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Are Contaminants Putting Your Critical Machines at Risk? Here’s How to Find Out.

Whether through system vents or breathers, or inadequate seals or filters, water and particulates can find their way into your machine lubricants and cause a lot of trouble.

Regular oil sampling and analysis is the only way to know for sure whether contaminant ingression is a threat.

To gain the right insight, however, you may need to go deeper than what typical oil analysis involves. That means exploring all factors of lubricant and machine performance. Such as comparing what the spec says should be in the lubricant formula with what’s actually in the lubricant when in receiving, storage and service. As well as considering all relevant equipment and environmental conditions.


What Your Oil Sample May Reveal

A good oil analysis report will contain some highly technical scientific data; it’s not going to be in terms everyone easily grasps.

That’s why, in addition to a complete report, you’ll probably want a one-on-one consultation that gives you not just data, but independent insight and advice about:

Lubricant Contamination – Is there water or particulate ingression? It’s the single biggest threat.

Lubricant Effectiveness – Viscosity and acidity are key factors, as is the status of the additive package. Has it been depleted?

Equipment Diagnostics – What’s the nature of a problem? Can it be fixed?

Fault Detection – Does abnormal wear or another issue suggest a looming threat?

Failure Prognosis – Does the machine need to be repaired or replaced?

Postmortem Analysis – What caused the failure, and how can you avoid it next time?

 All this might be more than you’re used to. But it’s what’s required to determine and execute real solutions to complex root causes.


Getting the Sample Right from the Start

It’s important to note that the insights you gain from oil analysis can only be as good as the samples you start with.

Collecting good samples means:

  • Sampling from the right places – particularly live/turbulent zones
  • Labeling samples properly
  • Submitting samples quickly to reduce chances of tainting




Request your complimentary oil sample analysis from Trico today.

Please fill out the form, and we’ll expedite a complete analysis that looks for contamination, lubricant effectiveness, potential equipment issues and more.

We’ll get your report back to you in about a week, and walk you through it to make sure you know what it means and what you can do next to solve problems, prevent others, and optimize performance.