While a good oil analysis report provides detailed analyses and actionable recommendations, it is still important for your organization to have someone who can perform oil analysis interpretation in the context of the actual machine environment. Below are some fundamental tips on how to interpret your reports.
It is important to provide a comprehensive and systematic vision of the project while implementing a structured lubrication program. This will increase reliability while lowering operating costs.
An oil analysis program revolves around the final oil analysis report. When personnel lack experience in reading a report, they would soon feel frustrated trying to make sense of all the jargon. Frustration leads to lack of appreciation and eventual failure of your program. For your program to succeed, your team will need to come to terms with learning how to read and interpret an oil analysis report.
The goal of an oil analysis program is to ensure that a lubricated system is performing as it should. Your oil analysis results can help you come up with the right decisions to address the root cause of the problem or to prevent a malfunction from occurring.
Without disassembling and inspecting the equipment, wear debris in a lubricant may provide insight into what is going on inside a device. It's also good idea to rule out overheating, vibration, and high device pressure before drawing an oil sample for wear debris analysis.