November 5, 2015

NEW FLAG LIMITS FOR DIESEL ENGINE TESTING

One of the ways to the get the best from your oil analysis program is to have the most effective flagging limits; cutting down on nuisance flags and alerting problems. In our efforts to give you the best oil analysis interpretation, we perform a yearly update to our flagging limits. The updates are aimed at ensuring that our oil analysis results are as current as your ever-changing technology.

WE ARE NOW USING THE SAME METHOD TO MAKE NEW FLAG LIMITS FOR OXIDATION, NITRATION, SULFATION, AND SOOT ON DIESEL ENGINE APPLICATIONS.

Historically, flag limits for these tests were very general. With these new flags, for example, all Cummins QSK60 engines in the oil sands will be flagged separately from the Cummins QSK60 engines in coal mining and separate from any Cummins QSK45 engines. Additionally, tiered diesel engine limits (Tier 1, 2, 3 & 4) for FTIR based tests are being used in applicable circumstances.

Due to the new limits, you may see flags where you didn’t commonly see them before. The new limits are industry and more equipment specific, so getting the lab the correct manufacturer and model information is even more important than it was before. You may notice some cases where the flag limits are now lower and a few that are now higher, this is mostly likely due to the new limits being more specific to the type of equipment reported to the lab.  If you have any questions on your results, please feel free to contact the lab as always.

If you would like to give additional information (the sub-model feature is only available to Fluid Life at this time) about the units or components at your site, please contact Fluid Life.

DOES YOUR SITE HAVE TIER 4 ENGINES?

With the new sub-model field, Fluid Life is proud to announce the addition of Tier 4 (interim & final) diesel engine flagging limits in some of its engine models. Read more about the changes and how your company can benefit in Tier 4 Preliminary Findings: How Tighter Emissions Regulations Are Changing Your Oil & What You Can Do About It

DOES YOUR SITE HAVE UNIQUE OPERATING CONDITIONS OR UNIQUE ASSETS?

Fluid Life understands that our flagging limits work the best with large quantities of the same component across large industries that are tested at our labs.  If your site has unique operating conditions, assets, or has particular reliability goals, then site specific flagging limits could be optimal for you. Learn more about site specific flagging limits.