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Going Beyond Oil Analysis

Dan Freeland


Combining the Journey of the Lubricant® with Oil Analysis

It is essential to perform regular oil analysis on industrial equipment to ensure that it is operating correctly and prolong the life of its components. Over time, the oil in a machine can break down and become contaminated. This can lead to machinery malfunctioning or even breaking down completely, resulting in costly repairs and downtime. Oil analysis can also detect wear in components that could result in eventual breakdowns and alert operators of any potential issues before they cause more serious damage.

Oil analysis involves testing the mechanical fluid used by machines for physical and chemical properties like viscosity, acid number, oxidation levels, contamination and water content. This testing helps identify any abnormalities that may be present, allowing technicians to diagnose and determine which corrective measures should be taken to maintain optimal efficiency and prevent more serious problems from occurring.

Regular oil analysis allows operators to intervene at an early stage before major repairs are needed. With this tool, it’s easy for them to keep a close eye on their machinery’s condition and respond quickly when necessary. It’s also important to note that regularly checking your machines’ fluids helps ensure the safety of workers near the equipment since faulty machinery is much more dangerous than properly maintained ones with clean lubricants circulating through them.

With all that in mind, Trico Corporation has developed the Orbital Oil Intelligence platform. Orbital combines the concept of the Journey of the Lubricant®, oil sampling data, peripheral equipment data, and environmental information to provide the most comprehensive oil analysis program. Orbital allows the user and our experts to compare, combine, analyze and report on all data points surrounding the health of your equipment.

Among many other features, Orbital also includes a “Journey of the Lubricant Score Card”, allowing users to maintain tangible matrixes as a part of their program. The scorecard utilizes four key factors along the Journey.
  • Fluid Quality – Your oil analysis results are used to indicate the condition of your lubricant and its ability to perform as required by the equipment’s application.
  • Protection practices – What types of practices you have in place to protect your lubricant from degradation.
  • Contamination Ingression – What methods you are using to protect your lubricant from water, particulate, and cross-contamination.
  • Equipment Protection – What methods do you have in place to protect your equipment from environmental conditions and the frequency you are performing oil analysis.

Combining all these factors, along with the oil analysis data, allows our experts to provide one on one feedback to users as to the current status of your oil and equipment. They can also provide guidance on actions to be taken and how to improve your program.

Isn’t it time to step away from oil analysis companies that leave you to interpret complex reports on your own. Companies that only provide the most basic, canned comments that leave you wondering what to do next.  It’s time to enter a real partnership that can help you thrive. A real partnership that will provide expert one on one analysis and recommendations related to your equipment, your program, and your success. Come and check out all that Orbital has to offer.