It is best to make sure that your machinery regularly undergoes oil testing procedures performed so that you can ensure that it continues to run smoothly and without any problems. This can also prevent minor machinery faults from escalating into major, costly problems. In fact, experts say that an oil check can give machine managers a saving of up to fifty times the price of the oil check itself. This is because it can identify problems at the point at which they are simple to treat.
Oil testing can be carried out whilst your machines continue to work: the plant production will not be affected. The testing process will not have an effect on the products (and income) which the machine generates. During the testing process, the machine\’s health will be analyzed as will the lubricant health. Both lubricant contamination testing and degradation lubrication testing can be performed.
Oil testing is an essential part of a condition monitoring program. This is also true of vibration signature analytics: this is where acoustic sensors check for machinery trauma. This part of testing will check for problems such as: a poor lubrication supply, any cracks, and problems with the bearing races. All of these techniques, alongside the testing of the oil, will ensure that your machinery runs at its very best.
Indeed, your greatest profits are likely to be achieved when you have a good machine monitoring system in place. This is achieved by: managing risk, reducing any downtime needed to correct problems and enabling the machinery to function as efficiently as possible. Therefore, it makes both financial and practical sense to put in place a condition monitoring program.
There are two major aspects which are checked by a machine monitoring system; the first is fluids and gases (which includes the oil analysis) and the second is monitoring the machine itself. This is performed by an expert visually checking the machine to make sure it does not have any areas of damage. It is also monitored further by vibration and acoustic emission testing as well as thermgraphy. The reason for using a variety of testing methods is to make sure that any problems with the plant machinery are found quickly and with minimum disruption to the machine\’s production. This is so much better than a major and unexpected problem occurring. The results obtained by the condition monitoring program will be reliable and timely: providing you with the information you need to know about your equipment at the right time.