In-service oil analysis is a key machine condition monitoring technique. In the time it takes external laboratories to return oil sample results, machinery condition can significantly change. On-site oil analysis eliminates the wait and enables immediate decision making.

An on-site oil analysis program can be divided into four levels ranging from basic oil analysis kits to check specific parameters to a full service central lab with automation for high volume testing. Testing requirements and instrumentation for lubricants from diesel engines are different than for lubricants from gear boxes and turbines. Below is a simple solution guide for implementing an on-site oil analysis program.

Purpose Rotating Machines Engines & Generators

Level 1
Route Based Oil Analysis

 
      Viscosity            MiniVisc 3050    Viscosity         MiniVisc 3000
 Ferrous Wear  FerroCheck 2000   Ferrous Wear  FerroCheck 2000
Level 2
Contamination Control
   Water   FluidScan 1100   Water, Coolant      FluidScan 1000 
 Particulates       LaserNet 210   Fuel Dilution         FDM 6000

Level 3
On Site Oil Lab
(Level 1 + Level 2)

 

Particle Analysis 
Oil Chemistry 
MiniLab 53
Viscosity
Elemental   
Oil Chemistry
MicroLab 30
Viscosity

 

plus
Elemental          MiniLab 153
 
plus
Particle Count MicroLab 40
 
Level 4
Full Size Oil Lab
         Automation LIMS                Industrial Tribology Lab (ITL)                SpectroTrack