Regardless of purpose and usage, the primary reason for testing generator engine and cooling system fluids is to avoid unplanned downtime with wear and contamination being the biggest concerns.
Generators are utilized in multiple applications – ships, locomotives and numerous facilities and situations that require back-up power. Some run continuously – others, only rarely. An effective, well-implemented oil analysis program will optimize operational health and ensure equipment reliability.
Routine testing and analysis identifies:
Dust and dirt ingression that can cause internal component wear
Water or coolant contamination can lead to overheating and oil gelling
Fuel dilution can reduce viscosity and lubricity jeopardizing the protection of metal surfaces
Excessive soot which thickens the oil and prevents dispersants from adequately suspending damaging soot particles
Depletion of the oil’s base number which reduces its ability to fight the formation of acids that can corrode metal surfaces
Bureau Veritas - Oil Analysis (formerly Analysts, Inc.) provides oil analysis, coolant analysis, fuel analysis, and oil testing services through testing labs located in California, Texas, Georgia, Illinois, Canada, Mexico, Spain, The Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Australia, Japan and China. The Oil Analysis division of Bureau Veritas was previously known as Analysts, Inc. The company serves the oil analysis needs of customers worldwide, including the United States, Canada and Mexico and the international markets of Brazil, Central America, South America, Europe, Germany, France, Spain, the United Kingdom / UK, Asia and more.