3 Phased Approach: A quick guide to Oil Analysis instruments and tests

Oil Lab Series 4

Previously in the Oil Lab Series we looked at tips to design your lab, specifically looking at your physical space as well as safety concerns. In this article we are expanding on your testing needs.

The below diagram breaks down the most important instruments, as well as the test that they perform.

At Yellotec, we recommend using a 3 phased approach to build and grow your laboratory. These 3 phases will allow you to set up your onsite lab whilst maximising your available budgets, as well as allowing you to expand your test slate without needing to replace instruments to upgrade. Here are the 3 phases:

Phase 1

  • Oil Shaker
  • Blotterspot
  • Wear debris with Filtergram analysis
  • Crackle test
  • Ferrous Quantifier

This phase will enable you to do basic “Go Nogo” tests onsite to identify immediate problems that can be fixed before severe damage occurs to the lubricated machine.

Phase 2

  • Reporting Software
  • FTIR
  • Viscometer

After this phase you will be able to analyse your samples in more depth, such as measuring the viscosity and chemical compounds found in the oil. The LIMS software allows you to collect test data in a organised database from which reports can be generated.

Phase 3

  • Spectrometer
  • Karl Fischer
  • Refractrometer
  • PH meter
  • Flash Point Tester


Talk to our expert Oil Lubrication team at Yellotec if you need any guidance with your Oil Analysis testing needs, as well as how you can use the 3 Phased Approach to expand your laboratory capabilities.

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