Oil analysis can uncover, isolate, and offer solutions for abnormal lubricant and machine conditions when used as a predictive maintenance tool. These abnormalities can result in expensive, sometimes catastrophic damage causing lost production, extensive repair costs, and even operator accidents.
The goal of an effective oil analysis program is to increase the reliability and availability of machinery while minimizing maintenance costs associated with oil changeouts, labor, repairs, and downtime. Accomplishing this goal takes time, training, and patience. However, the results are dramatic and the documented savings and cost avoidance are significant.