Are Oil Analysis Reports Accurate: An Expert Weighs In.
At TestOil, our goal is to help our customers identify and solve the issues they may have with their machinery, ideally before they cause any problems. This way, you can avoid expensive shutdowns, repairs, or replacements.
Filter Debris Analysis
One way we can help our customers with this is going further than a typical oil analysis and running a filter debris analysis as well. A common situation we run into is when we run all of the oil tests and analysis as normal, the customer gets their results, and they say everything is normal, even though it isn’t.
If this is the case, then we request that you send us your filter so that we can run a test on the particles trapped inside it.
Critical hydraulic systems are designed to move the particles. They have sophisticated filtration systems where they want almost no particles. So, big servo systems, robotic systems, things like that by nature are removing less of the particles. So that’s one reason we need to look at particles.
Proper Sample Collection
Another reason there might be fewer particles in the sample is because of the way our customers are collecting their samples. For example, it is essential to have the machine running while you retrieve the sample.
We’ve developed over the years a pretty sophisticated process of back flushing the filters in a large dedicated instrument to do this and then taking the debris that’s been backflushed and then analyzing it and in a very similar way like we do to oil.
If you have any questions about your oil analysis report, how to properly collect a sample from your machine, or anything else that you might have an issue with, please contact us today, and one of our professional oil experts would be happy to help!
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