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TestOil Named A Weatherhead 100 Award Winner, Fifth Year In A Row!


From Left to Right: Angela Ritchie, Cheri Maiani, Chuck Orzechowski and spouse, Dan Richards and spouse

For the fifth consecutive year, TestOil has been recognized on the Weatherhead 100 list as one of the Fastest Growing Companies in Northeast Ohio. Last week some members of the TestOil team attended the annual Weatherhead awards gala where they accepted the award for their achievement.

The Weatherhead 100 was established to celebrate Northeast Ohio’s spirit of entrepreneurship and is a testament to each company’s hard work and commitment to excellence. This year marked the 27th year for the Weatherhead awards.  TestOil has been ranked as a Weatherhead 100 company since 2010.

“We’re thrilled to once again be named a Weatherhead 100 company,” said President and CEO Daniel Richards. “Participating in the Weatherhead awards gala has become an annual event for the TestOil team. It’s something that brings us together and honors our incredible employees, who make winning this award possible.”

OIL ANALYSIS TRAINING (Houston, TX – November 11, 2014)


TestOil is hosting our popular, Lubrication Fundamentals & Oil Analysis Training class in Clear Lake, TX (Near Houston’s NASA Space Center) on November 11th. If you are interested in attending, or sending someone from your facility who would benefit from the course, you need to sign up ASAP!

The course covers the Fundamentals of Lubrication and Wear, Oil Analysis Basics and Managing An Effective Oil Analysis Program. The training is presented by industry experts who have assisted in the implementation and management of dozens of new oil analysis programs in a wide variety of industries and are frequently called upon to evaluate and modify existing programs.

This one-day class is considered one of the best educational experiences in the industry for the latest and most critical knowledge of oil analysis. As a current customer your cost to attend is only $99, which includes course materials and lunch (non customer rate is $199).

If you are interesting please click here for more information.

The class is filling up quickly, so you need to register as soon as possible!

What Past Attendees Had To Say:

“We were looking to start a fluid sampling program but had no idea what to do. This class got us headed in the right direction.”
- John A, Maintenance Manager

“The class was relevant and useful. I walked away with information that will be immediately useful in improving our current reliability program.”
– Ethan H, Maintenance Engineer

“Very professional, very interesting, very informative. Great session for both beginners and seasoned people.”
– Jon S, Superintendent

TestOil Analyst Presents for Esteemed STLE University


We are very proud to announce that Matt McMahon, TestOil’s Senior Data Analyst, was a guest presenter for the STLE University webinar series.  STLE is considered to be the foremost provider of non-commercial technical education to the field, which makes it an honor for Matt to be selected as a presenter.

STLE’s goal is the dissemination of knowledge to further the science of tribology and lubrication engineering. The STLE University has a robust and well-known tradition of providing solid education, both in person and through their online courses and webinars. These webinars are 60-minute presentations by industry experts broadcasted via WebEx, a webinar software.

Matt’s presentation titled Turbine Oil Analysis Report Interpretation is one of the most popular webinars in TestOil’s webinar series and was very well received by the STLE membership.  During this educational webinar Matt explained his process for reviewing and analyzing turbine oil analysis reports. He walked listeners through marginal and critical reports and taught them how to decipher various alarms. The audience walked away with an improved knowledge of turbine oil analysis report interpretation.

In the past 14 years, Matt has reviewed over 600,000 analysis reports at TestOil. He is an STLE Certified Lubrication Specialist (CLS) and his current position at TestOil is Senior Data Analyst. For several years Matt has been responsible for developing and conducting various training events for TestOil. He has also hosted numerous customized webinars on oil analysis fundamentals and report interpretation. Matt has also worked onsite with many companies helping them turn their oil analysis efforts into world-class programs. Matt holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in Automotive Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Geology with a minor in Chemistry.

[Quiz] Varnish: The Elusive Enigma


Whether tending to a gas turbine or a large hydraulic system, the mere mention of varnish can cause alarm and an immediate call to action.


eBook: Learn How To Outsmart Varnish and Avoid Costly Downtime. Click on the image to get your eBook today.

A number of explanations for the increasing occurrence of lube oil varnish have been postulated. Tighter filtration requirements, higher lube oil flow rates, higher operating temperatures and the switch to Group II base stocks in oil formulations have been offered as potential culprits in the decimation of lube oil systems. Varnish can often lead to unplanned outages and costly downtime, therefore, understanding and responding to varnish with remedial filtration is critical. Unfortunately, the ability to accurately measure varnish potential has remained elusive in routine testing.

Lubricating oil in gas turbines and hydraulic systems is unfortunately subject to the ravages of varnish. It is well-documented that varnish is an insoluble contaminant comprised of oil degradation by-products and sometimes depleted additive molecules. It is generally caused by some type of thermal (heat-related) stress placed on the oil. The debilitating effects of varnish include the loss of operating clearances within machinery and a loss of heat transfer due to thermal insulating. As more operators face the prospect of varnish in their lube oil systems, they are turning to oil analysis labs for answers.

Let’s see how much you know about varnish. (answers are provided at the end)
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