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Sampling Best Practices

  Webinar Replay: Sampling Best Practices Proper sampling is the foundation of any lube analysis program. Irregular sampling procedures and inconsistent sample locations will lead to data that does not reveal problems adequately, or is interpreted to identify a problem that does not truly exist, resulting in unexpected downtime or unnecessary repairs. This webinar will…
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Understanding Particle Counts, Water Testing and Ferrography

  Understanding Particle Counts, Water Testing and Ferrography The ability to interpret the results of oil analysis is vital to guiding significant decisions about preventive maintenance activities. Having someone in your organization who can pick up a report and interpret it in the context of the environment is absolutely essential. This is a skill which…
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What Failed Demulsibility Results Mean

What Failed Demulsibility Results Mean Demulsibility, or more correctly, water separation, is a measure of a lubricant’s ability to separate from water. Lubricants and water have a natural tendency to separate because most basestock molecules are non-polar, while water molecules are polar and will seek each other out instead of mixing with the basestock. Water…
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Understanding MPC Results

Understanding MPC Results According to ASTM test method D7843, Membrane Patch Colorimetry (MPC) is intended to serve as a “guide to end-users on the formation of lubricant-generated, insoluble deposits”. The issue, however, is that the results do not seem straightforward. Fundamentally, MPC is measure of the insolubles found dissolved or suspended in the fluid, and…
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How To Evaluate Viscosity, FTIR and AN/BN Results from Oil Analysis Reports

  How To Evaluate Viscosity, FTIR and AN/BN results from Oil Analysis Reports The ability to interpret the results of oil analysis is vital to guiding significant decisions about preventive maintenance activities. Having someone in your organization who can pick up a report and interpret it in the context of the environment is absolutely essential.…
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Ferrous Wear Concentration versus PQ Index

Ferrous Wear Concentration versus PQ Index Since elemental spectroscopy is generally accepted as having lower accuracy measuring wear particles larger than approximately 10 microns, most labs employ some form of simple, large particle analysis specific to ferrous content. Ferrous content is chosen not only because it tends to represent the most common metal in machines,…
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