Premature tool wear is certainly frustrating for machinists, which not only leads to higher scrap and longer job times, but also costs money in tooling. In most cases, it’s not the tool's fault. Lab analysis is the solution in most situations when some hidden problems with the machines lubricant affects the overall machine performance. The solution can be as simple as sound contamination reduction, improved filtration, appropriate lubricant, and concentration maintenance.

Oil analysis is the only way to determine what’s happening inside your equipment. A snapshot fluid analysis will help you identify most issues in an efficient manner. When testing lubricants, we can examine the following factors:

Viscosity

Viscosity, simply put, is about how thick or thin a fluid is. For instance, water is less viscous fluid. Viscosity is a major property of hydraulic oil and it has a massive impact on efficiency, wear rate, and performance of your equipment. Wrong viscosity results in insufficient cooling at the workpiece interface. Also, machine operators have to deal with slower speeds and feeds. Contaminants in the system can also shift the viscosity.

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Metal particles and additive content

Excessive metal particle content in the lubricant creates a harmful environment. Absence of proper filtration systems will let the unfiltered particles cause premature tool wear and affect surface finish. It is also important to examine the additive content to uncover potential contaminants in the system.

Solutions

The purpose of oil analysis is to identify the core issues. After analyzing industrial fluids and documenting issues, you need to develop a sound lubrication strategy that adequately addresses the lubrication-related issues. The following should be the key ingredients of your lubrication strategy:

Oil filtration systems

Oil cleanliness and preventive maintenance can dramatically improve the overall health and efficiency of your equipment. When you apply the right filtration process to ensure fluid cleanliness, it becomes easy to reduce or eliminate contaminants, which will eventually solve most of your equipment issues. In addition, a carefully-engineered amount of additive or oil can resolve fluid problems.

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Industrial equipment demands regular maintenance and well-thought-out lubrication procedures. Maintaining your critical equipment is not a one-time job; you have to track progress and make sure to detect problems on time through preventive maintenance.

If you’re not sure how to select the right fluid for your equipment, consult a full-service maintenance company. In Canada, Micro Lube is a leading maintenance company that provides a complete range of lubricants, filtration systems, storage and oil dispensing solutions to a broad range of industries. Visit our site for more information!