Interpreting the Oil Analysis Report
Trends can be identified and used to implement maintenance actions.

It tells you what you need to know
Once you've taken your samples, completed the forms and despatched using the prepaid mailer, the laboratory will quickly process each sample and forward the Oil Analysis Report to you.
Each report will contain a wealth of information not available by any other means, critical to the operation of that item of equipment.

The information puts you in control
The best way to think of an oil analysis report is as a guide that not only tells you where you are today, but has a lot to say about seeing the way ahead. Experience has proven that if the oil analysis information is correctly interpreted and applied, it can remove the guesswork, enabling the operator to make informed and timely preventive maintenance decisions. In other instances, it substantiates what you have always believed, based on your own experience but have never been able to prove.

Reading the report
Most customers check the Equipment Details section first on Oil Analysis Reports. Once this is done, maintenance personnel require an overall view of the conditions of the oil or the equipment. This is done by checking the box containing the overall rating and then the diagnosis comments.
The diagnosis will guide you as to what action to take based on your results. If you need any help with this call the number on the test report for assistance understanding the advice. The ratings for the report are:

  • Normal - There may be something wrong
  • Warning - you will need to check something out
  • Action - change something.
  • Critical - pull down the machinery or stop machinery immediately

In the Sample Information section, actual results for wear metals, contaminants and physical tests are given.
All of the results are then plotted so that trends can be identified and used to implement rectification or maintenance procedures.

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