What is Oil Tribology?
Oil tribology is the analysis of friction, wear, lubrication and contact mechanics, particularly in an engineering and a mechanical context. Oil analysis looks at additive depletion, wear metals (microscopic metal particles produced when two metal surfaces rub against each other) and other contaminants (dust, water, fuel – even wrong oil grade) within the lubricant which reveals any deteriorating internal components.
Oil analysis can pinpoint the source of wear metals (bearings, gears, clutch plates etc), trend the wear rate of the deteriorating internal component and advise when maintenance needs to be scheduled to prevent a breakdown in service.
Do Different Machines Need a Different Type of Oil Analysis?
Different industries requires different analysis based on the different machine components. Ensuring the right lubricant is used within a machine is vital to the ongoing condition and reliability of that machine. Oil analysis takes a look at the oil chemistry and advises you when your lubricants needs changing, to ensure the ongoing protection and maximum performance of your machinery.
Oil analysis should be done on a regular basis. We can provide customers with complete oil sampling kits, containing: sample bottles, plastic syringe & tubing and return pre-paid postage envelope.
Our oil analysis report, featuring colour-coded alarm-levels and clear comments for recommended maintenance action, enables customers to:
What Needs to Be Checked and Why?
Oil condition monitoring should be an ongoing process and not a one off spot check. On-going monitoring as part of a proactive maintenance program enables trends to be looked at which provides an insight into the machines operating condition.
About Southern Lubricants
Southern Lubricants has been the leading lubricant supplier in the Southwest of England for more than 30 years. Our expert and technical knowledge combined with our ability to source all major brands of lubricants, means that we can provide a solution to all your lubricant needs. While our roots are firmly based in the Southwest, we have customers all over the UK who use us for our technical expertise, superior service and ability to be a single-source supplier.