Your engine’s blood is the lubricant flowing through it, allowing smooth operation and protecting the parts within the machinery from metal-to-metal wear.
To this end, periodic monitoring of lubricant health is vital to the maintenance of any vehicle. This is where oil analysis comes in handy.
You can take a sample of the lubricating oil used in the equipment, and send it over to a registered oil laboratory for analysis where a team of specialists analyse and interpret the findings of the analysis.
So what does an oil analysis involve, and why should you consider getting one from a certified oil analysis laboratory?
Types of oil analysis
An oil analysis can be done on three grounds.
- Oil quality test
To analyse the chemical and physical composition of the lubricant used, including the analysis of base oil and additive package.
These generally include tests to check oil viscosity, Quantitative Spectrophotometric Analysis (QSA), etc.
- Contaminant test
To analyse the types, variety and composition of contaminants found in the oil sample. This involves a range of tests, including moisture and particulate analysis, fuel, glycol and soot analysis, etc.
- Machinery health test
By analysing the debris found suspended in the sample resulting from machinery wear to check the condition of the equipment. This is achieved using different types of elemental analysis.
Based on the type of oil analysis you choose, you will get a detailed report on any one of the three outlined factors. Once you have the oil analysis results, you will then be able to effectively implement a contingency program, if needed.
Benefits of oil analysis
The benefits of oil sample analysis go a long way.
- It helps to protect valuable machinery and act early in case of damage or need for repair. Imagine having to replace an entire piece of costly equipment because you were unaware of the internal condition of your engine, lubricant used, and/or the contaminants that built up over time. This one small oversight would end up causing you a loss of your valuable time and resources. The solution: a simple oil sample analysis would give you an overview of the health of the equipment and help you protect it in time.
In case the analysis highlights the need for any repairs or changes, you can act swiftly to make amends before the damage escalates.
- It helps you extend the life and optimise performance of your equipment.
Well-oiled and well-managed machinery will last you a long time. Oil condition monitoring helps you schedule oil change, monitor lubricant condition and control the performance of the machinery so that it lasts long and functions optimally.
- At Runol, we do a lot more not than helping you decide when to schedule your next oil change. We work with you to boost the life and performance of your engines and industrial machinery by offering our state-of-the-art transformer and engine oil tests.
By conducting used and crude oil analysis, we can help you pinpoint underlying problems and make necessary improvements, so that you can save time, cost and resources to ensure seamless functioning.