Category Archives: Routine Testing

Criticality and Oil Analysis: How Often Should Critical Equipment be Tested?

Critical machinery does need to have its oil tested more frequently than other machinery simply because the consequences of inoperability are more severe.                   TestOil Data/Field Analyst Matt McMahon explains, “Some companies officially rank criticality and some don’t. However, even without a criticality ranking system in place, most people know that anything they don’t have…
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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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Advanced Coolant Analysis for Industrial Equipment Announced By TestOil

TestOil’s advanced coolant comprehensive slate includes all standard tests plus IC (Ion Chromatography) (ASTM D5827 Mod); HPLC (High Pressure Liquid Chromatography); and SCA Number (Calculated from nitrite-IC and molybdenum-ICP). IC (Ion Chromatography) (ASTM D5827 Mod): IC yields 10 results: contaminants (chloride, fluoride, and sulfate); degradation byproducts (glycolate, acetate, oxalate, and formate); and additives/inhibitors (nitrate, nitrite,…
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Coolant Analysis for HD Equipment Offered by TestOil

TestOil offers two coolant test packages that are conducted in their world class lab. The coolant standard slate, which delivers same day results, includes: Glycol Concentration (%)Specific Conductance (Conductivity) (uS/cm)Freeze Point (degrees C)Total Dissolved SolidsBoil Point ( degrees C)Elemental Analysis by ICP (ppm) pHTotal Hardness as CaCO3Visual AnalysisNitrites (mg/L) Benefits include extending drain intervals, avoiding failures,…
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How to Measure the ROI of Oil Testing

Just about every decision in business is focused on ROI, so there must be a financial benefit for starting a lubrication monitoring program in the first place. And there is: oil analysis more than pays for itself with a proven ROI that can range from 250%-2000%. There aren’t many business solutions that can make that…
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How to Keep an Oil Testing Program on Track

In order to optimize the benefits of a lubrication monitoring program, it’s wise to watch out for anything with the potential to derail it. Following are a few pointers: Communication is important. Everyone  involved needs to understand that the pace of implementing a new program will be slow at first, that workloads must be balanced…
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