How to Get the Most Out of Your Oil Analysis Program
Machine Criticality and Sample Point Optimization for Oil Analysis
At TestOil, we know that sometimes getting started with an oil analysis program can be a little bit daunting because people don't necessarily know where to start or how to get started. In today's blog, we will discuss how our customers can get started and get the most out of their oil analysis programs.
The most important thing to remember when starting an oil analysis program is to begin focusing on the most critical equipment. Your business can have hundreds of machines, which can make it difficult to find a starting point. So, how do you know which machines are the most critical?
Common Characteristics of Critical Equipment
- They require very high capital investment and are expensive to maintain and repair.
- They are engineered for long service lives when operated within design specifications and in a predictable environment.
- Many are quite large and are made up of several individual components.
- Downtime is quite expensive since production is usually halted when unexpected problems or system failure is experienced.
If you can narrow down your most critical equipment through a reliability assessment, it really helps you focus and gives you a good starting point in terms of oil samples. After you have determined your 15 or so most critical equipment, they should be sampled monthly.
Sample Point Optimization
Another important aspect of a successful oil analysis program is sample point optimization. Once you have found your most critical machinery, you then need to know where to receive your samples from in order to obtain a representative sample of the lubricant in the system.
TestOil Pro Group
Our TestOil Pro Group is here to help you with both machine criticality and sample point optimization. The team will visit your plant and help ensure your team is ready to provide the best samples on your most critical machinery.