Oil analysis is a predictive maintenance technology that allows users to diagnose lubricant and machine issues. Predictive maintenance technologies are geared towards catching problems before they occur. The best use of oil analysis is tracking and trending values over time. This technology determines chemical and physical properties of the lubricant. These properties can be utilized to make an informed maintenance decision about the condition of the equipment and lubricant.
Oil analysis is similar to a routine blood test. By looking at a blood sample, a physician can determine the overall health of the individual. The same can be said for oil analysis. The analysis results give the end user an idea about the overall health of the equipment being tested.
There are other predictive maintenance technologies like vibration, thermography, ultra-sound, and motor current signature analysis available in the market place. Out of all these, oil analysis is by far the cheapest predictive maintenance technology. For literally pennies on the dollar you can receive a dramatic return on your maintenance dollars by employing oil analysis.
In today's current economic climate and the ever changing pricing of petroleum products, it is hard to believe many companies fail to see the benefits of oil analysis. If you are not performing oil analysis, you are missing the opportunity to save your company money.
Now, more than ever, you need oil analysis!