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What is Oil Analysis?

KnowledgeOil analysis is a predictive maintenance technology that allows users to diagnose lubricant and machine issues. Predictive maintenance technologies are geared towards catching problems before they occur. The best use of oil analysis is tracking and trending values over time. This technology determines chemical and physical properties of the lubricant. These properties can be utilized to make an informed maintenance decision about the condition of the equipment and lubricant.

Oil analysis is similar to a routine blood test. By looking at a blood sample, a physician can determine the overall health of the individual. The same can be said for oil analysis. The analysis results give the end user an idea about the overall health of the equipment being tested.

There are other predictive maintenance technologies like vibration, thermography, ultra-sound, and motor current signature analysis available in the market place. Out of all these, oil analysis is by far the cheapest predictive maintenance technology. For literally pennies on the dollar you can receive a dramatic return on your maintenance dollars by employing oil analysis.

In today's current economic climate and the ever changing pricing of petroleum products, it is hard to believe many companies fail to see the benefits of oil analysis. If you are not performing oil analysis, you are missing the opportunity to save your company money.

Now, more than ever, you need oil analysis!

Knowledge Links
Oil analysis provides a wealth of of information. Follow the links below to learn more about oil analysis.
Oil Analysis Tests
Oil Analysis TestsRegular oil analysis can save money and increase your competitive advantage. Start by learning about these tests
Element Analysis
Element AnalysisThe composition of lubricants is an important factor in accessing the health and condition of both the lubricant and machine.
ViscosityViscosity is a lubricant’s resistance to flow at a specific temperature. It is fundamentally one of the most important properties of oil.
Particle Count
Particle CountUniversal standard for measuring and reporting particulate contamination levels in fluids. ISO 4406:99 is the newest and most commonly used cleanliness code.
ASTM Testing
ASTM TestingR&G Laboratories offers a full range of ASTM testing, these standardized testing methods are used to ensure the highest quality for lubricant analysis.

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