Machine condition monitoring using oil analysis is a predictive maintenance solution for industrial environments. An oil analysis program allows for reduction in unexpected failures and costly downtime for manufacturing components such as gears, pumps, compressors, engines, bearings, hydraulic systems, and other machinery.


An effective oil analysis program is key to maintaining the optimal health of your manufacturing assets. These assets include the various pumps, gears, bearings, compressors, engines, hydraulic systems, and other oil-dependent machinery on which manufacturing processes rely. Oil analysis programs are used to help maintain machinery health and optimize equipment operation.

Typical Tests

At Spectro Scientific, we leverage our proven expertise in instrumentation development and our keen understanding of condition-based monitoring tools and practices. Whether your test is conducted in the field or in a lab, we deliver solutions that help protect your investments. In addition, our machinery health products each address specific situational needs common to a wide range of industrial applications.


Particle count - a high particle count or a rapid increase in particles can foreshadow an imminent failure. 

Particle composition - it is often important to understand the elemental composition of particles in order to find out where they came from. Optical Emission Spectroscopy gives the user elemental information for up to 32 elements, from Li to Ce (varies with application).

Particle type - The size, shape and opacity of particles is used to determine if they are from cutting wear, sliding wear, fatigue wear, nonmetallic or fibers. This allows operators to determine the type of wear debris, wear mode and potential source from internal machinery components.

Ferrous wear - Ferrous wear measurement is a critical requirement for monitoring machine condition. The high sensitivity magnetometer measures and reports ferrous content in ppm/ml, and provides ferrous particle count and size distribution for large ferrous particles.


Total Acid Number (TAN) - TAN is measured to determine the corrosive potential of lubrication oils. If the TAN gets too high the oil can induce corrosion of machine parts and should be changed.

Viscosity - The main function of lubrication oil is to create and maintain a lubrication film between two moving metal surfaces. Insuring the viscosity is within recommended ranges is one of the most important tests one can run on lube oil. 


Water - Water contamination in industrial oils can cause severe issues with machinery components.  The presence of water can alter the viscosity of a lubricant as well as cause chemical changes resulting in additive depletion and the formation of acids, sludge, and varnish. 

Power Gen & Industrial Products

LNF Q200 Series - Oil Particle Counter

Particle Counter, Wear Particle Classifier, Ferrous Monitor
Application: Machine Condition Based Monitoring
The Spectro LNF Q200 series features LaserNet Fines®, the world’s best particle counter technology.  With an intuitive, configurable GUI and no calibration required, the Q200 series is fast, accurate and easy to use.


FluidScanĀ® Q1100 - Portable Oil Analyzer

Eliminating uncertainty in oil condition.
The FluidScan® Q1100 provides direct quantitative measurement of a lubricant’s condition and plays an important role in Machine Condition Monitoring (MCM) for proactive and predictive maintenance in Reliability Management programs. It determines when oil needs to be serviced due to degradation of the oil chemistry or contamination by other fluids such as water or the wrong oil. 

MiniLab 153 - On-Site Oil Analyzer

Comprehensive Oil Analysis Solutions For Industrial Machinery
With four simple test, the MiniLab 153 delivers comprehensive on-site oil analysis, providing immediate actionable results, saving time and reducing costs. Highlights of this system include:

  • One product, delivering lab-quality analysis outside of the lab
  • Simplified workflow for the non-expert user, no chemist required 
  • Simplified data handling and report interpretation via OilView and Trivector reporting