ICP analysis determines three classes of elements present in in-service lubricating oils. It measures the type and amounts of wear metals, contaminant elements and lubricant additive elements present in oil samples.
Ferrous debris present in in-service oils is indicative of iron wear occurring in machine components. PQ analysis is a rapid method to determine the presence of magnetic iron particles present in used oil samples.
This is a rapid test to measure water contamination of lubricating oils. The presence of water in engine oils can have catastrophic results on engine systems. Moisture presence also promotes corrosion in machinery, and degrades the lubricant, causing it to emulsify, thicken and gel. A sputter test can help detect and prevent component failure.
FTIR analysis of in-service lubricants is used to monitor equipment health and lubricant condition. FTIR spectroscopy produces information on base oil degradation, contamination build-up and additive depletion in lubricants during normal machinery operation.
Many petroleum products are used in lubricating moving parts in machinery. The proper operation of these equipment depends on the correct thickness or viscosity of the lubricating oil being used. Using the oils with the correct viscosity will maximise machine life, saving time and money.
Solid particles present in hydraulic fluids interferes with the fluids ability to lubricate and causes wear to hydraulic systems. The Particle Count test helps measure the cleanliness of hydraulic fluids in transmission and gear systems.
Fuel dilution of engine oil often occurs during normal engine operation. However, excessive fuel dilution will lower the oil’s viscosity and lead to increased wear of engine components. The Fuel Dilution Test determines the magnitude of fuel dilution and is an indicator of possible engine performance issues.
Secondary tests are performed to confirm the outcomes from the routine primary analysis or may be requested by customers. For example, microscopic analysis may be performed to confirm whether an elevated metal result from ICP analysis is due to solid wear particles in the oil or from the metal being in solution in the lubricant.
A string of analysis is conducted on coolants to monitor their condition. Contaminants in coolants, corrosion inhibitor depletion and antifreeze contents are measured to trend coolant condition and identify possible cooling system problems.