Even when using top quality lubrication products and following correct storage and usage programmes, a lubrication solution can fall flat without consistent, accurate monitoring of the condition of your oil. Oil analysis is critical to understand how well your lubrication programme is working, and to tweak it as and when required.
Callum Ford, National Marketing Manager at Lubrication Engineers (LE), says that oil analysis is important, regardless of whether the oil is in an engine, gearbox, circulating system or mainline power generation turbine. “What people tend to underestimate is the role that implementing an oil analysis programme plays in improving their bottom line,” he says. “An effective oil analysis programme can help you to ensure you purchase the correct quantities of lubricant and use less of it, as well as keeping fewer items in inventory. Furthermore, it optimises your lubrication cycle, from procurement to disposal. It means you use less labour and you experience less downtime.”
Ford says oil analysis allows people to understand and manage the mechanical, operational and environmental factors affecting their equipment and oil lifespan. “For example, we’ve found that one of the biggest problems our customers face is oil contamination, which compromises product effectiveness and increases the rate at which oil degrades, and can ultimately damage equipment,” he says. “Regular oil analysis can detect increased levels of contamination before it becomes a problem.”