The Importance of Lubricant and Fluid Analysis in Predictive Maintenance
Machine condition monitoring or predictive maintenance is the practice of assessing a machine’s condition by periodically gathering data on key machine-health indicators to determine when to schedule maintenance. One of the keys to keeping machinery operating at optimal performance involves monitoring and analyzing lubricant oils for characteristics such as contamination, chemical content and viscosity. Billions of dollars are spent annually replacing machinery components that have worn out due to the inability of the lubricants to perform the required task. Knowing how to interpret changing lubricant properties can increase both the uptime and the life of your mission critical capital equipment. The existence or amount of debris and particles from wearing parts, erosion and contamination provide insights about the issues affecting performance and reliability.