EXPLANATION OF TESTS
EXPLANATION OF Industrial Testing
Industrial Oil analysis is an effective, in-expensive tool which provides information about the internal condition of the major components in vehicles and equipment. Analysis reports will provide you with the results of tests performed, evaluation, recommendation, and a cumulative history of previous tests to identify contaminants. Any tests that are outside normal limits will have a shaded box over the result.
- Viscosity cSt @ 40 ° C: Measures the flowability of an oil at a given temperature. High viscosity readings generally indicate too long an interval between oil changes, or possibly high contamination, operating temperatures.
- Oxidation: Is the deterioration of oil due to the chemical reaction of oxygen and various constituents of the fluid. The oxidation rate increases with an increase in temperature, an increase in the amount of air and water and in the presence of metallic particles, dirt and dust.
- Nitration: Occurs when oxides of nitrogen form from heat and pressure. Accumulation of nitrogen compounds cause thickening and deposits.
- Karl Fischer Water: This test for water is very accurate. Will report water results in ppm (parts per million).
- TAN: Total Acid Number. Measure the amount of acidic products present in the oil. A high TAN usually means overheated oil or the presence of oxidation byproducts.
SPECTROMETRY / ICP
We provide 23 elements on all of our reports. The measurement of these tests are in ppm (parts per million). The elements consist of wear, additive and trace elements. See origin chart for more information.
- Particle Count: Particle count data is reported at three contamination levels, 4 microns, 6 microns and 14 microns. High numbers at the 4 and 6 microns may indicate “silting”; which may indicate a problem with valves not completely closing, as well as other potential problems. High numbers at the 14 micron detection areas indicate abnormal wear is occurring which will cause substantial damage and unscheduled downtime.
This analysis is intended as an aid in predicting mechanical wear. No Guarantee, expressed or implied, is made against failure of this component.
For additional information and specific interpretation contact the lab at 1-800-848-4826.