Oil analysis in predictive maintenance

Using oil analysis in predictive maintenance will certainly bring you benefits.

As the popular saying goes: “prevention is better than cure”. For the same saying applies to the necessary care with equipment, whether in the industrial, transportation, agriculture, or civil construction areas, for example.

Thus, oil analysis has a fundamental role in predictive maintenance of equipment. This is because, in addition to avoiding losses, it also guarantees perfect performance and increased productivity.

As you can see in the video, monitoring of oils, fluids and compartments is recommended:

1 – Engine oil;
2 – Hydraulic oil;
3 – Differential oil;
4 – Transmission oil;
5 – Coolant;
6 – Grease;
7 – Diesel;
8 – Gear
9 – Insulating oils

Oil analysis in predictive maintenance

But, how important is oil analysis in preventive maintenance? Simple. Professionals in the area explain that the process helps to detect oil contamination by particles, or by water, for example.

  • Water: the presence of water is quite common in oil. It usually causes accelerated corrosion of surfaces, wear of parts, among others;
  • Particles: they are the result of the external production process itself, such as the transformation of metals, wood, mining, among others. It still occurs internally, with natural wear of parts;

How oil contamination harms the equipment

Contamination of the oil harms the equipment. In some cases, it can even be responsible for serious losses, which cause great financial losses. On a daily basis, oil outside the ideal standards can have consequences such as:

  • Constant filter saturation;
  • Wear of parts;
  • Increased consumption;
  • Increased consumption;
  • Lack of machines and engines;
  • Low performance;
  • Oxidation of nozzles, pumps and injection engines;

In addition, contaminated oil is responsible for leaving machinery and equipment out of service, which means considerable daily losses. Thus, investing in oil analysis is essential for predictive maintenance.

Video – How oil analysis can prevent problems

How does oil analysis take place?

Investing in predictive maintenance is important to ensure the quality of the oil and, consequently, to increase the useful life of the equipment. The best way to accomplish this is by analyzing the oil.

Oil analysis is performed after collecting a sample from the machine, which is taken for analysis in the laboratory. It is important to note that different analyzes can take place, as different samples can be collected from different parts of the equipment.

Video – Discover a collection kit for oil and fluid analysis

The results of the oil analysis

Each sample has an individual report and the oil analysis points to the possible presence and quantity of contaminating elements. Through this it is possible to know if the situation differs from the standards considered normal.

Oil analysis is essential for predictive maintenance, as it allows the identification of problems and the consequent action to avoid serious failures. This avoids unnecessary and higher than expected expenses.

Video – Discover a monitoring tool

Which sectors can benefit from oil and fluid analysis techniques:

Aero generators
Forestry and Pulp Paper
Mining and Steel
Road Transport
Rail Transport
Power Generation and Distribution
Oil & Gás
Service providers

What you can do besides analysis

In addition to oil analysis, we recommend the use of microfiltration techniques to guarantee the quality and purity of oils and fluids. The process is extremely efficient, being able to eliminate solid microparticles that contaminate the oil, as well as being effective in removing excess water.

Microfiltration is the process capable of containing particles that are not eliminated by traditional filtration, which normally only retains large and medium residues. The technology eliminates solid waste with pores between 0.1 to 10 micrometers, separating the particles that contaminate the oil. That is, the fine and ultrafine particles.

Quer saber mais sobre o papel da análise de óleo na manutenção preditiva ou sobre a microfiltragem? Then get in touch with POC Filters professionals, who are always on hand to assist in the search for the best solutions for your equipment.

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