The practice of oil analysis has drastically changed since its original inception in the railroad industry. In today’s exploding computer and information age, analysis has evolved into a mandatory tool in reliability centered maintenance programs.
As a predictive maintenance tool, oil analysis is used to uncover, isolate and offer solutions for abnormal lubricant and machine conditions. These abnormalities, if left unchecked, usually result in extensive, sometimes catastrophic, damage, causing lost production, extensive repair costs and even operator accidents.
The goal of any oil analysis program is to increase the reliability and availability of machinery, while minimizing maintenance costs associated with oil change outs, labor, repairs and downtime. Accomplishing these goals takes time, training and patience.
The Practical Guide to Oil Analysis, now in its fourth edition, was written to provide useful, sometimes commonsense, information to help customers understand oil analysis. This pocket handbook provides a quick reference for understanding abnormal lubricant and machine conditions, and helps readers better understand the condition of their company’s lubricants and equipment.
There is no charge for this booklet, and it is available to U.S. residents only.