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Over the last decade, Oil Condition Monitoring has moved from being on the periphery of Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) to being the core technology that leads company’s reliability programs. The economic driver behind oil analysis is an organization’s accounting of the Total Cost of Ownership for critical lubrication applications. The universal recognition of the value oil analysis in a CBM program has allowed commercial oil analysis laboratories.
Over the last several years, lubricant formulation chemistry has become more complex. This is in response to higher operating demands placed upon the oils. The rate and mechanism of fluid degradation has also changed, and some cases, has created more problems. The challenge for laboratories is that the condition monitoring tests that have been used for decades to determine the condition and remaining useful life of a lubricant, may no longer be valid.
Fluitec can help. We are at the forefront of condition monitoring technologies. Fluitec has a long history of working with laboratories and sharing our expertise to increase the value that they provide to their customers.
Our RULER technology (ASTM D6971) is the most convenient and efficient method of determining a fluid’s antioxidant health. Our RULER instruments analyze over 150,000 samples per year of the world’s most critical lubricant and grease systems from airplanes and helicopters to nuclear power plants to army and navy systems. Individual antioxidant measuring has proven to be a much more valuable tool in today’s modern lubricant formulas than tests such as TAN or RPVOT.
Combining RULER with Membrane Patch Colorimetry (MPC) (ASTM D7843) provides a valuable combination to understand the health of the fluid and measure deposit tendency (varnish potential). These technologies work synergistically in a host of lubricant applications, such as turbine oils, hydraulic fluids, compressor oils and paper machine oils.
Simply put, partnering with Fluitec enables your lab to be more competitive and ultimately, more successful. Contact us today to learn more.
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