Scheduled OIL ANALYSIS and interpretation is critical to the efficient running of any plant. Unfortunately, due to lack of knowledge on the subject, the entire report is left in the hands of laboratories. They, due to obvious reasons, make use of an industry determined standard to provide feedback to the relevant plant. The result is a comment of ‘normal’, ‘requires attention’ or ‘critical’ appearing in the top right hand corner of the analysis report.
Instead of the report being utilized as a tool to aid with identifying the condition of the internal working parts of a machine, the report is simply graded according to the comment appearing in the top right hand corner. Then cast aside.
An OIL ANALYSIS should warn of undesired wear occurring within the component. Action must then be taken so as to correct the problem well in advance to any failures occurring.