The Analyst Quarter 3 – 2017

The Analyst – 5 Steps to Successful Oil Analysis

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5 Keys to A Successful Oil Analysis Program

Establishing an effective oil analysis program requires an organized and sustained effort by both user and laboratory to achieve optimal machine health and reliability.

No preventive maintenance initiative will reach its goal without integrating processes for continued improvement and a conscious effort by both user and laboratory to work together in all aspects of the program to achieve optimal machine health and reliability. These proven steps are key to implementing a successful oil analysis program:

1 – Clearly define oil analysis program goals and requirements to be sure the test packages utilized are appropriate for the application and the service is being fully utilized on a regular, on-going basis. Read more…
2 – Take representative oil samples at regular intervals that are indicative of the true condition of the lubricant and the component so that the testing and analysis performed are accurate and reliable. Read more…
3 – Promote frequent, two-way communication between the oil analysis laboratory and user to optimize laboratory interpretations and recommendations and capitalize on customer diagnostics and the maintenance actions taken. Read more…
4 – Provide complete and accurate oil sample information so that data analysts may provide an accurate interpretation of the test results with well-informed, actionable maintenance or diagnostic recommendations. Read more…
5 – Review test reports promptly to be sure abnormal or critical machine or lubricant conditions are addressed quickly and equipment damage and production losses are minimized. Read more…

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