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 20 years of experience in oil analysis, our OilChek® 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 Chek® 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 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.
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.