Identify minor problems before they become major failures

Routine fluid analysis gives you a window inside your equipment to identify and resolve problems at an early stage to mitigate unrecoverable downtime.

Why you need it

  • Detect failures at an early stage
  • Maximize uptime through improved reliability
  • Optimize the life of your equipment
  • Plan and schedule upcoming mechanical repairs
  • Support reselling and purchasing decisions
  • Enhance your operations and maintenance planning
Laboratory Services

Program Features

  • ISO 17025 laboratory quality system
  • Industry-specific testing packages
  • Flexible sample registration options
  • Expedient freight options
  • Next day laboratory turnaround
  • Convenient and flexible reporting options
  • Sample Rank™ results evaluation
  • myLab™ online data management toolkit
  • Reliability consulting services
  • Three laboratories across North America and 30+ years experience
  • Professional training seminars
  • Customer Care toll-free support

Available Tests

Fluid Life offers a variety of individual tests for oils, antifreeze (engine coolants), fuels, filters and specialty fluids.

TESTS TEST METHOD VOLUME TURNAROUND*
% Fuel Dilution by Gas Chromatography ASTM D7593 mod. 10ml 1 day
% Glycol Contamination by Gas Chromatography ASTM D7922 mod. 10ml 1 day
% Coolant Contamination in Engine Oil By Chemometric FTIR FL Method 10ml 1 day
% Soot Diesel Engines only ASTM D7844 mod. 100ml 1 day
% Water Contamination By Karl Fischer ASTM D6304 mod. 10ml 1 day
Water Contamination / Crackle test / (Positive / Negative) Crackle Test 100ml 1 day
Acid Number FL method 10ml 1 day
Acid Number (ASTM D664) ASTM D664 mod. 30ml 1 day
Acid Number (ASTM D664) + ipH (Initial pH) ASTM D664 and D7946 mod. 30ml 1 day
Acid Number (ASTM D974) ASTM D974 mod. 30ml 1 day
Air Release Test (outsourced) ASTM D3427 500ml 7 days*
Analytical Ferrography ASTM D7690 mod. 10ml 3 days
Base Number (ASTM D2896) ASTM D2896 mod. 30ml 1 day
Base Number (ASTM D4739) ASTM D4739 mod. 30ml 1 day
Base Number FL method 10ml 1 day
Copper Corrosion ASTM D130 mod. 80ml 7 days
Demulsibility ASTM D1401 mod. 100ml 7 days
Flash Point (Cleveland Open Cup) ASTM D92 mod. 100ml 3 days
Flash Point (Closed Cup) ASTM D93 mod. 100ml 3 days
Foam Test Sequence 1 ASTM D892 mod. 200ml 3 days
Foam Test Sequence 2 ASTM D892 mod. 200ml 3 days
Foam Test Sequence 3 ASTM D892 mod. 200ml 3 days
ICP Spectrometry (23 elements) ASTM D5185 mod. 100ml 1 day
ISO Particle Count ISO 4406 / ISO 11500 20ml 1 day
ISO Particle Count w/ Optical Particle Classification (OPC) ASTM D7596 mod. 50ml 1 day
Kinematic Viscosity @ 40C ASTM D445 mod. 100ml 1 day
Kinematic Viscosity @ 100C ASTM D445 mod. 100ml 1 day
Viscosity Index ASTM D2270 100ml 1 day
Oxidation / Nitration / Sulfation Engines only ASTM D7414/D7624/D7415/E2412mod. 100ml 1 day
Pentane Insolubles / Toluene Insolubles (outsourced) ASTM D893 50ml 7 days*
RPVOT Oxidation Stability ASTM D2272 mod. 200ml 7 days
RULER / Remaining Useful Life (requires new oil reference comparison) ASTM D6971 mod. 20ml (+ ref oil) 7 days
Rust Test ASTM D665 mod. 800ml 7 days
Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) (outsourced) SEM Call for info Call for info*
Total Magnetic Iron (TMI) Equivalent to PQ Index FL Method 10ml 1 day
Varnish Potential / Membrane Patch Colorimetry (MPC) ASTM D7843 mod. 100ml 1 day
X-Ray Fluorescence Oil Analysis FL Method 30ml 3 days

*Turnaround cannot be guaranteed on outsourced testing. Days noted are Business Days.

