A Modern Machinery Oil Sample identifies abnormal wear and contaminants. A machine oil life varies by operating condition (environment, idle time, extended down time, and application severity).

What is analyzed in the oil?

The oil analysis lab conducts numerous tests on oil samples. The oil analysis lab conducts numerous tests on oil samples. Physical tests measure the physical characteristics of the oil – viscosity, water and glycol contamination. Infrared tests measure oxidation, nitration, fuel soot, sulfur content, anti-wear breakdown, glycol, water and fuel dilution. Spectrochemical analysis identifies and measures 21 specific elements of wear and additives in the oil.

Modern Machinery Offers Better Oil Analysis Service with Inductively Couples Plasma and Fourier Transform Infrared

Thermo Instrument, Randy StreckThis new state of the art high-tech instrument from Thermo Elemental is faster and more efficient than the previous instrument at our facility. With the increased throughput, our volume of 1,000 samples per month will get expedited more quickly. This new instrument gives our customers the added benefit of a 21 element test, resulting in more information about their equipment components.

Modern Machinery oil analysis lab also performs (FTIR) infrared testing on diesel engines. This instrumental technique allows the lab to determine numerous oil conditions. Oil Degradation – As your oil ages several things happen to it. The Oil chemically reacts with the air. If it combines with oxygen, it is called Oxidation. If it combines with nitrogen, it is called Nitration. Both cause the oil to thicken and cause buildup of a varnish – like material on component parts. Fluid Entry – In addition to the oil in your equipment, there are usually 3 other fluids flowing through the systems: water, antifreeze and diesel fuel. All 3 are critical to the proper functioning of your equipment – none belong in your oil! FTIR will detect the presence of Water, Soot, Fuel, Ethylene Glycol, Sulfur, Nitration, Oxidation, and Additive Depletion.

Going Beyond Wear Metal Analysis with Particle Count

Particle CountParticle Count, which is used for hydraulic, transmission, and other drive train system oil samples, is one of the best ways to identify metal particles up to 10 microns in size. Unlike Wear Metal Analysis, Particle Count detects metallic and non-metallic particles from 2 to 100 microns. This is measured in an industry standard code (ISO 4406) which gives a number in the 4, 6, and 14 micron measurement area.

Particle count is one of the best tests there is for maintaining system cleanliness.Another benefit of Particle Count is its ability to detect particles larger than 10 microns that cannot be seen by Wear Metal Analysis or any other oil analysis test. These larger particles are a sign of imminent failure if the problem is not corrected.

Primary use is for hydraulic systems, steering, transmissions, differentials, final drives, and planetary’s. Particle Count is only used for non-engine oil samples because engine oil contains soot that cannot be distinguished from metal particles or debris.

Particle Count Sample Uses and Benefits

  • Verifies filter performance
  • Confirms corrective maintenance
  • Verifies pump condition
  • Troubleshoots and isolates problems
  • Determines optimum filter change point
  • Detects high corrosive wear
  • Monitors machine break-in
  • Identifies abrasive wear conditions
  • Verifies bearing condition
  • Confirms target cleanliness levels are achieved
  • Verifies effectiveness of filter selection
  • Verifies shaft seal exclusion performance
  • Determines new oil cleanliness
  • Reliable component protection
  • Reduce downtime and major repairs
  • Component monitoring