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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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Sources of Silicon

Sources of Silicon Silicon is commonly identified as a contaminant, either from dust or dirt, which must be understood to be completely different types of contaminants. Dirt has a different chemical composition than dust, though they both are silicon-based. Dirt is also made up of aluminum, with a ratio of around 3-4 times more silicon…
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How To Interpret Turbine Oil Testing Data

  Webinar Replay: How To Interpret Turbine Oil Testing Data 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…
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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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