Oil analysis is a scientific way to ensure that the lubricant is performing as expected. It is a well documented process that involves taking a sample of a lubricant, whether fresh oil or used, and analyzing it for various properties and materials to monitor wear metals and contamination. By analyzing a sample of used oil, one can determine the wear rate, and overall service condition of a machine, along with spotting potential problems and imminent failure before it happens. This has become a critical tool in certain industries such as energy, aviation, racing, and commercial shipping fleets where downtime due to engine failure can be costly and potentially dangerous.
High-quality oil analysis is one of the most powerful tools in a lubrication program. It can help detect incipient machine failures and if or when the machines are going to fail, it can help determine timely oil change intervals to optimize machine reliability at the lowest possible cost, or it can also extend oil drain intervals.
Oil analysis labs work hard to place critical machine condition data at owners fingertips, but it’s up to the oil condition monitoring manager to take it the rest of the way. It is vital to learn a systematic approach to translating oil analysis reports into actionable maintenance decisions by asking the right questions and knowing how to find those answers.
MENTUM is experienced enough to know how to “interrogate” Your machine, select the right tests for measuring the right data points for specific processes, environments and machine conditions. This ensures achieving accurate and consistent data collection, removing data noise to accurately identify false results, elemental analysis interpretation, interpreting metallurgical composition combinations to identify wear modes, setting key performance indicators and alarm limits to ensure customers receive critical early warnings of impending failures and root cause conditions.