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Tribology

You use lubricants for all your machines. However, just like the solid components, the lubricants suffer from wear and tear as well. They gradually lose their lubricating qualities and become polluted. When this happens, they can no longer fulfill their purpose.

lubricating oils losing their effect

Oil analysis 

A thorough examination of microscopic particles in oils and lubricants can determine whether a machine is still in good condition. The particles can provide additional information regarding the severity and cause of machine problems. The examination can bring the following issues to light: 

  • Welding beads - Small metal balls that remain after welding may cause damage to the rotating parts of the machine. 
  • Heated metal - When the machine overheats, metal remnants remain in the lubricants. 
  • Brass - Brass in your lubricants may indicate a problem in the bearing cage. This can quickly cause major damage. 
  • Iron parts - Almost all components of your machines contain iron: bearings, shafts, pistons, etc. A detailed analysis of the iron particles may indicate problems with specific parts of a machine. Expensive and extensive revisions are not necessary, because after replacing a damaged or worn part you can immediately start using your machine again.
Oil analysis

Examining deterioration

Some machines and devices require high-quality lubricants. Through detailed analysis in a specialized laboratory and interpretation by our specialists, we are able to exactly determine the state of your lubricants and whether they require replacement. 

The laboratory test include the following: 

  • Viscosity 
  • Pollution (water) 
  • Acid and base number 
  • Flashpoint
  • Water separability
  • Foam test
  • Corrosion resistance (Fe & Cu) 
  • Oxidation
  • Additives 
  • Wear Particle Concentration (WPC)