Spotlight on SGS Services: Oil Condition Monitoring
Proper lubrication of machinery is the single most significant contributor to the long working life of machinery.
It is estimated that 75% of all bearing failures are due to lubrication issues. Whether these failures are caused by contamination or just the wrong lubricant, the value of proper lubrication cannot be overstated.
SGS Oil Condition Monitoring (OCM) services help to prevent machinery failure through the use of a machine operation and failure analysis program. Analysis of lubricating oil, greases and hydraulic fluids gives a fast and accurate picture of what is happening inside power generators, gearboxes, compressors, hydraulic systems and other critical machines. It also yields vital information on the condition of the oil itself.
Our responsive, state-of-the-art OCM service combines the expertise of diagnostic engineers with the latest techniques for analyzing lubricating oils, greases and hydraulic fluids. Both the physical and chemical characteristics of the oil are checked, yielding information on the wear of metals and the oil itself. We can carry out sampling or provide inexpensive, easy-to-use kits for samples to be mailed to our laboratories, with quick turnaround times.
During lube test analysis, we notify clients immediately of any alert situations by phone or fax, enabling them to take immediate action. Our team of experts in the US provides state of the art tribology analysis to better understand the causes of component failure. Additionally, all our experts can train client staff on how to use the OCM program. Effective monitoring of lube oil allows maintenance to be scheduled efficiently, minimizing the risk of damage to expensive plants and avoiding unscheduled downtime.