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WHAT IS OIL ANALYSIS

WHAT IS OIL ANALYSIS


Overview

Oil is the lifeblood of machines and equipment. Through oil analysis, we can identify the performance or condition of equipment from determining the degree of wear (normal or abnormal), degree of oil degradation, and degree of oil contamination.

CRE Lab's used oil analysis increases the plant equipment's reliability and availability, and the lubricant's useful life while minimizing maintenance cost which is associated with lubrication failure mode, labor, and downtime.

Benefits of Oil Analysis

CRE Lab services are strategically aligned to provide clients with the maximum benefits of oil analysis, maintain profitability and availability of your assets.

We are committed to provide excellent service at a reasonable cost, to meet time frames through our fast turnaround, and to understand the importance of time to the clients’ bottom line.

  Short-Term Benefits

There are five key areas in which a regular-routine oil analysis will benefit you in the short-term:


    •    Know the oil condition if it is suitable for continued use

    •    Know the condition of your equipment

    •    Troubleshoot equipment and their problems

    •    Determine projected time to serious failure

    •    Spot-check on regular basis or preventive maintenance (PM) program

    •    Support root cause analysis with recommendations

  Long-Term Benefits

After a long period of implementing regular-routine oil analysis, there are eight key areas in which routine oil analysis will benefit in the long-term:


    •    Trend line analysis to identify problems in the early stage

    •    Monitor extended oil drain intervals

    •    Able to plan and make repair or replace decisions

    •    Create, rebuild, or repair acceptance specifications

    •    Identify poor maintenance or repair practices and procedures

    •    Identify excessive operating conditions

    •    Support warranty claims

    •    Support root cause analysis with recommendations

CRE Lab Oil Analysis Methodology

A number of established methodologies have been further advanced to establish and provide quality oil analysis service, accurate interpretation of results and faster turnaround.

  1. Full equipment inventory and operating condition
  2. Standardization and calibration of equipment
  3. Review operating procedures and work instruction
  4. Continuous training of laboratory staff
  5. CRE Lab staff are certified by International Council of Machinery Lubrication

CRE Lab Oil Analysis Services

MACHINE WEAR CONDITION

  • » RDE fine wear metals
  • » RFS course wear metals
  • » Double Wear Check
  • » Ferrographic Analysis
    • » Filtergram for non-ferrous wear metals
    • » Ferrogram for ferrous wear metals

FLUID PROPERTIES / FLUID OR OIL CONDITION

  • » FTIR Spectroscopy
  • » Viscosity , Kinematic @ 40 °c
  • » Viscosity , Kinematic @ 100 °c
  • » Viscosity Index
  • » TAN (Total Acid Number)
  • » TBN (Total Base Number)
  • » Flash Point
  • » RUL or RULER™

CONTAMINATION CONDITION

  • » Particle Count or Fluid Cleanliness Test
  • » Water by crackle
  • » Water by FTIR Spectroscopy
  • » Water by Distillation
  • » Water by Karl Fisher Co-distillation
  • » Fuel Dilution
  • » Gravimetric Analysis
  • » VsPI™ (Varnish and Sludge Potential Index)

GREASE TESTING

  • » Penetration
  • » Dropping Point
  • » FTIR

PERFORMANCE TEST

  • » Foaming Characteristics
  • » Air Release
  • » Water Separability Characteristics
  • » Oil Filterability
  • » RPVOT (Rotating Pressure Vessel Oxidation Test)
 


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A Successful Oil Analysis Program Flowchart

SELECT EQUIPMENT

SAMPLE LOCATION
SAMPLE FREQUENCY
ROUTINE AND EXCEPTION TEST SLATE SELECTION
CLEANLINESS TARGET AND LIMIT SETTING
REVIEW DATA
INTERPRET DATA AND MAKE DECISIONS ON CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT
Starting an Oil Analysis Program

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How to Extract a Sample

Sampling Resources


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Properly Labeling the Sample


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How to Fill-out the Sample Information Sheet


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How to Read an Oil Analysis Report

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