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Ask the Expert: Oil Analysis for Railroad Fleets

Posted by Professor Dan on June 14, 2018

Historically rail fleets were one of the first users of oil analysis for reliability. Oil analysis for predictive monitoring was first used by the US railroad industry to monitor the health of locomotives. In 1946 the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad's research laboratory successfully detected diesel engine problems through wear metal analysis of used oils. This practice continues to this day.




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Topics: How to, Fleets

Ask the Expert: Oil Analysis in Power Generation

Posted by Professor Dan on May 30, 2018

Uptime is one of the key considerations for all power generators. Electricity supply must equal demand at all times. Downtime, especially unplanned downtime, is very difficult to deal with and can be quite costly. Fortunately condition based monitoring can go a long way towards preventing unscheduled downtime and achieving uptime goals in excess of 98%. In particular, on-site oil analysis is a key tool used by power generators to avoid unplanned outages.

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Topics: Industrial, How to

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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