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Ask the Expert: Pump Oil Analysis

Posted by Professor Dan on March 12, 2018

Pumps are used in industrial and fleet applications to move liquids and gases. Most pumps used in industrial applications are either positive displacement or centrifugal.  In both cases bearings are the component that must be lubricated and monitored. Rotary positive displacement pumps have gears, screws, lobes or vanes which are also lubricated, usually by the fluid they are pumping, whether it is a lubricant or an oil /air mix. 

 

 

 

 

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Topics: Industrial, Fleets

Estimate your annual savings

Posted by Janet Keefe on March 06, 2018

When companies are considering adding on-site oil analysis capability to their maintenance program with the MicroLab analyzer they typically want to know how quickly the investment will pay off for them. To help fleets evaluate the potential savings that on-site oil analysis can bring to them we developed a savings calculator that allows you to input specific information about your fleet to determine the estimated annual savings you may achieve.

 The calculator considers three areas of savings potential.

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Topics: Fleets

Ask the Expert: Oil Analysis for Hydraulic Systems

Posted by Professor Dan on February 13, 2018

Hydraulic systems are used in industrial, mobile and aviation applications to transmit power to operate equipment. They are incredibly efficient, compact, and lightweight relative to a mechanical equivalent. Hydraulic fluids transmit force in the system, and as such are carefully chosen by the system maker.  Chemical stability, high flash and fire points, viscosity, and oxidation resistance are all valued, and as a result mineral and synthetic hydrocarbon fluids are selected for mobile and industrial systems, whereas functional chemicals such as phosphate esters are chosen for aviation and specialized industrial applications.  

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Topics: Industrial, Fleets

Ask the Expert: Engine Oil Analysis

Posted by Daniel Walsh on January 15, 2018

Oil analysis was first employed on engines as a predictive maintenance tool, and it remains a predominant technique for insuring the reliability of engine systems. Reciprocating internal combustion engines power most of the world's mobile equipment, such as cars, trucks, buses, locomotives, mining equipment, agricultural equipment and are also common in stationary backup power generators, oil and gas exploration rigs, and pipeline compression stations.  

 

 

 

 

 

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Guide To Coolant In Oil Test Methods

Posted by Augustus Kaskons on December 16, 2016

There are 5 common tests for glycol in engine oil. These include:

  • IR Spectroscopy
  • Atomic Emission Spectroscopy
  • Blotter Test
  • Schiffer's Reagent Method
  • Gas Chromatography

Liquid cooled engines and rotating equipment use glycol based coolants because of their excellent heat transfer abilities. However, glycol based coolants are not desirable at all in lubrication oil itself – Coolant ingression to the lubricant is a particularly nasty contaminant for the variety of damage it can cause. Glycol coolants break down in the high temperature engine environment, leading to formation of glycolic acids. These acids attack nonferrous bearing surfaces and form metal salts. The acids also react with the oil anti wear and anti oxidant additives and, along with water, create sludges that plug filters and cause the oil to lose its lubricity properties, thus increasing abrasive wear. Glycol contamination in engines and transmissions is considered to be a more severe contaminant than water alone (up to 10 times more damaging). Depending on the oil temperature, the glycol coolant may break down rapidly, or over time. This instability is a major challenge for determining the true glycol content in the oil at a given time, and is the major reason why field and lab tests often do not agree with each other.

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Topics: Fleets

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

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

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

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