Strategic Oil Analysis: Time-dependent alarms for extended lubricant lifecycles

This article provides information about test methods, alarm methods and the best alarm fit for the noted test methods to construct an effective oil analysis approach. Also discussed are three common alarm types for grading the underlying problems for sumps and lubricated components: statistical, absolute and percentage.  Following these strategies allows you to calculate rate of wear generation, a more insightful metric than total wear.  Thus, Machine owners can expect lubricant lifecycles to become extended as they pursue precision lubrication activities.

Oil analysis is a powerful tool in the machine condition monitoring toolbox—if used properly. Much like other technologies, it performs best within a well-developed plan. When accomplished, a well-devised plan can provide an effective long-term view into the health of any machine with lubricated components.

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