Imagine being able to see exactly what's happening inside an engine, a gearbox or hydraulic system. Oil Analyzers Fluid Analysis is a preventive maintenance tool that provides a picture of both the fluid condition and the internal condition of a component or system without disassembly. Oil Analyzers Fluid Analysis will:
- Extend oil drain intervals - Monitoring the condition of the oil optimizes drain intervals so that you get the most out of the fluid you're paying for. Fewer oil changes minimize maintenance costs and maximize uptime. Example: This OTR trucker, using oil analysis and AMSOIL By-pass Filters, went 409,000 miles without changing his oil. See the results of a full engine teardown inspection.
- Extend equipment life - Monitoring system cleanliness and filtration efficiency allows you to keep your equipment longer and significantly reduce replacement costs.
- Identify minor problems before they become major failures - State-of-the-art fluid analysis identifies dirt, wear particles, fuel dilution, and coolant - contaminants that can cause catastrophic failure or significantly shorten equipment life.
- Maximize asset reliability - Testing and analysis ensures that units are up, running and making money.
- Increase resale value - Analysis results provide valuable sampling history documentation that easily justifies higher equipment resale values.
High Quality Testing
The Oil Analyzers Fluid Analysis Program utilizes independent ISO 17025 A2LA accredited
testing laboratories. This is the highest level of quality attainable by a testing laboratory backed
by the most stringent accrediting body in the industry. You can be confident that the results you
receive are accurate, repeatable, and traceable to a standard and that your fluid analysis
program is supported by a documented quality system you can depend on to deliver superior
testing and customer services.
See the Oil Analyzer full color brochure and sample tests reports (1.5MB PDF)
- Motor Oil
- Diesel Oil
- Gear Lube
- Transmission Fluid
- Hydraulic Oil
- Compressor Oil
- Diesel Fuel
Innovative Information Technology Solutions
The Oil Analyzers Fluid Analysis Program's online reporting software shows you how to get the most from your information. Using Horizon online you receive results fast - almost immediately after sample processing is complete. The software's management reports can then take your fluid analysis program to the next level by helping you manage your data and your program efficiently and effectively.
A single sampling analysis is useful in providing information when critical failure conditions exist. However,
trend analysis is a better tool for estimating the useful life or overall condition of your engine or equipment.
Trend analysis samples are taken and analyzed at regularly scheduled intervals. Comparing the most recent
analysis to previous reports on a given machine shows the development of trends. Monitoring these trends enables
early detection of internal abnormalities. Tested values falling within acceptable limits may show a pattern of
subtle variance, which could signal a developing problem.
Machines of the same type will accumulate contaminants and wear at different rates. Performing trend analysis on each machine is the most effective method of giving you an internal look at your equipment and enabling you to deal with developing problems before they become catastrophic situations.
The frequency of sample analysis from your equipment depends on the machine type, machine application and
condition, operating environment and other variables. For example, many machines that operate in harsh
environments, such as heavy equipment in mining or construction, require short oil sampling intervals - every 100
to 300 operating hours. However, certain power transmission systems, such as gearboxes and hydraulic systems used
inside manufacturing and production facilities, require no more than quarterly sampling intervals. The following
table lists generic sampling frequencies for common equipment types, and is provided as a guideline only.
Additional information is available from Oil Analyzers Inc., your lubricant supplier, and the equipment
Collecting a clean and representative oil sample is critical to the oil analysis process. Put simply, an oil analysis is only as good as the sample taken. The accuracy and reliability of the data produced by an analysis hinges on receiving a representative sample from the equipment to be tested. To assure that the sample extracted is representative of the system, always follow proper sampling procedures.
Oil Analyzers Fluid Analysis will show you how
regular sampling and trend analysis - monitoring
test data over an extended period of time - will
provide the information you need to continually
maximize asset reliability, and, ultimately, increase
company profits. Comparing a component's most
recent samples to its historical data is instrumental
in identifying trends that can pinpoint potential
Although an equipment manufacturer's recommendations provide a good starting point for developing preventative maintenance practices, sampling intervals can easily vary. How critical a piece of equipment is to production is a major consideration for determining sampling frequency, as are environmental factors such as hot, dirty operating conditions, short trips with heavy loads and excessive idle times. Fluid analysis is most effective when samples are representative of typical operating conditions. Dirt, system debris, water and light fuels tend to separate from the lubricants and coolants when system temperatures cool. For optimum results, consider the following best practices:
- Take samples while systems are operating under normal conditions or immediately after shutdown while they are still at operating temperature.
- Take samples at regularly scheduled intervals.
- Take samples from the same sampling point each time.
Whether you're a seasoned veteran or a first-time sampler, a well-designed, quality fluid analysis program puts you on track for well-managed, cost-effective equipment maintenance programming.
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