You have a continuous process and if any key piece of equipment goes down, your production may be significantly interrupted. When unplanned outages occur, it may be days or weeks to obtain and install spare parts. Routine fluid analysis gives you a window inside your equipment to identify and resolve problems at a very early stage, which puts you back in full control of your production schedules.
Oil analysis is a proven technique for monitoring and maintaining critical plant assets such as hydraulics, gearboxes, compressors, turbines, pumps, etc.. In order to maximize the benefits of oil analysis, it is important to select a test package that gives you the information and quality you’re looking for while staying within your budget. Fluid Life offers a series of five standard test packages, along with a myriad of individual test options.
We can help you:
- Detect failures at an early stage
- Mitigate equipment safety concerns
- Manage your contamination control efforts
- Confirm oil selection and condition
- Plan and schedule upcoming mechanical repairs
- Identify necessary shutdown work
- Prolong the useful life of your components
- Optimize your oil drain intervals
- Better manage spare parts inventory
- Integrate with other condition-monitoring techniques
Fluid Life takes a consultative approach to help you define and document the scope of your oil analysis program. Talk to a Fluid Life representative today to get the answers you’re looking for.
The PLANT1 package satisfies the basic requirements for monitoring fixed-plant equipment. This package identifies any abnormal component wear, indicating the presence of potential failures in-progress. It also allows you to ensure the proper lubricant is being used by determining if the viscosity is within the appropriate range, whether the oil is a mineral or synthetic (or a mix) and if the additive package is correct. Lastly it is used to confirm that your lubricant is not overheating or being exposed to moisture (cool and dry).
Lubricant contamination is typically the #1 failure mode of lubricated components, and may be responsible for 70 – 85% of all lubricant related failures. For this reason The PLANT2 package is the most commonly used test slate for fixed-plant equipment. In addition to the PLANT1 tests listed above, this package also measures total system contamination using ISO particle counts. Fluid Life performs the best type of particle count for each component ensuring the most accurate results and usable information.
While the PLANT2 package is sufficient for most fixed-plant applications, the PLANT3 package is for customers with large critical assets who cannot afford to have unplanned downtime. Fluid Life`s PLANT3 package provides a more advanced assessment of oil degradation, contamination and wear. Typical applications are power generation and turbo-machinery such as pipeline or refinery equipment.
Varnish issues have become more common in recent years due to higher operating temperatures and machine load factors. PLANT4 is the suggested test package for assets that are prone to varnish-related issues or failures. Typical applications are turbines, large hydraulics & hydraulic injection molding machines and large circulating lube oil systems.
PLANT5 is the recommended test package for validating turbine oils during delivery and commissioning activities. It is also used as an annual validation of the oil condition to determine whether or not it needs to be changed. Turbine downtime and oil changes are expensive; ensure you are not performing maintenance unnecessarily.
When selecting a test package, please consider the following questions:
- What are your goals for the oil analysis program?
– Early detection of failure conditions (predictive maintenance)
– Monitoring contamination control efforts (proactive maintenance)
– Measuring the extent of oil degradation (condition-based maintenance)
- Which approach is better suited for your operation:
– Collecting samples frequently and trending basic information
– Collecting samples less frequently, but reporting more in-depth information
- Can one test slate be used for monitoring all of your equipment, or do some assets warrant additional testing?
- If additional testing is warranted, how will this testing be requested (i.e. on a machine-based, time-based or condition-based schedule)?
Contact Fluid Life to purchase your test kits and associated sampling supplies.