FEATURED ARTICLE: Benefits of Oil Analysis Program

TECHNI-TIP: Use of Analysis in Monitoring Engine Condition

CUSTOMER TESTIMONIAL: Oil Analysis Program for Cup Manufacturing Company

MAY - JUN 2014: OIL ANALYSIS

FEATURED ARTICLE: Benefits of Oil Analysis Program     



Whether in an engine, circulating system, gearbox or mainline power generation turbine, an oil analysis program can help you improve your bottom line. This can be achieved through less lubricant purchase, fewer parts to keep in inventory, less lubricant consumption which means less used lubricant requiring disposal, less labor costs and less equipment downtime. The benefits to be obtained from an oil analysis program can have a tremendous impact on production time and ultimately increased savings!

A good oil analysis program is integral to any successful lubricant reliability program. It can be the answer to preventing unplanned downtime and costly repairs; implementing a solid analysis program results in making condition-based decisions both on the state of the equipment as well as the lubricant, it can assist in safely extending the life of the lubricant by ensuring that it is still doing its job of protecting the equipment.

Through oil analysis you can learn to predict equipment conditions that are the precursor of failure through spectrographic analysis and trending as well as wear debris analysis. This identifies the condition of the oil, the particle type and the existing condition of the equipment.

More than a lubricant supplier, Lubrication Engineers is committed to preserving company's equipment life through reliability initiatives, one of which is oil analysis. There are many wrong ways to set up oil analysis program and Lubrication Engineers can help you to eliminate those errors. Our knowledgeable advisors know what type of tests are needed for particular machinery and they can also help you with the location of the sample port, choosing the right sample valve and setting up correct sampling procedure and targets.

Our certified technical team takes the time to explain and teach our customers to read the results of oil analysis reports, recommendations are made to correct any resulting issues and corrective measures are implemented to prevent further equipment degradation.


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TECHNI-TIP: Use of Analysis in Monitoring Engine Condition

Monitoring the condition of the engine through oil analysis will help operators get the most value from their equipment and their lubricant. This is just one part of an overall Preventive Maintenance (PM) Program.

Lubrication Engineers, Inc. is in the oil testing business as a service to our customers for Preventive Maintenance. LEAP (Lubrication Engineers [Oil] Analysis Program) has all testing performed by one of the largest independent laboratories in the U. S. and Canada.

LE is always interested in investigating any question about the quality or performance of any product it sells. When and if a question is raised by a customer we want to do whatever is necessary to resolve the question by a determination of the condition of the oil at any time of use. By determining the condition of the oil, LE can make suggestions to help correct any mechanical, operating or environmental condition affecting the oil.



There are two general types of oil analysis used in LEAP-spectrographic analysis and wet analysis. Periodic spectrographic oil analysis is a tool to help determine proper oil drain intervals. Every engine, gear mechanism or oil circulating system is unique in its construction, operation and its effect on the oil used. To get the maximum service life from any piece of equipment, the oil should be analyzed periodically to determine the degree of degradation and contamination.

Analysis tells when additives have been depleted or when contaminants have reached a level which may prevent the oil from doing a proper job. With the ever increasing cost of oil, labor and equipment, getting the most from the oil dollar is more important than ever. Periodic spectroanalysis of metal concentrations will tell an operator a lot about the condition of his equipment and alert him to impending problems allowing him to schedule mechanical procedures at the most practical time.

Typically, used oil analysis can identify component wear, poor bearings, sticky valves, faulty air filtration, coolant leaks, improper timing, faulty carburetion or improper diesel engine rack settings and many other less significant equipment malfunctions.

The principle indicator of the condition of the components of a machine is the number and level of metallic elements which appear in the oil. Some of the elements determined by spectroanalysis are wear metals, airborne contaminants and those which indicate coolant (anti-freeze) leaks.... To continue reading, please click here.


CUSTOMER TESTIMONIAL: Oil Analysis Program for Cup Manufacturing Company

"Saved $26,552 in labor and equipment during first four months"




A cup manufacturing company located in the Southeast U.S. produces single-use products for beverages in the retail and food service markets. The manufacturer uses Cone Drive gearboxes to turn the cup-making machine. The company was losing the main Cone Drive gearboxes at an average rate of one per month.

Mark's (LE consultant) first recommendation was to pull oil samples on nine Cone Drive gearboxes and a new sample of the Chevron HiPerSYN 320 Oil. Mark explained to the customer that - using LEAP Oil Analysis - the samples would report viscosity, wear particles, additive package, water and ISO cleanliness level. The next step would be to check the manual and ensure that the correct lubricant was being used. A significant aspect of the LEAP Oil Analysis Program is the LE consultant walking the customer through the report, explaining the results and teaching the customer how to read the report.

When the customer's reports came back within a week, Mark showed the maintenance manager that two different types of oils were being used, and that the oils were being mixed. Cone Drives require either an ISO 460- or 680-grade synthetic oil due to the constant heat used during production. After flushing, Customer filled cone drives with LE's 9460 Monolec Synthetic Industrial Lubricant.

After switching to the LE oil, the manufacturer lost no more cone drives. This saved the company $26,000 in cone drives and $552 in labor ($23 per hour), for a projected annual savings of $78,000 in equipment and $6,624 in labor.

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