Machinery Condition Monitoring with the Oil-Plus® Analysis System
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 Our facilities operate in accordance with International Standards for Quality Management and use state-of-the- art testing equipment that complies to ISO, ASTM and LMOA requirements.

Fluids Analysis Techniques

AE and FTIR Spectroscopy
The Atomic Emission (AE) Spectrometer determines the level of wear metals and contaminants in used lubricating oils and hydraulic fluids. The Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectrometer is used to identify organic materials by measuring the absorption of various infrared light wavelengths by the material of interest.

The kinematic viscosity of a fluid is determined by measuring the time for a volume of liquid to flow under gravity through a calibrated Zeitfuchs cross arm glass capillary tube suspended in a water or oil bath, maintained at a constant temperature of 100C or 40C.

Moisture Titration
The volumetric water content of used lubricating oil is determined by Karl Fischer titration.

Acid and Base Titration
The Automatic Potentiometric Titrator (Karl Fischer) is used for the determination of the concentration of a liquid or solid by titration method. This allows for the measurement of acidic and basic constituents of the fluid. From this it can be determined whether the additive system is still capable of neutralizing acid residues.

Reserve Alkalinity Titration
The Automatic Potentiometric Titrator is also used for the determination of the effectiveness and remaining life of a coolant, based on additive degradation and contamination.

ISO Cleanliness
A fluid contamination comparitor is used to estimate the amount and type of solid contamination in a hydraulic oil or lubricating oil. ISO Cleanliness Codes are given using the revised ISO 4406 (FDIS) procedure for reporting fluid cleanliness measurements resulting from APC's calibrated with the new NIST traceable method.

LMOA Pentane Insolubles
A filtration procedure, in accordance with the LMOA Fuels, Lubricants and Environmental Committee Standard Insolubles Test Method Revision 3, is used for the determination of coagulated pentane insolubles in used lubricating oils.

For an overview of the automated machinery oil analysis program click here.

To review the purpose and objectives of trend analysis click here.


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