eSource 115 Proving the Value of Using Oil Analysis

eSource 115 Proving the Value of Using Oil Analysis

Posted 02 May 2019
It’s a win-win for ALS and one of our clients and proves the value of oil analysis. ALS was sent an excerpt in an Annual Report from one of our PLP’s (Private Label Programs) we do. The excerpt was about how the implementation of proactive maintenance practices (including oil analysis) as part of a reliability centered lubrication program, was used to maximize uptime and cost avoidance for one of their clients. The end user is a family owned construction company located in the state of Washington.

The asset being sampled was the diesel engine from a Kobelco model SK260-10 excavator. The PLP and end user consulted with ALS regarding the elevated Lead levels flagged on the reports. Through proper use of oil analysis and data interpretation, an elevated trend in the bearing metals (Lead) enabled the end user to detect a deteriorating main bearing before it became a failure. The end user decided to take action based on the elevated Lead levels, and the actual total repair costs were:

Parts Cost: $500.00

Labor Costs: $440.00

Lowboy Rental: $1000.00

Fluids and Misc: $200.00

Total Repair Cost = $2140.00

Noted in the Annual Report, was that the end user recognized that without using oil analysis to detect this problem, the engine would have run until failure occurred due to main bearing wear. The resulting cost to the end user would have been:

Engine Cost: $27.000.00

Labor: $55.00/hour x 50 hours = $2750.00

Total Cost without Oil Analysis = $29,750.00


Total Cost Avoidance using Oil Analysis = $27,610.00 !

Looking at the sample history, there were six samples taken before the end user shut the engine down for repair. The cost per sample is ~ $20.00. So $27,610.00 on $120.00 is a very healthy Return on Investment! Every day we are saving our customers money, and proving the value of our service.

Written By:

Edward F Eckert, CLS, OMA I
Diagnostics Manager, Tribology
North America


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