A successful oil analysis program requires an organized and sustained effort by both the user and the laboratory. Both must work together in all aspects of the program to achieve optimal machine health and reliability. These 5 steps are fundamental to maintaining a successful oil analysis program:
Clearly define 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.
Take representative samples that are indicative of the true condition of the lubricant and the component so that the testing and analysis performed is accurate and reliable.
Promote frequent, two-way communication between laboratory and customer to optimize both laboratory interpretations and recommendations as well as customer diagnostics and maintenance action.
Provide complete and accurate sample information so that data analysts may provide an accurate interpretation of the test results with wellinformed, actionable maintenance or diagnostic recommendations.
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.