When taking on a new oil or coolant testing regime, do not take on too much at once. When getting started, focus on equipment of particular interest and do not feel every piece of machinery has to be brought on board at the same time. This will allow an opportunity to fine-tune internal processes for submitting samples to the laboratory, verify that the selected test package is applicable, and ensures a process for following up on test reports and data is provided. Sometimes it makes sense to focus on the more problematic areas initially and build the program from there. There is also the consideration of safety and how practical it is to obtain a sample. At times, due to equipment location or configuration, it may be better to apply another condition monitoring practice such as thermography or vibration analysis.
In summary, equipment selection can be listed and graded for priority according to a matrix:
- Capital investment
- Frequency of failure mode types
- Criticality and penalty of failure
- Duty cycle
- Work environment
- Machine age
When starting up an analysis program for equipment lubricants and coolants, ALS is available to assist in equipment selection and the appropriate test packages. We can work with both your lubricants supplier and maintenance staff. For further information please contact us.
David Doyle, CLS, OMA I, OMA II