Oil analysis (OA) is the laboratory analysis of a lubricant‘s properties, suspended contaminants, and wear debris. Oil analysis is performed during routine predictive maintenance to provide meaningful and accurate information on lubricant and machine condition. By tracking oil analysis sample results over the life of a particular machine, trends can be established which can help eliminate costly repairs. The study of wear in machinery is called tribology. Tribologists often perform or interpret oil analysis data.
Oil analysis can be divided into three categories:
- analysis of oil properties including those of the base oil and its additives
- analysis of contaminants
- analysis of wear debris from machinery
Oil sampling (OS) poor, oil sampling practices can lead to misinterpretations in the analysis results. Always follow established guidelines for sampling, and sample from the same point each time.
DMS site service engineers are trained in taking effective oil samples and ensure that the correct data is supplied to the laboratory with each sample.
The oil sample is sent away to the laboratory for analysis. DMS can provide the client with their own web portal to log into and locate their oil analysis results.
From this web portal the client can access and define the search by oil sample kit number, action flag on analysis report (serious, caution, normal), date, client, etc.
From this dashboard, the client is then able to view an individual oil analysis report (as displayed below)
DMS is also able to undertake on site oil analysis using their revolutionary – Tan Delta Mobile Oil Test kit (see product section).