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New Training Course: Lubrication Fundamentals & Data Interpretation [Houston, TX]

New Maintenance & Reliability Course Lubrication Fundamentals & Data Interpretation November 8 - 9, 2017 - Houston, Texas   TestOil has developed this 2-day training course to be both practical and cost effective. Attendees will learn about lubrication fundamentals, sampling procedures, contamination control, and storage and handling. Plus a whole day dedicated to reading and…
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Sources of Potassium

Sources of Potassium Potassium is an indicator of a coolant leak, often in conjunction with sodium and/or boron; these elements are present due to the additives used in many coolant formulations. The presence of these elements alongside detected glycol and water often indicate a severe or bottom-end leak, but the absence of glycol and water…
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Sources of Sodium

Sources of Sodium Sodium is an indicator of a coolant leak, often in conjunction with potassium and/or boron; these elements are present due to the additives used in many coolant formulations. The presence of these elements alongside detected glycol and water often indicate a severe or bottom-end leak, but the absence of glycol and water…
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Sources of Lithium

Sources of Lithium Lithium is used in the most common form of thickener system for greases. Generally, traces levels of grease migrating into a lubrication system are not harmful, however the additives from the grease may create a negative synergy with the additives in the lubricant. Watch for the next article in the Elemental Spectroscopy…
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Sources of Boron

Sources of Boron Boron is an additive metal commonly used in detergent additives, and occurs in some EP or AW additive chemistries. Only when the boron level deviates more than 25% from the new oil or reference value should a concern be raised, but the likeliest cause if mixing or topping-off with a different product.…
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Understanding Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectroscopy

Understanding Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectroscopy Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy measures additive depletion, contaminant buildup and base stock degradation in lubricants. This type of analysis complements wear metal and other analyses. The principle of the test is that an infrared absorbance spectrum is acquired by passing an infrared beam through a thin layer of…
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