Rapidly changing engine technologies have placed much tougher demands on engine cooling systems. Today’s coolant formulations are more advanced than ever, but the fact remains that 50% of all premature engine failures are related to cooling system performance. Cooling systems are often neglected but unresolved issues within the coolant can rapidly lead to much bigger problems relating to engines, transmissions or hydraulics.

Routine coolant analysis verifies that the right coolant is in service, that correct chemical balances are being maintained and that the integrity of the cooling system has not been compromised by mechanical issues.

TESTS TEST METHOD VOLUME TURNAROUND*
BASE TEST (Tests are not sold on an individual basis)
Physical Appearance Color / Clarity / Odor / Precipitates
pH
Conductivity
Nitrites by Titration
Refractive Index Freeze Point / Boiling Point / % Glycol
BASE TEST: Methods
Visual Assessment
ASTM D1287 mod.
FL Method
FL Method
ASTM D3321 mod
100ml 3 days
Reserve Alkalinity ASTM D1121 mod. 30ml 3 days
Molybdates FL Method (Test Kit) 5ml 3 days
Carboxylates FL Method (Test Strip) 3ml 3 days

*Turnaround cannot be guaranteed on outsourced testing. Days noted are Business Days.

Diesel fuel systems have become increasingly sophisticated in order to maximize fuel economy and meet emissions regulations. This new reality has placed more demands on the quality and cleanliness of diesel fuels being burned in today’s engines. Regular testing of your diesel fuel during delivery, storage or handling ensures compliance with engine manufacturer requirements while protecting you from costly fuel contamination or degradation issues.

TESTS TEST METHOD VOLUME TURNAROUND*
Sulfur Content X-Ray Fluorescence** ASTM D2622 mod. 30ml 3 days*
ISO Particle Count ISO 4406 mod. 30ml 1 day
% Water Contamination Karl Fischer method ASTM D6304 mod. 10ml 1 day
Fuel Bacteria Test Bacteria / Mold / Fungus FL Method 50ml 7 days
Fuel Distillation** ASTM D86 mod. 100mL 3 days*
Cetane Index incl. density and distillation** ASTM D4737 200ml 3 days*
Bottom Solids and Water** FL Method based on ASTM D2709 30ml 3 days
Viscosity @40C ASTM 445 mod. 10ml 1 day
Sediment Photo FL Method 30ml 1 day
Clear & Bright Fuel Test (Visual Check) FL Method based on ASTM D4176 100ml 3 days
ICP Spectrometry ASTM D5185 mod. 10ml 1 day
Flash Point (Closed Cup)** ASTM D93 mod. 100ml 3 days*
Cloud Point** ASTM D2500 mod. 50ml 7 days*
Copper Corrosion ASTM D130 mod. 50ml 7 days
Color Test ASTM D1500 30ml 1 day
Density** ASTM D287/D4052 mod. 100ml 3 days*

*Turnaround cannot be guaranteed on outsourced testing. Days noted are Business Days.
**Outsourced in the U.S.

TESTS TEST METHOD VOLUME TURNAROUND*
Penetration Test (unworked) ASTM D217 500g 7 days
Penetration Test (worked) ASTM D217 500g 7 days
Penetration Test 1/4 cup (unworked) ASTM D1403 mod. 50g 7 days
Penetration Test 1/4 cup (worked) ASTM D1403 50g 7 days
Dropping Point ASTM D2265 mod. 10g 7 days
Color FL Method 10g 7 days
Base Oil Viscosity FL Method 100g 7 days
Total Magnetic Iron Equivalent to PQ Index FL Method 10g 1 day
Analytical Ferrography ASTM D7690 mod 10g 3 days
X-Ray Flourescence Grease Analysis FL Method 120g 3 days

*Turnaround cannot be guaranteed on outsourced testing. Days noted are Business Days.

