Practicing Oil Analysis May 2007

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Jim Fitch, Noria Corporation

Viscosity can go up, down or remain unchanged. The list of root causes that can alter a viscosity reading is quite extensive; hence the reason why viscosity has become such an information-rich...

Noria Corporation

If you are a regular participant on Noria's message board, and there are nearly 3,000 of you who are, then perhaps you've come across Bruce381. After all, he has posted more than 50 messages,...

Matt Spurlock, Noria Corporation

How often do you change the oil in your car? One of the most common answers is "every three months or 3,000 miles." Another answer may be "5,000 miles" or even "7,500 miles." I recently asked a...

Ashley Mayer

On-site oil analysis laboratories are becoming more popular as reliability professionals realize the profits a well-designed and well-managed lab can reap. The strengths of an on-site lab include...

Norbert Assion, Soms Technologies Miles Flamenbaum, Soms Technologies Debashis Sahoo, Soms Technologies

Conventional engine oil filters effectively remove contaminant particles larger than 40 to 50 microns from the lubricating oil. Some premium filters state filtration efficiency down to 25 microns. The...

David Pinchuk, Thermal-Lube Inc. J. Pinchuk, Thermal-Lube Inc. F. R. Van De Voort, Mcgill University Ir Group

Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy is an analytical technique used to determine chemical components in new and used oils using a single instrument. Information about the state of...

Timothy J. Alavosus, VHG Labs, Inc.

In the wear metals testing laboratory, as in all laboratories, significant time is devoted to the quality of the analyses. Laboratory management strives to ensure that the instrumentation is properly...

Michael Barrett, Insight Services

Lubricating oil in gas turbines and hydraulic systems is unfortunately subject to the ravages of varnish. It is well-documented that varnish is a thin insoluble contaminant comprised of oil...

Dave Wooton, Wooton Consulting

Oxidation is the most predominant reaction of a lubricant in service. It is responsible for numerous lubricant problems - including viscosity increase, varnish, sludge and sediment formation,...

Ray Garvey, Emerson Process Management

Does viscosity affect ISO optical particle counting results? Generally, particle counting is performed on both new and used (in-service) oils having ISO viscosity grades of 32 to 68, and the...

Water in oil can cause quick and costly breakdowns. This type of fluid contamination can also result in problems such as additive depletion, oil oxidation, corrosion and accelerated component wear...

Suzy Jamieson, ICML

In May 2007, the International Council for Machinery Lubrication (ICML) will participate in Noria's "Lean, Reliable, and Lubed" Conference and Exhibition in Louisville, Kentucky. As in previous...

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