Think of oil analysis for your machine as you would a blood test for humans.
Oil acts as a lubricant between the various moving parts, it helps to control the temperature of the machine, and it prevents corrosion and wear.
What is perhaps not so well known is that oil is also an indicator of an machine’s condition. Any wear, corrosion, additive depletion, unburnt diesel, dirt and water ingress to be found within a machine appears in its oil.
Through the analysis of a machines oil we are able to pick up problems such as excessive wear and dirt entry, before these problems manifest themselves in a total shutdown of the system.
By reading the trend of certain wear metals, contaminants or additives, Oilwatch is able to allow you to employ preventative maintenance. Repairing or replacing the affected part before it causes total machine failure.
Common misperceptions about filtration
If a 10 micron in-line filter blocks prematurely and has to be serviced on a frequent basis, then by installing a finer micron filter, maintenance will become more frequent, more costly and maintenance intensive. THIS IS INCORRECT!
The science of Tribology shows that each particle of contamination effectively generates 3 wear metal particles – a wear ratio of 1:3.
If all contaminants up to and including 10 micron are able to pass directly through a 10-micron filter screen, and go on to create additional wear particles, COMPOUNDING exponentially, until a grinding solution is formed. The grinding solution continues to wear away components and block filters as a result. Break the chain of growth, by stopping these microscopic particles before they do damage, thereby increasing equipment and filter life. A logical approach to the problem yields dramatic results.
The case for increasing filter micron size
This will provide longer filter life but will negatively impact lubrication cleanliness resulting in rapid chemical degradation of the oil, shortening life of the oil and the equipment it is lubricating. This is a negative approach to cost reduction.