Some companies give up on their oil analysis programs because they can’t achieve the desired results or apparent benefits. They take the samples and send them to the lab but still find it difficult to either identify or resolve the lubrication or maintenance-related issues. On top of that, most oil analysis programs become more labor-intensive than they were originally anticipated, making it difficult for companies to continue their oil analysis efforts.

How many benefits you drive from your oil analysis program depends on your planning and execution. Oil analysis is more than just collecting the samples; it requires a comprehensive, strategic and proactive approach to achieve considerable results from your lubrication efforts. If your previous oil analysis program has failed, it’s time to start a new one with more dedication and professionalism.

Purposes of oil analysis

An effective oil analysis program starts when you realize the significance of equipment reliability. Take oil analysis as a technique to monitor your oil-lubricated machines. An oil sample taken from a machine can tell you a lot about the health of a machine or what’s going on inside the machine. The valuable insight obtained through oil analysis efforts can help you extend the performance and lifespan of industrial equipment.

From proactively monitoring harmful oil contaminants to monitoring the condition of the equipment and reducing downtime, studying oils inside your machines will help you improve your preventive maintenance efforts. Here are steps to oil analysis success:

1. Commitment

It’s vital to commit to the oil analysis program to materialize the numerous benefits. From the necessary finances and training to manpower, nothing should stop you from executing your plan. Make sure to set measurable goals and make quick adjustments to achieve them.

2. Develop a baseline

Developing a baseline will make it easy for plant management to know the effectiveness of the program. So, before initiating the program, the maintenance personnel responsible for the program must understand the equipment, failure rates, and costs. The existing maintenance data and insights can help create a good baseline.

3. Select a reliable lab

If your plant isn’t large enough to have an in-house oil analysis lab, it’s critical to select a commercial, dependable lab to carry out routine oil tests. Make sure the lab you’re choosing have adequately educated lab personnel, advanced equipment, best test practices, ability to process oil samples quickly, and availability of technical assistance or support.

4. Follow recommended best oil analysis practices

Sampling frequency, tools, procedures, and locations are some of the important aspects of an oil analysis program. Make sure to follow the oil sampling best practices to extract useful insights. The end-user must understand the limitations, dos and don’ts of sampling, equipment criticality, and the value of sampling hardware.

If you don’t have the manpower or equipment to execute an effective oil analysis program in your facility, talk to an experienced maintenance company.

About Micro Lube

Micro Lube is a full-service maintenance company in Canada where we help industries resolve their maintenance and lubrication-related issues. We provide a wide range of oil lubrication, sampling, storage, filtration and dispensing solutions from internationally trusted brands like Harvard Filtration. Contact us for more information!