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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

Learn How to Interpret an Oil Analysis Report


The oil analysis report is a vital tool for a smooth running operation. Going deeper than the report summaries and knowing how to analyze the oil analysis report can help prevent equipment breakdown and unnecessary equipment teardowns.

Typical oil analysis reports feature problem summaries, lubricant and machine condition status, and critical alerts. They should also include graphical depiction of various tests, as well as other visual elements to assist in the interpretation of the test results.

Reading an oil analysis report can be overwhelming unless you know what you are reading. Too often in lube analysis the failure of a program can be attributed to the lack of interpretation of the conditions report and an inappropriate response to the results. When this happens, valuable information is lost. The reason for this can largely be attributed to the lack of training of your maintenance professionals. Without a solid understanding of the purpose of lube analysis and the ability to interpret test results they can not be expected to carry out this duty.

Maintenance professionals should receive training and education in lube analysis. In fact, training and
education should occur at several different levels and with everyone who contributes to machine reliability, from management all the way to craftsmen.

Need Some Training? We Can Help!

Webinar:  Oil Analysis Report InterpretationRegister-NOW-Button_pill ORANGE
Aug 19 2014 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (CDT)

We are offering TestOil’s most popular webinar one more time in 2014!  During this educational webinar you will learn from analyst, Dwon Ruffin, his process for reviewing and analyzing oil analysis reports. Dwon will review some of the most common tests run on industrial equipment and teach you how to read test reports. He will also walk you through marginal and critical reports and teach you how to decipher various alarms. You will walk away with an improved knowledge of oil analysis report interpretation.