Filter debris analysis was first developed by the aviation industry many years ago. It has gained acceptance as a powerful diagnostic tool for many machinery components over the past decade or so. Unfortunately, traditional oil analysis techniques like spectrometry have detection limitations – normally effective of around 5 microns. These techniques are also restricted to only those particles that can pass through the filtration system. As a result, oil analysis alone is not enough to predict impending machinery failures. The only way to capture larger particles is to extract them from the filter since it is a ‘chronological data bank ‘ for machinery components. The filter traps the larger wear metals and contaminants (metallic and non-metallic) over a period of time, thereby retaining both present and past failure mode indicators.

Our analytical procedure includes a thorough microscopic examination to determine the amount, size distribution, type and morphology of the filter debris. When used along with wet chemical testing and X-Ray Fluorescence, exact determination of any type of metallurgy or contaminant can be attained. Filter debris analysis unlocks the wealth of information found inside your filters and offers a comprehensive assessment of machine wear.

TESTS TEST METHOD VOLUME TURNAROUND*
Filter Debris Analysis FL Method 1 filter 7 days
X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) Filter Analysis (Industrial / Spin-on) FL Method 1 filter 3 days
X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) Filter Analysis (Spinner) FL Method 1 filter 3 days

*Turnaround cannot be guaranteed on outsourced testing. Days noted are Business Days.

TESTS TEST METHOD VOLUME TURNAROUND*
Urea Content (from nitrogen) (outsourced) ISO 22241-2 Annex B 100ml 7 days*
Density (20oC) 100ml 3 days
Refractive Index (20oC) ISO 22241-2 Annex C 100ml 3 days
Urea Content (From Refractive Index) ISO 22241-2 Annex C 100ml 3 days
Alkalinity as NH3 (outsourced) ISO 22241-2 Annex D 100ml 7 days*
Biuret content (outsourced) ISO 22241-2 Annex E 150ml 7 days*
Aldehydes (outsourced) ISO 22241-2 Annex F 150ml 7 days*
Insoluble matter (outsourced) ISO 22241-2 Annex G 100ml 7 days*
ICP trace elements (outsourced)
P, Ca, Fe, Cu, Zn, Cr, Ni, Mg, Na, K
ISO 22241-2 Annex I 100ml 7 days*
FTIR identification (outsourced) ISO 22241-2 Annex J 50ml 7 days*
ISO Code by Microscopy Microscopy 100ml 1 day

*Turnaround cannot be guaranteed on outsourced testing. Days noted are Business Days.

Available Tests

Fluid Life offers a variety of individual tests for oils, antifreeze (engine coolants), fuels, filters and specialty fluids.

Rapidly changing engine technologies have placed much tougher demands on engine cooling systems. Today’s coolant formulations are more advanced than ever, but the fact remains that 50% of all premature engine failures are related to cooling system performance. Cooling systems are often neglected but unresolved issues within the coolant can rapidly lead to much bigger problems relating to engines, transmissions or hydraulics.

Routine coolant analysis verifies that the right coolant is in service, that correct chemical balances are being maintained and that the integrity of the cooling system has not been compromised by mechanical issues.

Diesel fuel systems have become increasingly sophisticated in order to maximize fuel economy and meet emissions regulations. This new reality has placed more demands on the quality and cleanliness of diesel fuels being burned in today’s engines. Regular testing of your diesel fuel during delivery, storage or handling ensures compliance with engine manufacturer requirements while protecting you from costly fuel contamination or degradation issues.

Filter debris analysis was first developed by the aviation industry many years ago. It has gained acceptance as a powerful diagnostic tool for many machinery components over the past decade or so. Unfortunately, traditional oil analysis techniques like spectrometry have detection limitations – normally effective of around 5 microns. These techniques are also restricted to only those particles that can pass through the filtration system. As a result, oil analysis alone is not enough to predict impending machinery failures. The only way to capture larger particles is to extract them from the filter since it is a ‘chronological data bank ‘ for machinery components. The filter traps the larger wear metals and contaminants (metallic and non-metallic) over a period of time, thereby retaining both present and past failure mode indicators.

