Oil Testing Lab Explains 3 Categories of Oil Analysis Tests

As an oil testing lab, Eurofins TestOil conducts more than 50 different types of tests in our lab. However, there are eight that we run more frequently than others. These eight tests can be grouped into three categories - machine condition, oil condition, and contaminant detection.

                Our analysts have an expert understanding of each test in these categories and can develop a comprehensive picture of the health of the machine and its lubricating oil. Here is a rundown of the three categories:

  • Machine condition tests show the wear and tear on a machine's parts. We look for the presence of wear metals in the oil that may have been generated by components and then we determine if a normal or severe wear mode is occurring. 
  • Oil condition testing reveals the health of the lubricating oil itself. We determine if the lubricant is still fit for use and the extent of degradation that may have occurred.
  • Contaminant detection testing helps our analysts identify foreign contaminants that may have entered the lubricating system.

The eight most frequently run tests and their categories are:

                Elemental spectroscopy is a great test method that can fit in all three categories because it identifies the presence of wear metals, the presence of elements used as lubricant additives, and the presence of elements that could be associated with contamination.

                By conducting these tests on a regular basis, reliability engineers can make informed decisions about when to service their equipment and what type of oil to use.

                To dig deeper into these test methods, check out our free ebook: Oil Analysis for Dummies.

For more information on working with Eurofins TestOil for oil analysis and training visit www.testoil.com. Contact: 216-251-2510; sales@testoil.com.

About Eurofins TestOil

With more than 30 years of experience in the oil analysis industry, Eurofins TestOil focuses exclusively on assisting industrial facilities with reducing maintenance costs and avoiding unexpected downtime through oil and fuel analysis program implementation. As industry experts in diagnosing oil-related issues in equipment such as turbines, hydraulics, gearboxes, pumps, compressors and diesel generators, Eurofins TestOil provides customers with same-day turnaround on routine oil analysis testing.  For more information on partnering with Eurofins TestOil on oil analysis programs or training opportunities visit https://testoil.com. Contact: Michael Barrett 216-251-2510; sales@testoil.com. 

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