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Mining Company Prevents Four Engine Failures Using On-site Oil Analysis

Posted by John Morgan on March 22, 2016

Learn how a gold mine saved more than $1 million in repair costs and lost operating time using an on-site Industrial Tribology Lab (ITL) for predictive maintenance. 

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Topics: Fleets

Emulsion Breaking Techniques for Oil in Water Solvent Extractions

Posted by John Morgan on March 10, 2016

Certain types of samples, such as those containing detergent, may form emulsions when doing an oil in water extraction into a solvent. The boundary between the solvent and the sample will have an emulsion layer that has a cloudy or milky appearance as shown in this photo.

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The Monitor, Q1 Newsletter

Posted by John Morgan on March 01, 2016
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Topics: Industrial, Case Study, Fleets

ASTM Award of Excellence Presented to Patrick Henning

Posted by John Morgan on January 28, 2016

The ASTM International Committee D02.96 on Petroleum Products, Liquid Fuels, and Lubricants recently presented their Award of Excellence to Spectro Scientific's Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Patrick Henning. 

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Maintenance Savings for Fleets

Posted by John Morgan on December 09, 2015

Maintaining a fleet of vehicles can be very costly, particularly if that fleet works under difficult conditions, such as a fleet of mining vehicles or a fleet of municipal buses and trucks. Fleet managers are on the lookout for any cost savings they can find. Oil analysis is one area that can offer significant savings and greatly improve workflow in the garage. We've created a savings calculator to estimate how much money a fleet could save by doing oil analysis in house. 

There are three main areas of savings available to fleet maintenance managers:

  • Savings on used oil analysis
  • Savings from extending oil drain intervals
  • Savings from early diagnosis of problems
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Topics: Fleets

Three Benefits of In-service Oil Analysis Equipment

Posted by John Morgan on December 02, 2015

 In-service oil analysis equipment monitors the status of lubricants for optimal performance. These instruments alert operators to potential problems before they develop.

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Portable and Cost-effective Machine Condition Monitoring for the Military

Posted by John Morgan on November 19, 2015

Readiness is key for a military force. People and equipment need to be ready at a moment's notice for whatever mission is likely to arise, from combat to natural disasters to humanitarian missions. System failures simply can't be tolerated. Compact and portable machine condition monitoring equipment allows the military to ensure that its vehicles and machinery remain in ideal working condition.

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5 Methods for Measuring Water in Lubrication Oil

Posted by John Morgan on November 12, 2015


We have all heard the saying, “Oil and water don’t mix.” Unfortunately that doesn’t necessarily apply to lubrication oils. Water can exist in several states in lubrication oils and can do quite a bit of damage to valuable assets if left unchecked. In this guide we explore the challenges posed by water in lubrication oils and discuss the methods available to reliability professionals for measuring water in oil.

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. Water testing is always a part of any lubricant condition monitoring program.  Water contamination in industrial oils with strong water separation properties has been historically difficult to measure with any technique.

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Avoiding Machinery Wear and Corrosion

Posted by John Morgan on October 12, 2015

While it is true that all machines eventually wear out, proper maintenance and care can improve machinery health and longevity. This is particularly true with regard to the two most common types of machine degradation: corrosion and wear.

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Kitsap Transit Uses MicroLab for Predictive Maintenance

Posted by John Morgan on September 03, 2015

Kitsap Transit is a public transportation agency, based in Bremerton, Washington and serving the county of Kitsap, which operates routed bus service, foot ferry service and service for elderly and disabled passengers. The agency has long been concerned with preventing engine failures and optimizing maintenance schedules for its fleet of approximately 362 pieces of equipment including transit buses, cutaway small buses, vans and three passenger only ferries.

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