Oil Analysis

One of the oldest predictive maintenance technologies still used today is that of oil analysis. Oil analysis is used to define three basic machine conditions related to the lubrication system:

  1. The condition of the oil – test the viscosity, acidity, etc.
  2. The condition of the lubrication system – test for water content, silicon, or other contaminants
  3. The condition of the machine itself – analyze wear particles existing in the lubricant

Taking samples from your active, low-pressure line ahead of any filtration devices is a good way to indicate the condition of the oil, lubrication system and machine. For consistent results and accurate trending, be sure to take samples from the same place in the system each and every time. A full analysis will help determine the condition of the lubricant, excessive wearing of oil-wetted parts and the presence of contamination.