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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.

Chat Us Up!


Do you have a quick question? Need a quick answer?

As part as TestOil’s dedication to customer satisfaction we have added a chat feature to the website. This chat can be found in the upper right hand corner of the www.testoil.com website, as well as in DataSight, our customer’s web-based data reporting application.  By clicking on this chat feature you are connected directly with a Customer Engagement Specialist who is dedicated to helping you.

Our Customer Engagement Specialists have a deep understanding of oil analysis and report interpretation so they can help you with your technical questions, as well as any questions related to your account and TestOil’s products and services. 

The chat feature was implemented at the beginning of the year.  So far the feedback has been great!  Try it out and let us know what you think.

The live chat is available during the business hours of 8:00AM – 5:00PM Eastern, Monday – Friday.  If an agent is not available at any other time you can still use the chat feature to leave us a message.  

At TestOil we strive to make every experience remarkable!

How To Justify Your Oil Analysis Program


As you put together any type of predictive maintenance technology, like an oil analysis program, you need to justify the program.

One common way of justifying oil analysis is keeping records of all predictive oil changes, filtration requests, dehydration requests, and so on. For example, the goal may be to improve the overall fluid cleanliness levels in the plant’s hydraulic press by using improved filtration. In this case, oil analysis — and specifically the particle count data — becomes a performance metric that can be used to measure compliance with the stated reliability goals.

The metrics provide justification and accountability, not just for those directly involved with the oil analysis program, but also for the whole plant, sending a clear message that lubrication and oil analysis are an important part of the plant’s strategy for achieving both maintenance and production objectives.

You also need to annually evaluate your oil analysis program’s effectiveness, which includes a cost-benefit evaluation of money saved by avoiding maintenance issues or machine downtime due to oil analysis.

Evaluation allows for continuous improvement of the program by realigning the program with either preexisting or new reliability objectives.

Consider the following justifications for oil analysis

  • Some reasons to use oil analysis are: to avoid catastrophic failures, extend lubricant life and to extend equipment life.
  • A good oil analysis program can save big dollars for a really small investment. You can learn to predict conditions that are the precursor of failure through oil analysis and trending.
  • A solid analysis program results in making condition-based decisions both on the state of the equipment and the lubricant.

Why Use Proper Lubrication Storage and Handling?


Having lubrication storage and handling systems in place is important as well. Lubrication products are expensive, so they need to be handled in a fashion that maximizes the return on investment.

Make sure your storage and handling areas are clean, well organized, and climate controlled. You are responsible for ensuring the new oil and grease placed in your equipment is clean and dry, and has not been exposed to extreme temperature variations.

If you have oil storage racks, consider separate pumps and filters for each different lubricant. Furthermore, make sure your transfer containers are clean and be sure not to expose lubricants to contamination in route to the equipment.

Test all your oil for acceptance before placing it into your system for use. Doing so is especially valuable with bulk shipments, because you never know what was in the tanker before your load of oil.

Reasons for using proper lubrication handling and storage:

• Protect lube products from environment
• Protect from plant dirt/moisture/sunlight
• Filter new lubes or lubes as you use them
• Keep lubes separate from other plant chemical/products