Category Archives: Did You Know?

Reliable Plant 2022—See you There!

Going to the Reliable Plant Conference & Exhibition 2022 in Orlando, FL July 25-28?  Be sure to set up an appointment beforehand or just stop by Eurofins TestOil’s Booth #439 to learn more, ask questions, and get solid support.  We created a video just for the event! If you contact us ahead of time, we…
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Bearing Failure and Wear: What are the Causes?

Bearings are amazing things and they are everywhere--from the most complex machinery to the simplest child’s toy.  Rule of thumb: If it moves, it probably has some type of bearing.   Most bearings do eventually wear.  How fast and how much they wear depends on a lot of things such as the type of bearing,…
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Is Synthetic Oil Worth It?

Is Synthetic Oil Worth It? OEM specifications usually cover the recommended oil for each type of machine they manufacture. Sometimes these are just guidelines, other times they are a requirement to remain in warranty. While synthetic oil is marketed as having superior performance, that’s not true in all cases and for all machinery. Some mineral…
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API Base Oil Classification Explained by Eurofins TestOil

API Base Oil Classification Explained by Eurofins TestOil Additives only account for about 10% of most finished lubricants, the rest is base oil—which gives you some idea as to how important base oil actually is! The API (American Petroleum Institute) classifies base oils into five primary groups that are defined by three parameters: the saturate…
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Should new industrial oil be tested before use?

The unequivocal answer is yes—for two reasons: there needs to be 100% certainty that what was ordered is what was delivered;  and most new oil doesn’t arrive clean—an initial analysis will reveal if it is contaminated enough to warrant remediation before use. Despite the obvious importance of this, research shows that only 39% of new…
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Best Practices for Lubricant Storage and Handling Prevent Deterioration

You are paying top dollar for the best possible lubricants and are confident they will provide great protection for your industrial machinery. They probably will—provided you follow best practices for lubricant storage.                 TestOil Lubrication Field Engineer Dwon Ruffin explains that there are several areas of lubricant storage that can lead to degradation. “The first…
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