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  • New Oil Analysis Handbook

    New Oil Analysis Handbook

    Third edition contains more How To articles and more case studies It has been more than two years since we published the first edition of the Oil Analysis Handbook. Our original goal was to compile a comprehensive reference book of common ...

  • On-site Oil Analysis to extend oil drain intervals

    On-site Oil Analysis to extend oil drain intervals

    Fleets demonstrate ROI on do it yourself oil analysis “If the oil is good, why would you change it?” Gary Lentsch, CAFM, fleet manager for Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB), asked himself. And more importantly, how much was it ...

  • Guide To Coolant In Oil Test Methods

    Guide To Coolant In Oil Test Methods

    Liquid cooled engines and rotating equipment use glycol based coolants because of their excellent heat transfer abilities. However, glycol based coolants are not desirable at all in lubrication oil itself – Coolant ingression to the lubricant ...

  • Overview of Rotating Disc Electrode (RDE) Optical Emission Spectroscopy for In-Service Oil Analysis

    Overview of Rotating Disc Electrode (RDE) Optical Emission Spectroscopy for In-Service Oil Analysis

    Introduction The basis of modern oil analysis 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 else an oil lab may measure, a ...

  • Automated Oil Particle Analysis Helps Prevent Gearbox Failures

    Automated Oil Particle Analysis Helps Prevent Gearbox Failures

    The major issue for premature failure in wind turbine gearboxes is bearing failure, which leads to gearbox failure. A wind turbine gearbox will not survive if the oil is not clean and especially if the hard ferrous particles are not removed from ...

  • Oil Sampling Best Practices

    Oil Sampling Best Practices

    Obtaining a representative oil sample from a closed loop lubrication system is essential to any good oil analysis program. As oil analysis programs become more standardized for routine monitoring, especially within equipment warranty support ...

  • Oil Sampling Best Practices (Part 2)

    Oil Sampling Best Practices (Part 2)

    Understanding Dynamic Particle Equilibrium in Closed Loop Systems Dynamic Equilibrium Condition (DEC) is defined as a steady state condition where the normal wear rate in a machine results in no net gain or loss of particles. Knowing what that ...

  • Case study - Kitsap transit avoids two engine failures in three months with on-site oil analysis

    Case study - Kitsap transit avoids two engine failures in three months with on-site oil analysis

    Kitsap Transit is a public transportation agency, based in Bremerton, Washington and serving the county of Kitsap, which operates routed bus service, foot ferry service and service for elderly and disabled passengers. The agency has long been ...

  • Case study - Oil analysis - House Calls - Help reduce offshore equipment failures

    Case study - Oil analysis - House Calls - Help reduce offshore equipment failures

    A new approach It is hard to think of another environment where an equipment failure could have a greater negative impact on employee safety and lost production than an offshore oil and gas production platform. Yet offshore platforms are among the ...

    Chad Dyson

  • A Faster and Better FluidScan with Version 5

    A Faster and Better FluidScan with Version 5

    Measure water contamination in turbine oils down to 300 ppm The latest version of FluidScan software can detect total water presence as low as 300 ppm in turbine oils.  The method provides an alternative to laboratory tests such as Karl ...

  • Ferrous Wear Metal Measurement Made Easy with the FerroCheck

    Ferrous Wear Metal Measurement Made Easy with the FerroCheck

    Historically, one of the most cost-effective indicators of machinery health has been the analysis of ferrous debris in oil. Such analysis utilizes the ferromagnetic properties of generated debris to perform the analysis. Since nearly all wear debris ...

    John Morgan

  • A quick guide to oil analysis for engine test applications

    A quick guide to oil analysis for engine test applications

    Reliability testing is a very important component of new engine development. Engineers need to fully understand and chart the engine lifetime performance under a variety of conditions before mass production may be considered. Many important ...

    Yuegang Zhao

  • United States Coast Guard (USCG) Implements Handheld Technology for Onboard Oil Testing in New Cutters - Case Study

    United States Coast Guard (USCG) Implements Handheld Technology for Onboard Oil Testing in New Cutters - Case Study

    With a motto of “Always Ready,” the United States Coast Guard (USCG) has 11 missions specified by law including drug and migrant interdiction; ports, waterways and coastal security; fishery patrols; search and rescue; and national ...

    John Morgan

  • Oil Analysis for Hydraulic Systems

    Oil Analysis for Hydraulic Systems

    Hydraulic systems are used in industrial, mobile and aviation applications to transmit power to operate equipment. They are incredibly efficient, compact, and lightweight relative to a mechanical equivalent. Hydraulic fluids transmit force in the ...

    Daniel Walsh

  • Analyzing Lubricant and Machinery Condition Using Q5800 Portable Oil Analysis Lab - Case study

    Analyzing Lubricant and Machinery Condition Using Q5800 Portable Oil Analysis Lab - Case study

    Overview The United States Marine Corps (USMCJ maintains a fleet of thousands of mechanized vehicles consisting of heavy equipment ranging from bulldozers to transport vehicles and armored vehicles. A decade ago, they participated in an oil analysis ...

  • Large City Fleet Saves $2M Using Oil Analysis  to Extend Oil Drain Intervals  - Case study

    Large City Fleet Saves $2M Using Oil Analysis to Extend Oil Drain Intervals - Case study

    Condition-based maintenance saves time and money and increases productivity A large municipality in the northwestern United States operates over 1.700 vehicles and over 3.000 pieces of motorized equipment ranging from riding lawn mowers to ...

  • In-House Oil Analysis Lab Saves Gold Mine Millions in Downtime, Repair and Replacement Costs

    In-House Oil Analysis Lab Saves Gold Mine Millions in Downtime, Repair and Replacement Costs

    A low-grade surface mining operation depends upon huge and expensive equipment such as Hitachi 5500 shovels and Caterpillar 793 haul trucks. Oil analysis is essential to identify problems so they can be corrected before they cause equipment to go ...

  • Wallem and AO Schiffahrt uses FluidScan for Shipboard Condition Monitoring - Case study

    Wallem and AO Schiffahrt uses FluidScan for Shipboard Condition Monitoring - Case study

    With depressed freight rates and overcapacity of shipping on lucrative trade routes, most shipping companies across the world are now practicing "slow steaming" operations. Operating the main "two-stroke" engines at 40-60% of their nominal output ...

  • Oil Analysis Helps Water Plant Cut Annual Maintenance - Case study

    Oil Analysis Helps Water Plant Cut Annual Maintenance - Case study

    The city of Chandler (Ariz.) Municipal Utilities Department (MUD) employs coagulation, sedimentation, active flow control and filtration to produce 60 million gal per day (mgd) of water at its surface water treatment plant. In addition, the system ...

    Lawrence Green

  • Taking matters into hand - Case Study

    Taking matters into hand - Case Study

    Biofuels must be up to scratch as contaminated or improperly blended fuel can damage a  company’s bottom line. To ensure product quality several options exist including laboratory analysis, field test kits and portable lab ...

    Luke Buxton