What is on an Oil Analysis Report

What Does Oil Analysis Tell Us?

Oil Analysis is capable of monitoring three distinctive parameters of your lubrication program.  By understanding these parameters, and the tests that can effectively monitor them, it is possible to tailor the most effective Oil Analysis program.

Equally important is identifying the potential threats to both lubricant and machine condition as well as all potential contaminants.  It is then possible to match analysis strengths to common maintenance problems, providing the most effective Predictive Maintenance program.

Lubricant Condition

Lubricant Condition refers to the oil's serviceability.  Parameters that monitor Lubricant Condition include certain chemical properties, additives, and viscosity.  Maintaining good Lubricant Condition will allow longer service life of both the lubricant and the machine.


Contamination of lubricants is the leading cause of premature equipment failure.  Contaminants can be solid or liquid.  Solid contaminants cause abrasion and excessive wear to the components.  Liquid contaminants will alter the load handling abilities of the oil and can be corrosive.  Most contaminants serve as catalysts to oxidation and lead to reduced service life of the lubricant.  Studies suggest that monitoring and controlling lubricant contamination is the most effective proactive tool available.

Machine Wear

Oil Analysis is the most effective of all Predictive Maintenance technologies at the early detection of machine wear.  Clues will reveal the onset of abnormal wear considerably sooner than physical symptoms such as vibration and temperature become evident.  By identifying the wear pattern early, the root cause of the problem can be identified and eliminated before damage occurs.

About TestOil   

With more than 30 years of experience in the oil analysis industry, TestOil focuses exclusively on assisting industrial facilities with reducing maintenance costs and avoiding unexpected downtime through oil analysis program implementation. As industry experts in diagnosing oil-related issues in equipment such as turbines, hydraulics, gearboxes, pumps, compressors and diesel generators, TestOil provides customers with a guarantee of same-day turnaround on all routine testing. With in-house certified training professionals, TestOil offers lubrication and oil analysis training, private onsite training, certification training and exams, and educational webinars. For more information on partnering with TestOil on oil analysis programs or training opportunities visit www.testoil.com.   Contact us: 216-251-2510; sales@testoil.com.

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