Proper lubrication is the lifeblood of any rotating machine and Lubricant Analysis can be thought of as the “blood test” for Lubricated Mechanical Systems. With a complete lubricant analysis you can ensure your oil has the proper viscosity, additives, is free of contaminants, keep track of wear metals and particles as well as have a predictive method of knowing when the oil needs to be changed or conditioned. MTI’s customers have been able to save thousands of dollars by using oil analysis for determining when to change oil and filters.
MTI tests many different types of lubricants and coolants. Each type of lubricant/system requires specific tests. MTI has developed test packages for all the key lubricating and coolant systems. These systems/tests include:
- Gears & Bearings
- Combustion Engines
- Hydraulic Systems
- Refrigeration Systems
- Air & Gas Compressors
- Specialty Tests for Greases, Filters, Turbine Oil RVOT Oxidation, Cutting Fluids
Some problems found by Lubricant Analysis:
- Presence of Contaminants
- Presence of Wear Particles
- Loss of Additives
- Change in Viscosity
- Contaminant Metals
- Water Infiltration
MTI has its’ own in-house lubricant management and analysis software system “Lubeman Pro” for maintaining and managing our customers lubricant testing program. Lubeman Pro’s capabilities include: total database development with hierarchy by customer, location, area/department, equipment, equipment reservoir, oil type and grade, virgin sample files, test due dates, filter types, filter change history, sample history, trending, etc.
Employing lubrication testing and analysis predictive maintenance is essential to extending the life of machinery and preventing breakdown.