When you’re working in high end industrial services, it’s important to use quality products throughout the production process to help you produce a high quality product at the end of the line. For example, Formula One cars are the ultimate in driving machines, millions of hours and pounds go into ensuring that these machines are the mac daddy in driving machines. Every gram of weight is measured and shaved off wherever possible. Imagine you’re in pole position, waiting for the last red light to go before you drop your foot to the floor and accelerate away from the rest of the group, accept one of the interns working in the pits hasn’t filled the tank with high spec petrol; instead he’s filled it with custard. Not ideal.
This analogy is a little on the ridiculous side but it proves my point. When working towards an end product in industry, you must ensure that everything you put into the process of making the end product is as good as the product itself. To ensure quality throughout industries spend vast amounts of money on high end lubricants and oils to leave no margin for error or possible percentage of a spoilt batch.
To combat the possibility of ending up with custard in your engine, industrial companies use a process of oil analysis
on all of their oils and lubricants that go into making the end product. This is a conditioning monitoring scheme that measures the worth of all the lubricants that go into making industry work at full capacity. By testing and analyzing these oils on site the process can continue with little intrusion to performance output whilst still ensuring that only the highest quality lubricants go into the process.
By constantly analyzing these lubricants and oils, problems and potential mechanical failures can be stopped before they actually occur. The ability to test on site the quality of oil and lubricants going into your system allows you a point of quality control, detecting underperforming or out-of-spec fuels or lubricants before they have a chance to danger your whole production line.
Here’s a list of the ways in which you can test the quality of your lubricants and fuels whilst on site.