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TestOil Announces 2014 Webinar Calendar


Testoil’s 2014 webinar calendar is now available!Calendar-icon copy

TestOil webinars and training events are developed and presented by industry experts. These webinars are designed to educate and inform attendees on the how to create and maintain a world-class oil analysis program. The one-hour webinars which focus on critical issues facing the industry, offer attendees an opportunity to share educational information to a large number of employees at one time.

Request A Private Webinar

TestOil can arrange a private webinar that is tailored to your company’s specific needs. If you would like to discuss this opportunity please contact Ashley Stromack at 216-251-2510 or via email at astromack@testoil.com.


New Year’s Resolution – Commit Some Time To Training!


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Testoil’s 2014 training calendar is now available!

TestOil’s training events are developed and presented by industry experts. The one-day seminars are designed especially for maintenance and lubrication professionals who are seeking world class oil analysis programs. This event is considered one of the best educational experiences in the industry for the latest and most critical knowledge of oil analysis.

Additional Date Add for TestOil Training and Lab Tour

Every year we host a training class in Cleveland and offer a tour of the TestOil laboratory.  This class has been a long time favorite of attendees because it gives them an additional day of education in a laboratory setting. Attendees are able to watch actual oil analysis testing being performed.  Every year this class is sold out, so this year we have decided to offer it in the Spring and the Fall.

2014 Training Locations/Dates

Request Private In-House Training For Your Company

Training can be provided on-site, or at a location that is convenient for your staff.  If you would like to discuss this opportunity please contact Ashley Stromack at 216-251-2510 or via email at astromack@testoil.com.

Leveraging The Power of Oil Analysis (TLT Magazine)

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In this article published by STLE’s TLT Magazine, we learn that when it comes to oil analysis programs success depends on attention to detail and failure to follow through on details, such as reading the entire report, is the primary cause of poor return on investment.

Our own David Kirkwood was interviewed for this article and stresses the concept that a well-designed, well-implemented oil analysis program demonstrates obvious return on investment.

Please click on the magazine cover to read more.

Are Your Engines NESHAP Compliant?



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As part of an effort to reduce engine emissions, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) adopted new national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) in 2010.  The new regulations apply to existing stationary compression ignition (CI) and spark ignition (SI) reciprocating internal combustion engines at area and major sources of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs).

This regulation, known as RICE NESHAP, NESHAP Subpart ZZZZ, Quad-Z, or RICE MACT, will require sources to achieve emission limits reflecting the application of the maximum achievable control technology (MACT), consistent with sections 112(d) of the Clean Air Act.

Under RICE NESHAP, facilities with stationary engines are required to meet stringent emissions standards, verify compliance, perform maintenance activities, and report their continued compliance to the EPA.  The process to achieving compliance will require the implementation of new processes, methods, and systems, each unique to the respective operator and unique operating conditions and locations.

With nearly 1.5 million stationary engines in the U.S. to be affected, there are lots of people searching for knowledge on the requirements of this new ruling.  However, as with any Federal regulations, the reading can be extensive, confusing and the process to achieving compliance quite intimidating.

To learn more about RICE NESHAP click on the magazine cover.

TestOil Recognized as Weatherhead 100 Winner For The Fourth Consecutive Years


Weatherhead 2013

TestOil, an independent industrial oil analysis laboratory, is proud to be named a 2013 Weatherhead 100 award winner.  This marks the 4th consecutive year TestOil has been named as one of the top 100 fastest-growing companies in Northeast Ohio.  Noteably, each year TestOil’s ranking on the list has gone up considerably, which is a true testament to the company’s hard work, commitment, and innovation.

The Weatherhead 100 has been one of the most recognizable and significant accomplishments that can be achieved by any Northeast Ohio business.  This prestigious award is a means to acknowledge, support and praise companies that were the fastest growing in the region.   Since its inception in 1987, The Weatherhead 100 list is objectively determined annually and highly regarded throughout the region.  Recognized organizations must demonstrate consistent growth over the previous five years.

Understanding Oil Analysis: How It Can Improve Reliability of Wind Turbine Gearboxes

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Reliability has been defined as the ability to rely on equipment to produce what it is scheduled to produce, when it is scheduled to produce it, for as long as it is scheduled to produce it with no interruptions. In the wind power industry, achieving reliability is simple in theory yet difficult to achieve.

Historically, wind turbine gearbox failures have plagued the industry. In order to improve reliability three major challenges must be met. First, a thorough understanding of gearbox loads is needed. Second, gearbox components must be properly designed and specified. Finally, lubricating oil in the gearbox must be kept cool, clean and dry and routinely analyzed to provide valuable information on the condition of the oil and gearbox.

This article published by Gear Technology and co-authored by Michael Barrett, TestOil and Justin Stover, C.C. Jensen, focuses on this third aspect of reliability; understanding lubrication, oil analysis and the vital role it plays in the life of the wind turbine gearbox.

Click on the magazine cover to read more.

How To Monitor Your Turbine Oil’s Health


Turbine oils, particularly those used in steam turbines, are expected to last 10 to 20 years. During this lifespan careful monitoring of both lube oil physical and chemical properties, together with common contaminants such as water and solid particles, is required and should be performed annually. This is true not just of in-service oils, but also for new oils, which must meet rigorous performance specifications prior to selection and use in a new application.

TestOil’s Annual Turbine Analysis Report is a comprehensive turbine test package that provides a detailed analysis of the health of your turbine oil and contains the following tests:

View a sample turbine report

View a sample turbine report

Understanding Your Test Results

Our Annual Turbine Analysis Report is a 9-page analysis summarizing each of the tests we perform and containing a detailed explanation of each test result. The report also contains a summary of finding, as well as recommended actions as identified by our analysts. Click on the report cover above to view a sample report.

To learn more about our Annual Turbine Oil Analysis Report, please contact:

Angela Ritchie
Phone: 216.251.2510

New Material Identification Analysis Testing


Technical Bulletin
New Material Identification Analysis Testing

TESTOIL has developed the Material Identification Analysis using Full Spectrum IR technology to analyze your mystery sludge and particles. A  solid deposit in a fluid system or a plugging filter is direct evidence of some sort of irregularity and a thorough analysis of this evidence can be extremely valuable in determining severity and root cause.

Why Use Material Identification Analysis?
When foreign materials appear in a sump or on a filter, the cause is not often obvious. Standard fluid testing may not be able to point to any specific problem. With the right analysis, this material can provide valuable evidence of a chemical problem with the fluid, mechanical problem with the machine, or external contamination into the fluid system.

Test Procedure
In most cases, sample portions are analyzed by ATR-FTIR.  In this technique, infrared light is reflected off the surface of a sample and a transmission spectrum is generated.  Different molecular structures will absorb different frequencies of light.  By studying a transmission spectrum, one can observe which frequencies were absorbed and characterize the molecules present.

Depending on the sample, additional testing may be added to further characterize the material.  Whenever possible, suggestions are given for possible sources or causes of the problem.  Any additional information provided by the customer (operating environment, machine symptoms, potential contaminants) is very helpful in enhancing recommendations.

Check out this video of our new MIA test.

Highlighting Employees’ Talents and Interests




We know the staff at TestOil are incredibly skilled at their professions, but it’s always exciting to find out what talents and interests they have outside of work.  We are delighted to showcase this lovely fruit basket and apple birds which was created by a member of our staff for our Memorial Day potluck.