Oil analysis is a well-proven technique for monitoring difficult-to-access components in equipment that is being operated dynamically.  Its strength lies in its ability to identify faults and potential failures at an early stage.

Oil analysis is performed during routine predictive maintenance to provide meaningful and accurate information on lubricant and machine condition. By tracking oil analysis sample results over the life of a particular machine, trends can be established which can help eliminate costly repairs.

Oil sampling is a procedure for collecting a volume of fluid from lubricated or hydraulic machinery for the purpose of oil analysis. Much like collecting forensic evidence at a crime scene, when collecting an oil sample, it is important to ensure that procedures are used to minimise disturbance of the sample during and after the sampling process. Oil samples are typically drawn into a small, clean bottle which is sealed and sent to a laboratory for analysis.

The purpose of oil analysis is to:

  • Provide scientific reasoning for extending oil change intervals
  • Help schedule maintenance
  • Reduce downtime
  • Change oil on condition rather than time

How Often Should I Perform Oil Analysis?

Unless the original equipment manufacturer defines frequencies, sampling frequency should be determined by:

  • Criticality of machine
  • Rate of failure
  • Availability of replacement
  • Stability of lubricants
  • Budget
Machine Lubrication

What Does Standard Analysis Include?

Oil analysis

Analytical output from the laboratory can be tailored to your exact requirements. A typical suite of reports would include:

  • Particle counts to ISO standards
  • Full spectrographic analysis of wear metals, oil additives and contaminants
  • Total ferrous debris. including large particles
  • Viscosity
  • Infrared analysis of engine samples to monitor condition and degradation
  • Water Analysis
  • Fuel contamination
  • Sample examination under a microscope
  • Ferrography and Wear Debris Analysis are carried out when necessary
  • TAN and TBN are also available to ASTM D664-11a, D974-14E02 and D4739-2011

How it Works

Our Oil Analysis service ensures your machinery operates to their optimal levels.

Oil Process
Determine Test Suites
Bespoke Testing
We discuss your testing requirements and maintenance history
Test Kit Requirements
Tailored Kits
We design our kits specific to your requirements
Awareness Training
Accredited Training
We can provide standard or accredited lubrication training
Collect Oil Samples
You collect your samples and post them back to us for analysis
Testing and Analysis
Analyse Samples
Your oil samples are analysed and the results are uploaded to OMEGA
Results and Reporting
Alert Notification
You will receive an email to notify you that your results have been uploaded

Oil Sample Kits

The cost per sample for an oil analysis kit depends on the volume, type of sample and carriage cost for the delivery of the kits. Price is inclusive of the analysis and report, turnaround time from receipt of the samples in our laboratory is 1-3 business days.

What's Included

  • Pre-paid return envelope
  • 60ml bottle
  • Bottle label
  • Information ticket
  • Sample tubing (if required)
  • Small zip plastic bag
  • Sample pump (additional cost)

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For more information regarding our Oil Analysis service, contact us using the form below or email info@pcmseng.co.uk