No industrial oil analysis is complete without a comprehensive wear debris analysis. Wear debris analysis (WDA) is a non-intrusive way to see inside complex machinery without taking it apart. Accurate identification of wear debris fragments can tell you which machine elements are damaged, and the nature of the problem which generated the debris.

Most (80%) of abnormal machine wear comes from one of four mechanisms:

  • Abrasion
  • Fatigue
  • Adhesion
  • Corrosion

Wear debris analysis tells you both the mechanisms and the severity. Armed with this knowledge, you can go after the corresponding route causes such as dust contamination, vibration faults, lubricant starvation or water contamination.