Our analytical procedure includes a thorough microscopic examination to determine the amount, size distribution, type and morphology of the filter debris. When used along with wet chemical testing and X-Ray Fluorescence, exact determination of any type of metallurgy or contaminant can be attained. Filter debris analysis unlocks the wealth of information found inside your filters and offers a comprehensive assessment of machine wear.

Industry Specific Test Packages

We offer specially designed industry specific test packages to support your equipment reliability needs.

Sampling Resources

Sample Kits

ORDERING SAMPLE KITS

Sample kits are typically sold in packages of ten. Each sample kit includes:

  • Leak resistant black outer mailer bottle with Fluid Life address.
  • Sterile white test sample bottle.
  • Sample card for sample information and customer contact information (if ordered).
  • Testing and analysis of the sample itself.

Order online at Order Desk or call toll free.

SAMPLE CARDS

Our sample cards are designed to ensure accuracy and results integrity. Please download and fill out all sampling cards as completely as possible. If the information is fully completed, your sample will be processed in the shortest amount of time.

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SHIPPING SAMPLES

Fluid Life offers an easy and convenient way of getting your samples to one of our labs.

  • Fluid Life offers prepaid mailers with delivery standards of one to two days.
  • Customers also have the option to use the courier or shipping method of their choice. When shipping fuel samples, please contact your shipping provider for the stipulations and regulations of that shipping company.

Samples can be couriered or shipped to one of our three locations.

Selecting an optimum sample point is the first step in any successful oil analysis program. The correct sample point ensures any sample drawn is representative of the system. Fluid Life offers a selection of premium sample ports, valves, fittings, and pumps, providing a complete range of tools and collection devices that make sample taking easy and effective.

Vampire Pump

Vampire Pump

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Push Button Fitting

Push Button Fitting

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Pitot Tubes and Accessories

Pitot Tubes & Accessories

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RFID Tag

RFID Tags

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The key to a successful oil analysis program is to first establish the ‘normal’ baseline for a given asset.  Every asset may have its own unique conditions for maintenance and operations, and determining its typical levels of contamination and wear help identify when those levels become abnormal.

Consistent sampling at regular intervals, utilizing a repeatable procedure, will reduce the noise within the data to make it easier to spot any deviations from normal results, providing the earliest, and proper, notification of necessary action.

FLUID LIFE HAS DEVELOPED THE FOLLOWING SAMPLING PROCEDURES:

Oil Sampling Using a Drain Plug/Pipe
This is the sampling procedure for oil sumps/reservoirs, without fixed sampling hardware installed where dipstick or fill-cap access is unavailable. The oil sample is collected by gravity drain into a sample jar.

Oil Sampling Using A Pushbutton Valve & Probalyzer Valve
Learn how to properly take oil samples from components installed with a pushbutton valve or KST/Probalyzer valve.

Oil Sampling Using a Sample Valve
This is the sampling procedure for a pressurized fluid system equipped with a “Thread-on Probe” style sample valve ( i.e. Fluid Life B-Series Sample Valve).

Coolant Sampling Using a Pushbutton Valve or KST/Probalyzer Value
This is the sampling procedure for the coolant component, which is installed with a pushbutton valve or a KST/Probalyzer valve.

Coolant Sampling Using a Sample Pump
This is the sampling procedure using Fluid Life 38U Vampire Pump. The pump kit comes complete with a 38mm suction pump, some heat resistant tubing and a flush jar. This procedure can be used for coolant systems without fixed sampling hardware installed where radiator or pressure cap access is available.

Fluid Life takes a consultative approach to help you define and document the scope of your fluid analysis program and testing requirements.

Talk to a Fluid Life representative today to get the answers you’re looking for.