Food and Beverage

Food and Beverage - Spectro Scientific

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Manufacturers of food and beverages typically have a high volume of product passing through their facilities at all times. For this reason, any unexpected downtime can be very costly in terms of lost production. In addition, many food and beverage facilities have difficult challenges associated with lubricant contamination.

Many of these facilities have a lot of water or steam being used to clean and sterilize products and packaging. Water can get into the lubrication oil and become a very troublesome contaminant. Facilities also often deal with airborne contaminants like sugar and other fine, powdery foods that can contaminate oils.

Often there are special oils used that comply with NSF standard like H1, H2 and H3. So any oil analysis must be able to handle these specialty lubricants.


Water is one of the worst contaminants for lubrication oil. Water contamination can greatly affect the oil’s viscosity and can also lead to rusting of machine components. Traditional methods for measuring water contamination, like Karl Fischer titration, can be costly, time-consuming and impossible to use outside of a laboratory environment.

Fortunately water contamination can be measured quickly and easily using the FluidScan. The FluidScan requires only a couple drops of oil and one minute to run the analysis. Results compare quite favorably with laboratory Karl Fischer results without the need for special training, solvents and dangerous acids.

Contamination of oil is big problem. Contamination can come in the form of debris and wear particles, but water can also be a critical contaminant. The cost of downtime is extremely high in food processing plants. Therefore quick turnaround of test results is essential to keeping a plant up and running. On-site oil analysis gives answers in minutes.


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. 

FerroCheck 2000 Series - Ferrous Wear Metal Measurement In Lubricants

The FerroCheck 2000 Series of portable ferrous analyzers offer accuracy and convenience for total ferrous measurement of in-service lubricating oil and grease. Fast and easy to use samples are analyzed in less than 30 seconds. Small sample volumes of just 1.5 ml of oil or 0.75 ml of grease are needed to measure ferrous content in part per million (ppm) by weight.  The FerroCheck measures the total ferrous content of both small particles from normal machine wear and large abnormal wear particles.


FluidScan® 1000 Series - Handheld Infrared Oil Analyzer

The FluidScan® 1000 series handheld Infrared oil analyzer 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. It is compliant with ASTM D7889 “Standard Test Method for Field Determination of In-Service Fluid Properties Using IR Spectroscopy”.