An oil sample analysis provides an in‐depth look into the health of your equipment, allowing you to pin‐point inefficiencies and problem areas before they require costly repairs. Smart fleet operators know
proactive oil analysis and testing is essential to maintaining a low cost of ownership and extending the life of aging equipment.
By being proactive about oil sample testing through an equipment management / condition monitoring program, you can:‐
- Avoid major repairs/system failures by fixing minor problems before they become serious.
- Reduce downtime and schedule service more effectively.
- Get the most use out of replaceable components by knowing exactly when they need to be changed.
- Have a demonstrable service history for your equipment that will improve its resale value when it’s time to upgrade.
Standard analysis include:‐
In the spectral exam, we take a portion of your oil sample and run it through a machine called a spectrometer. The spectrometer analyzes the oil and tells us the levels of the various metals and additives that are present in the oil. This gives us a gauge of how much your engine is wearing. To learn more about the elements we look at and where they come from in your oil, go to our Report Explanation page.
The insolubles test measures the amount of abrasive solids that are present in the oil. The solids are formed by oil oxidation (when the oil breaks down due to the presence of oxygen, accelerated by heat) and blow‐by past the rings. This test tells you how good a job the oil filter is doing, and to what extent the oil has oxidized.
The viscosity measures the grade, or thickness, of the oil. Whether it’s supposed to be a 5W/30, 15W/40, or some other grade, we will know (within a range) what the viscosity should be. If your viscosity falls outside that range, there’s probably a reason: the oil could have been overheated or contaminated with fuel, moisture, or coolant.
Flash Point test:
The Flash Point test measures the temperature at which vapours from the oil ignite. For any specific grade of oil, we know what temperature the oil should flash at. If it flashes at or above that level, the oil is not contaminated. If the oil flashes off lower than it should, then it’s probably been contaminated with something. Fuel is the most common contaminant in oil.
Every good maintenance program should include regular fuel testing to determine fuel quality. Fuel that does not meet industry specifications or contains contaminants can dramatically decrease engine performance and fuel system life, cause premature filter plugging and impact fuel economy. Adding regular fuel testing to the maintenance regimen ensures fuel quality issues are detected early to avoid operation downtime.
Contaminated fuel can damage equipment and is expensive to replace. Prevention is better than cure, and we carry out routine fuel sampling, testing and analysis for our clients as part of a preventative
We test a wide range of fuels, including diesel and aviation fuel, using the latest testing technology. E&S
Fuel Tested include:-
- Aviation gasoline fuel testing
- Biomass fuel testing
- Bunker fuel testing
- CNG quality
- Diesel fuel
- Ethanol, fuel grade
- Fuel oil, gas oil, bunker fuel
- Heavy distillates
- Jet fuel, kerosene
- LNG, LPG
- Natural gas
- Petroleum and crude oil feedstocks
- Petroleum coke and fly‐ash
- Solid Fuel Testing
- Turbine fuels
Fuel testing capabilities:‐
- Fuel purity and quality
- Fuel contamination
- Fuel quality failure investigation
- Fuel additives
- Fuel pipeline trans‐mix fuels and co‐mingled fuels
- Physical properties testing
- Energy value
- Trace components, trace contaminants
- Fuel safety and regulatory parameters
- Bacteria in fuel tanks and systems
Fuel Tested include:‐
- Fuel Quality Testing
- Fuel Testing Services
- Fuel Quality Monitoring