Oil Analysis

Trico’s The Journey of the LubricantTM Oil Analysis Services

Think about The Journey of the LubricantTM in your facility – from arrival, to storage, to transfer, to application and life cycle – and all the ways contamination can get into your lubricant. Contamination threats and lubricant degradation are lurking at every stage. These undesirables get into your lubricant and can quickly compromise your equipment. Costly, stressful equipment downtime may follow. That’s why it pays to be vigilant against contamination and lubricant degradation. By following The Journey of the LubricantTM from arrival through its life cycle, you can see how every step offers an opportunity to implement preferred practices that mitigate risks. That’s where Trico can help. 

Implementing Trico’s The Journey of the LubricantTM Oil Analysis Services

Arrival – Trico’s Oil analysis services at this stage are essential from a forensic standpoint. Without a reference sample diagnosing problems later in The Journey of the LubricantTM becomes more difficult because there will be more variables to eliminate. It is also important upon arrival to do analysis as it provides an indication of the condition and care your supplier has taken to ensure lubricant is proper and contaminant free. 

Storage – Storage reference samples begin to identify how your practices are impacting your lubricant condition. This includes environmental ingression, cross-contamination of drum pumps, and improperly sealed or left open bungs that introduce water and particulate contamination into the lubricant. 

Transfer – Transfer reference samples provide the best baseline for equipment test results. Any changes from storage to transfer is affected mostly by personnel interactions. This includes the use of cross-contaminated equipment, and improperly sealed or open transfer containers. These factors can introduce contaminants and can cause the onset of chemical reactions compromising the condition of the lubricant. 

Application – Improper equipment configuration can allow contaminants into your system or cause the production of wear particles from inadequate lubrication. Oil Analysis offers the earliest warnings about things that could go wrong and spot signs of wear. 

Life Cycle – The most effective maintenance programs incorporate on-going, routine oil analysis and data trending for continuous improvements and monitoring of lubricant and machine condition.  

Trico’s Oil Analysis Services helps you see the condition of your lubricant at every stage throughout The Journey of the LubricantTM and helps prevent equipment failure. We have a customized approach that includes a discovery process where we gain an understanding your practices, your application, and your environment. The results gathered are used to pinpoint the source of problems and highlight opportunities for improvement. The outcome is a tailored program for you to succeed based on The Journey of the Lubricant. From there on-going oil analysis is used for continuous improvements and monitoring. Our analysts can detect failures in progress and point you straight to the root cause, providing you with sufficient lead time to schedule corrective maintenance before catastrophic failure, with minimal disruption of your operations. 

Trico provides over 50 standardized laboratory tests for industrial lubricants, fuels and coolants. Whether you are starting a fluid analysis program or improving an existing program, we will help you customize a test suite that will maximize the benefit of your predictive/preventive fluid analysis service.


Why Trico?

Trico has the highest number of dedicated staff with the best training and education in the business. Our experienced techs assist customers with oil analysis services to ensure an effective proactive maintenance monitoring program that includes: