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Maximize Your Efforts with Oil Analysis Skills Training


One aspect of a reputable, self‐sufficient oil analysis program that is often overlooked is training. Trained technicians that understand how important quality lubrication procedures are will be key in maintaining a program.

Staffing of a lubrication program is extremely important. You may consider hiring someone with a proven track record of success, however do not overlook the talent you already have in your plant. There are likely several people already in your organization that would be good fits.

Once your staff is in place you can look at outside resources to assist with training. There are several companies that offer excellent training in lubrication fundamentals and practices and most will be willing to come to your site if you have enough people to fill a class. Do not forget to include supervisors and managers. They need to be onboard and be aware of what is required and the benefits that can be achieved by implementing an oil analysis program.

Oil analysis is an ever‐changing technology and to reap its benefits, one must continually receive quality training.

Training options may include:

  • Classes and/or certifications
  • Trade shows and conferences are another way to help personnel stay on top of recent advances in their field.
  • Department budget should reflect these educational opportunities from year to year.

TestOil offers several types of oil analysis training options including monthly webinars and regional training classes.

How to Select Oil Analysis Test Packages


Oil analysis test packages should be carefully considered. Different equipment have different test profile requirements. When determining what test packages to choose, the actual equipment and the surrounding environment should dictate what tests are appropriate.

Keep in mind that with oil analysis your goal is to increase machine reliability through improved fluid condition and early detection that otherwise would not be obvious unless it causes machine failures. Having an idea about what the various tests are, what they can accomplish, and taking into account the maintenance philosophy being practiced, test packages can easily be drawn up to accomplish the desired results. For example, you may know that some equipment can be run to failure much less expensively than the cost of performing a regular oil analysis. On the other hand, on machines with smaller reservoirs when oil quality is all that would be monitored, it may be best to continue with regular or even increased frequency of oil changes.

When determining what test packages you need, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. What is being monitored, the machine, the lubricant, or both? These three items require a different set of tests. Each type of machine should have a test package tailored to its needs. You should also begin a dialogue with an oil analysis lab to help you determine what test packages will help you reach your goals.
  2. How often will samples be taken from each machine? Depending on the criticality and type of testing, frequency of sampling could range from once a week to annually.

Trying to determine the correct test slate for an oil-lubricated piece of machinery can be daunting.  If you are not sure what tests are right for your equipment, contact TestOil.  This article published in Machinery Lubrication may also be helpful.

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