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We aim to process oil samples in 1-3 business days in order for you to make time-critical decisions. However, we aim to analyse all oil samples as soon as possible.

Urgent samples can be processed in the same day with prior agreement/communication with the lab.

Oil sampling kits include pre-paid return envelope, bottle, bottle label, component information ticket, sample tubing and small zip plastic bag. We can provide a sample pump at a cost of £25 per pump.

Before taking any samples make sure the bottle, tubing and syringe/pump are free from any source of contamination. This is essential in ensuring a representative sample of the oil to provide you with the most accurate results possible.

You must also:

  • Sample the agitated oil / after running component at least 10 minutes.
  • Sample the oil at operating temperatures.
  • Do not allow external contamination, e.g. dirt / water to enter the sample.
  • Check remaining oil level and top up as required.

You will be notified by email when your results are ready. We can issue a PDF report or exception report as required.

You will also have access to our free web-based reporting platform, OMEGA, where you can view results, history, export reports and trend data.

To find out more about OMEGA click here: https://pcmseng.co.uk/services/oil-analysis/omega/

Our oil laboratory is accredited to ISO 9001:2015 quality standards which means our tests meet the highest quality and lubricant analysis management systems and procedures.

We can carry out the following test suites:

  • Visual inspection
  • Elemental Analysis
  • Viscosity
  • Water Determination
  • Total Acid Number (TAN)
  • Total Base Number (TBN)
  • Infrared Spectroscopy
  • Particle Count
  • Total Insoluble Matter (TIM)
  • Flash Point
  • Microbial Analysis
  • Coolant Analysis

For more information on our test types, visit https://pcmseng.co.uk/services/oil-analysis/test-types/

Test suites are determined based on component type, environmental considerations and customer requirements. In addition to standard lubricant analysis, bespoke analyses can be produced for:

  • Coolant
  • Diesel Fluid
  • Grease
  • Transformer Oil

Our oil analysis service can be applied across many different industries. We process over 50,000 oil samples each year for clients in the following industries:

  • Industrial Plants
  • Rail
  • Shipping
  • Mining
  • Manufacturing
  • Marine
  • Transport
  • Construction
  • Aviation
  • Energy
  • Land-based

PCMS Engineering takes customer support to a higher level from routine analysis and reporting.  By combining efforts, we can offer support on:

  • Component fault type identification and commonalities analysis
  • Lubricant optimisation
  • Lubricant recommendation, supply and trial programmes
  • Root cause analysis
  • Advanced analysis and troubleshooting
  • Failure and metallurgical investigations
  • Ferrography and wear debris analysis
  • Application of supporting CM technologies
  • Oil sensors and on-site equipment

The cost per sample for the kit and analysis would depend on the volume and type of samples including carriage cost for delivery of the kits.

To request a quote visit: https://pcmseng.co.uk/services/oil-analysis/request-oil-sampling-kit/