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Intellectual Property at Spectro Scientific

Posted by John Morgan on August 09, 2016

Not only was Abraham Lincoln the 16th President of the United States of America, but he was also a patent attorney and a patent holder. Lincoln holds US patent #6,469 "Buoying Vessels Over Shoals". This patent describes a method of increasing the buoyancy of vessels through the use of inflatable bladders to guide them over, or free them from shoals or shallow waters.

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E-Guide for Measuring Oil Viscosity

Posted by Augustus Kaskons on July 27, 2016

The most important physical property of a lubricating oil is viscosity. It determines the load carrying ability of the oil as well as how easily it circulates. The correct balance between high viscosity for load carrying and low viscosity for ease of circulation must be considered for any lubricant and its application. Oil provides benefits in addition to lubrication, and it is vital that it be able to flow under all conditions. When in use, contaminants such as water, fuel entering the oil, oxidation, and soot all affect the viscosity. Therefore viscosity measurement is one of the more important tests for oil in a mechanical system. For machine condition monitoring, kinematic viscosity, defined as the resistance to flow under gravity, is the established method.

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Measuring TAN and TBN in Oil Samples

Posted by Augustus Kaskons on July 19, 2016

Monitoring TAN and TBN is an important test for measuring lubricant condition. There
are several methods available ranging from expensive laboratory methods to quick field
tests. In a laboratory setting, methods are chosen based on the highest accuracy and
repeatability that can be achieved with a decent throughput. Out in the field, it is most
important to get a trustworthy result quickly enough that preventative or corrective
maintenance action can be taken before major equipment failure. The best method to
use depends on the application need.

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Eliminate Degassing When Measuring Viscosity of Compressor Oils

Posted by Daniel Walsh on June 08, 2016

Compressor oils can create unique challenges when trying to measure viscosity. Dissolved gases from refrigerants, in particular, tend to bubble out when these oils are measured using traditional viscometers. This can create errors in the measurement, typically causing readings to be much lower than they should be. 

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Our Q2 Newsletter

Posted by John Morgan on May 12, 2016

Welcome to the second edition of Specto Scientific's quarterly newsletter, The Monitor. In this newsletter we will present a variety of topics for our valued customers, partners and prospects. Content will range from industry trends and application solutions to case studies and e-guides. We'd love to hear your ideas for making this communication a useful and meaningful tool. If you have a success story you'd like to share, or a topic you'd like to read about in future issues, please let us know. Happy Monitoring!!


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Guide to Measuring Particles in Oil

Posted by Daniel Walsh on May 02, 2016

Particle counting is a critical aspect of any machine conditioning program and
there are many tools out there available to monitor and track the quantity and
severity of the contamination, be it due to external contamination or machine

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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

5 Misconceptions About On-site Oil Analysis for Fleets

Posted by Janet Keefe on February 22, 2016


1. It takes a lot of specialized instrumentation

The days of needing a laboratory full of specialized equipment to do oil analysis are long gone. The MicoLab® all-in-one oil analyzer combines four separate analytical instruments into one compact device.  The MicroLab is used to test for elemental analysis, viscosity, oil chemistry and particle contamination. It only requires a small amount of space and is designed to be operated in non-lab environments, like garages, so it is easy to incorporate into your existing work space. 

MicroLab is a “lab in a box”

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Topics: Fleets