Almost any size agency can justify a good oil analysis program.
Unexpected downtime of equipment can increase operational costs as well as maintenance and repair costs. Early indication of equipment component deterioration can allow for scheduling of maintenance on a timely basis that will allow prevention of a costly failure. Prevention of unexpected downtime or failure also reduces the possibility of unusual hazards to personnel who operate the equipment.
Oil analysis is an indicator of the condition of the lubricant and can allow the optimization of drain and service intervals.
The oil may be capable of longer service and thus save the labor costs of an oil change as well as the cost of the oil.
If the oil condition deteriorates more rapidly than expected, changing of the oil and/or filters can prevent vehicle problems from abrasion, corrosion, or loss of lubrication.
In addition to more accurately determining the need for oil change, other mechanical problems can be identified and repaired before a catastrophic failure. For example, very small coolant leaks can be identified by the trace of metallic elements that are left when the coolant fluid evaporates. These elements show up long before a leak is severe enough to provide traces of liquids in the oil system.
No oil analysis program can eliminate 100 percent of the lubrication related problems that may occur. It can, however, contribute to the overall profitability of almost any operation by being a significant predictive maintenance tool.
For step by step instructions on how to take an oil sample, click here.