy (OES) to measure the ppm (parts per million) levels of wear metals, contaminants, and additives in oil samples. Whatever an oil lab may need to measure, ...

  • MicroLab Series – Fully Automated Oil Analyzer

    MicroLab Series – Fully Automated Oil Analyzer

    Introduction The MicroLab 1 is a fully automated, bench-top analyzer specifically designed for the analysis of oil samples to provide comprehensive analytical and diagnostic results of engine, generator, gearbox, hydraulics, power steering and ...

  • Trending Parameters for Machinery Wear on the LaserNet 200 Series

    Trending Parameters for Machinery Wear on the LaserNet 200 Series

    The Beginner`s Guide to Trending Parameters for Machinery Wear on the LaserNet 200 Series Establishing alarm limits and condemnation levels for large machinery wear particles is a common topic discussed among reliability professionals. Equipment ...

    Lisa Williams

  • How to Monitor Lubricant Mix-Up

    How to Monitor Lubricant Mix-Up

    What is lubricant mix-up? Lubricant mix-up describes any situation where the lubricant, new or in service, does not meet the exact specification requirement. Why is it an issue? If the correct oil is not present in the system, or there is a bit ...

  • A Major Municipal Laboratory Reduces FOG Measurement Time from 24 Hours to 10 Minutes with Infrared Analysis

    A Major Municipal Laboratory Reduces FOG Measurement Time from 24 Hours to 10 Minutes with Infrared Analysis

    A Major Municipal Laboratory`s analysts regularly perform Fats, Oil and Grease (FOG) measurements on wastewater samples from various industrial plants and apartment buildings. In the past, these measurements were all performed with Environmental ...

    Augustus Kaskons

  • Measuring Oil Viscosity

    Measuring Oil Viscosity

    Measuring the Viscosity of an Oil Viscosity is the measurement of an oil’s resistance to flow.  Typically, we can expect viscosity to decrease with a temperature increase, and increase with a temperature decrease. Viscosity and ...

    Lisa Williams

  • Monitoring Water Concentration in Oil

    Monitoring Water Concentration in Oil

    How does water enter the oil? Routinely monitoring water concentration in oil is an important part of any oil condition monitoring program. Water can enter the oil as a result of environmental conditions, condensation from cooler areas of the ...

    Lisa Williams

  • Measuring water with the Fluidscan fluid condition monitor

    Measuring water with the Fluidscan fluid condition monitor

    Abstract Water in oil can manifest itself in many forms – from dissolved to emulsified, to free water with oil. How water will be present in a given oil depends on the nature of the oil formulation as well as sample preparation conditions. The ...

    Patrick F. Henning

  • On-Site Oil Analysis for Aerospace

    On-Site Oil Analysis for Aerospace

    When talking about aviation assets one asset stands above the rest - the aircraft. There are approximately thirty thousand airliners in service today, used for both passenger and freight transportation. This number includes hundreds of thousands of ...

    Professor Dan

  • Beyond Karl Fischer: Titration Methods

    Beyond Karl Fischer: Titration Methods

    Almost every industry is concerned about water concentration levels in some way. Food and pharmaceuticals automatically come to mind, but fuel, explosives, agri-chem, and polymer processing businesses (to name a few) all rely on moisture content as ...

    Angelo DePalma

  • LNF particle count – How low can you go?

    LNF particle count – How low can you go?

    Contamination control is an important aspect of oil condition monitoring for fluid power applications, and it’s important to be able to reliably report clean oil cleanliness levels - especially for larger particles. Large abrasive ...

    Dan Walsh;Tom Barraclough

  • LaserNet fines Q230 technology

    LaserNet fines Q230 technology

    The LNF Q230 offers a patent-pending, completely unique, coordinated analysis of particulate via imaging and magnetic sensing. This capability enables this device to do things that none before it have done. We can characterize BOTH the image of a ...

    Pat Henning

  • Detection of abnormal wear particles in hydraulic fluids via electromagnetic sensor and particle imaging technologies

    Detection of abnormal wear particles in hydraulic fluids via electromagnetic sensor and particle imaging technologies

    Abstract Particle imaging, electromagnetic, ferrographic, and spectroscopic methods were used to evaluate hydraulic oil samples collected from machines known to be generating abnormal wear particles. Analytical ferrography confirmed the presence of ...

    Thomas Barraclough;Patrick Henning;Andrew Velasquez;Jordan Saikia;Paul Michael