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What is Oil Composition?
Oil composition normally refers to the chemical mix of 'ingredients' comprising Base Oils and the chemical structure and quality of crude oils.
The testing and analysis of Oil Composition is a specialist and expensive process, usually undertaken by Oil Manufacturers as part of their product development for new lubricants.
Oil Composition Testing is rarely undertaken by oil users. However, many industries, as part of a plant condition monitoring program, will routinely sample oils for items of plant machinery and submit these samples to Laboratories for Oil Analysis to test the oil's condition, its ability to provide component surface protection, and to identify any levels of ferrous particles within the oil which would indicate the wear of internal metal components.
Monition Ltd operates a fully independent Oil Laboratory to support the Oil Analysis requirements of Condition Monitoring and Predictive Maintenance programs.
Benefits of Oil Composition / Oil Analysis
Oil Analysis is the most cost-effective approach available to prevent machine breakdowns and reduce lubrication and maintenance costs, enabling you to:
- Increase plant reliability - achieve greater machine uptime for increased production availability.
- Eliminate breakdowns - by scheduling maintenance to replace faulty components before they lead to a catastrophic failure.
- Reduce maintenance costs - by eliminating fire fighting maintenance.
- Prolong lubricant life - replace oil when necessary rather than by routine.
- Extend machine lifetimes - condition-based maintenance helps keep your production assets in top mechanical condition.
Oil Composition / Oil Analysis Laboratory Tests
Monition's ISO 9001:2000 accredited Oil Laboratory is comprehensively equipped to conduct detailed Oil Analysis, using a range of tests:
- Full ICP Spectrographic element analysis
- PQ Particle Analysis
- ISO Cleanliness test to 4406 (hydraulic oils only)
- Kinematic Viscosity at 40°C and 100°C
- Ferrous Wear Analysis
- 5100 Chemical Dielectric Analysis
- Water Content Analysis
- TIM (Total Insoluble Matter)
- TBN (Total Base Number)
- TAN (Total Acid Number)
Oil Composition Testing - An overview of Oil Analysis
Small samples of used oil can reveal an incredible wealth of information regarding the health and condition of both the machine and the lubricant that is in use to protect its components. Monition's Oil Analysis Service can analyse the lubricants from plant equipment to provide concise information:
- Summarising the wear state of plant equipment
- Detailing oil condition & fitness for continued equipment protection
- Offering recommendation in the event that corrective maintenance is deemed necessary to prevent expensive, unscheduled downtime
Using various methods of lubricant and debris analysis, a detailed picture of water and contamination causes can be identified and trended over time to allow early response to potential failures.
Oil analysis provides precise information concerning both the health of machinery components and the effectiveness of current lubrication protection:
- Oil analysis will detect the ingress of dirt, water or other contaminants into machinery - providing a warning when oil effectiveness is compromised.
- All machinery produces microscopic wear particles through normal, everyday operation. Regular analysis identifies accelerated wear early - i.e. when a component begins to deteriorate - allowing preventative action to be scheduled before a failure occurs.
- The chemical balance of lubricants and additive packages is critical & many factors can contribute to oil wearing out prematurely. Tribology monitors oil chemistry to warn when lubrication and additive packages are approaching the end of its operational life.
Further Information regarding Oil Composition
Monition can provide assistance in all your Oil Composition applications. For further information on Oil Composition or arrange onsite alignment of plant machinery, please telephone Monition on 01909 722000. Alternatively you can email us at email@example.com or complete our enquiry form and one of our sales team will contact you to discuss your requirements.