Lab Services

OIL ANALYSIS

Lubricants are commonly referred to as the “lifeblood” of machines and equipment.

Just as medical labs analyze key indicators within our blood, oil analysis labs analyze key indicators within in-service oils. When we learn how to interpret this information, we can correct problems in the early stages of development before there is permanent damage to the equipment.

An assessment of the oil condition reveals whether the system oil should be changed or if it is fit for further service. In addition, it lowers expenses by optimizing the oil change intervals. The extended service intervals are determined by the condition monitoring; when the oil condition and contamination is routinely monitored, system wear can be minimized. Detection of ingress of contaminants from the manufacturing environment, including process contaminants, dirt, and water provides warnings as to the appropriate timing for filtration.

Oil analysis can detect subtle changes in the levels of wear metals present in the system oil; failures due to worn components can be avoided before the components are beyond specification.

The Benefits of Oil Analysis:

  • Minimized Unscheduled Downtime
  • Improved Maintenance Scheduling
  • Improved Equipment Reliability
  • Reduced Maintenance Costs
  • Minimized Installation Errors
  • Extended Service and Maintenance Intervals
  • Reduced Oil Disposal (Decreased Carbon Footprint)

The Hydrotex Oil Analysis Seminar covers the following topics:

  • The Basics of Oil Analysis
  • How Oil Analysis Works
  • Customer Support
  • Evaluation Process
  • Sampling Methods
  • Testing
  • How to Read a Report

FUEL ANALYSIS

Fuel analysis is a critical component of Clean Diesel Fuel Management. Fuel analysis can be used as a predictive tool to determine any potential performance issues or sources of contamination before impacting your fleet. Fuel analysis guides recommendations for specific fuel treatment with Hydrotex fuel improvers to optimize fuel usage and fleet performance during both summer conditions and harsher winter conditions.

Test List with Explanations:

  • API Gravity
  • Biodiesel %
  • Water
  • Thermal Stability
  • Bacteria/Fungi
  • Cloud Point
  • Cold Filter Plugging
  • Particle Count

ASTM D287: Measures the density of the fuel sample

ASTM D7806: Measures the percentage of biodiesel in the fuel sample

ASTM D7546: Measures the amount of entrained water in the fuel sample

ASTM 6468: Measures the bulk storage stability and the injector deposit forming tendency of diesel fuel

Dip Slide Method: Measures the amount of bacteria and fungi present in a fuel sample

Mod. ASTM D2500: Measures the temperature at which wax crystals first appear in a fuel sample

Mod. ASTM D6371: Measures the temperature at which wax crystals will plug fuel filters

ASTM D7619, ISO 4406: Measures the number of particles greater than 4, 6, and 14 microns in size; the results are reported as an ISO cleanliness code.

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