OIL CONDITION MONITORING(OCM)


Oil analysis is a preventive maintenance tool that provides diagnostic testing designed to evaluate lubricant condition, component wear and contamination in mobile and industrial applications. Routine Oil analysis can detect lubricant or equipment issues before major problems develop.

Used oil analysis is a scientific method for determining the condition of oil and the condition of the system in which the oil was used. It is very similar to the analysis of blood in humans. Certain conditions present in oil can be directly traced to abnormalities in the lubrication system, just as blood tests detect physical illness. This science can be applied to any system that uses oil as a lubricant. Problems with engine, hydraulic, gear case, and compressor systems can all be diagnosed through oil analysis.

Oil analysis fights equipment failure in a predictive maintenance regime. In an environment where equipment is expected to run 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week under extreme operating conditions, equipment failure can quickly bring production to a halt. This can turn your normal workday run into an excruciating marathon. Our oil analysis laboratory can help you understand what’s going on.

Proper, comprehensive oil sampling and analysis helps maintenance managers and commercial equipment operators determine the cleanliness of system fluids and the condition of components such as pumps, bearing motors, valves, and cylinders, in a hydraulic system. This removes the burden of having to physically disassemble the system to inspect components. Oil sampling and analysis can help reduce maintenance and operating costs, as well as increase equipment reliability, and extend equipment life. Similarly, diesel fuel analysis is an integral part of preventative maintenance programs for commercial fleets and off-road equipment used in agricultural, construction, mining and marine applications.

ISO certified, employing state-of-the-art technology, and staffed by a technical and science team whose members’ average more than 15 years of experience in oil analysis, our Oil Check oil analysis laboratory helps us deliver on our promise of Assuring Machine Health. The laboratory’s highly automated process provides a thorough examination of your lubricants, engine oils, or coolants, generating a comprehensive report on your lubrication system. Oil Check oil analysis is designed to detect abnormalities in a lubrication system and provide the earliest possible warning of impending trouble. By trending wear metals and contaminants, we can make maintenance recommendations that will help you prevent unpredictable and costly equipment downtime, and maximize your equipment’s productive life.

Oil Analysis Benefits

Oil analysis allows maintenance managers to track the condition of components by trending particle counts, wear metals, or element levels in the sample and tracking the rates-of-wear of critical components. Tracking the rate-of-wear of pumps, motors, bearings, and valves allows maintenance managers to predict when a component would likely fail and schedule equipment repairs before the component actually fails. Scheduling equipment repairs, rather than reacting to a failure, allows a plant to have replacement equipment available or parts in stock and technicians on hand to minimize or avoid downtime. Fluid analysis data trending also allows a plant to schedule preventive maintenance servicing on a schedule that best suits the company’s manufacturing load. Accurate fluid condition data allows maintenance managers to change oils and coolants only when a change is required, extending the time intervals between changes. This in turn, reduces maintenance costs, lubricant consumption and disposal costs, and increases productivity and machine uptime. 

Oil Analysis Helps You Save Money

Maximize Oil Drain Intervals.
Monitoring the condition of the oil allows you to optimize drain intervals so that you can capitalize on the fluid’s full service life. Performing fewer oil changes minimizes maintenance costs and maximizes uptime.

Extend Equipment Life.
Monitoring system cleanliness and filtration efficiency can help you keep your equipment longer and significantly reduce replacement costs.
Prevent Major Problems.
State-of-the-art Oil analysis identifies dirt, wear particles, fuel dilution, coolant and other contaminants that can cause catastrophic failure or significantly shorten equipment life.

Fuel Analysis Benefits

Diesel fuel analysis allows fleet managers and heavy equipment operators to evaluate critical fuel performance characteristics that can affect equipment performance, assess competitive fuel offerings, avoid costly equipment damage and downtime caused by fuel contamination, and determine the shelf life of stored fuel. Coupling fuel analysis with engine oil, gear oil, and hydraulic fluid analysis, can provide a powerful mechanism for reducing unscheduled downtime and extending the productive life of your equipment. Physical and chemical tests are available to analyze lubricants. These tests can pinpoint levels and sources of contamination and quantify any loss of oil additives. This information provides maintenance managers with a “look” inside the lubrication system and allows them to “see” its condition.

Parameters can you test in the field:

  • Viscosity
  • Moisture
  • TBN
  • Insoluble
  • TAN
  • Particles
  • Ferrous Wear Debris

We offer the following in Oil analysis Program:

  • Identify the Critical Equipment &Sample point.
  • Installs sampling port.
  • Coordinate sample shipments from the lab to your site in time.
  • Work with our lab services division to identify & solve equipment problems.
  • Correlate lab results and produce report.

Some of Sampling Valves/Ports

Sample Ports are used for on-line sampling and monitoring of system fluids without system shutdown. The ports incorporate a check valve, for reduction of fluid contamination which is normally closed until opened by the sampling adapter when a fluid sample is drawn. They are equipped with a protective dust cap, to eliminate ingression of contamination in the system.

Pitot Sampling Tubes/Probes

Pitot Sampling Tubes are designed to provide a safe, simple, and effective method of sampling fluids from sumps and non-flooded horizontal drain lines. They ensure oil samples are drawn from the most appropriate location of the sump reservoir, and that the sample is taken from the exact location inside the system each time. This is important for maintaining consistency in routine sampling. 

Liquid Level Gauge Sampling Ports

Liquid Level Gauge Sample Ports offer the same sample benefits as pitot sampling tubes; however, they provide easy viewing of the fluid level and condition. They are ideal for bearing housings and other non-pressurized applications.

Vacuum Pump

The vacuum pump is a necessary tool for extracting an oil sample from the sample port. Used in combination with a sample port adapter, flexible tubing, and a sample bottle, it allows users to connect to any sample port for contamination-free oil sampling.