Collecting and Testing Samples
An oil analysis lab collects a small sample of fluid from a compactor, turbine, compressor, transformer or other equipment. The sample is then put through a battery of standardized tests. Every piece of equipment is unique in terms of how it affects the oil's composition over time. Some machinery operates at high heat, slowly but surely changing the molecular structure of the petroleum product used as a lubricant. The presence of contaminants from an outside source indicates a leak in the system. A buildup of metal fragments will clearly show that structural integrity of the equipment is failing.
Even the location from which the sample was taken is important to oil testing laboratories. The technicians performing the analysis are highly educated in the areas of machine function, heat and pressure. The fluid is carefully examined for the presence of water, dirt, grime or soot that may be caused by the wearing a way of equipment parts or cracks in the machinery itself. Any foreign substance found in the oil can be traced directly back to a particular machine part. If there is abnormal wear of bearings, gears, pistons or shafts, oil analysis will correctly identify the source.
Establishing A Predictability Model
An initial test of industrial fluid will show if there is an immediate problem with a piece of equipment. It will also clearly show whether the correct fluid is being used for any one type of machinery. Repeated tests at regular intervals will be compared, and a graph of equipment behavior will be constructed. This is invaluable to companies wanting to save money on machine repair costs. The oil analysis lab will work closely with the client in order to construct a probability model for machine breakdown. A routine maintenance schedule can be put together for all machinery used by the client, and the oil sampling Service Company will monitor the results of subsequent tests, informing the client if an accelerated equipment problem is occurring.
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Company Training Program
Fluid testing laboratories are equipped to conduct in-house training for companies wanting to enhance their oil analysis programs. One of the problems many companies face is how to accurately determine the wear and tear rate of specialized machinery. Some of the inferior oil sample test results show only the chemical metamorphosis of the fluid itself. However, a professional oil analysis service is familiar with all types of industrial equipment and can design a sampling program for each piece of machinery. An oil testing laboratory offers an affordable way for any industrial firm to set up an ongoing analysis of its heavy equipment. No work stoppage is necessary, and companies will not lose valuable production time.