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Benefits of Oil Analysis with ALcontrol

1. Condition Based Maintenance – Improve your Maintenance Strategy and Save money with ALcontrol

ALcontrol enables you to change your maintenance strategy from reactive to proactive meaning we give you confidence to act. Often lubricating oil is changed at set intervals regardless of condition of the oil or system. This may be based on operational hours, mileage or time period and is called preventative maintenance. However, most of the time the oil and unit may be in a good condition and not only does it waste money in new oil, the process of an oil change can actually introduce contamination into your system that can cause wear and failure of your machinery.

There are 4 main maintenance strategies that a business may choose to use. These include:

Reactive – run the equipment to failure / fault. There are few circumstances where this is a viable option, but only valid when components are cheap and quick to replace or the equipment is not critical.

Preventative – replacing components or changing oil at set intervals. This is better than Reactive as it uses statistics to predict when equipment typically fails or when oil typically comes to the end of its life and the operator makes the replacement before this period. The disadvantage with this system is it does not take into consideration the true condition of the machinery or oil. This leads to oil and components being replaced too early and can be very wasteful. More importantly, it does not identify the machinery that will fail earlier than statistically predicted, nor does it identify the cause of any wear taking place.

Predictive – analysing the unit for abnormal wear processes. This can be done by oil analysis as well as other none destructive testing methods such as vibration, thermography and Acoustics. Oil analysis can  identify different components wearing abnormally because different parts of the system are made of different metal alloys, each with its distinctive signature.  This maintenance strategy can identify evidence of wear in a unit, such as piston wear in an engine or gear teeth wear in gearbox, and can allow repair work to be carried out before a failure occurs. This does not identify why the failure/fault happened in the first place.

Proactive – This is what sets oil analysis apart from the other predictive maintenance strategies because it is both predictive and proactive, identifying the root cause of the problem before the onset of wear. For example the machinery may also show evidence of dirt ingress, which can be detected and identified as a fault with the air induction system / seals.  ALcontrols proactive and predictive programme identifies the root cause and allows you to correct this at a planned and convenient point.

See how much your maintenance strategy is costing you using the relative maintenance costs below and see how ALcontrol can save you money?

2. Experience – ALcontrol are the Benchmark in Oil analysis

Our quality and auditing processes are at highest laboratory industry levels and we have the highest levels of laboratory accreditation with ISO 17025, ISO 14001 and ISO 18436 meaning ALcontrol is the lab you can trust with your machinery ALcontrol are independent and not tied to any OEM or oil company meaning that your report is truly independent. Maintaining this independence and impartiality is so important to us that ‘Integrity First’ is our number one company value that all members of our laboratory team from a laboratory technician to our CEO embrace on a daily basis.

ALcontrol process thousands of samples per day from equipment just like yours at our state-of-the- art condition monitoring laboratory and our diagnostician team has a combined 120 years experience in monitoring, trending and giving advice on all types of lubricated, insulating, fuel, coolant and Adblue systems. Even our competitors recognise we are the benchmark in oil analysis, with many sending their staff on ALcontrol’s British Institute of None Destructive Testing and ISO 18436 approved training courses.

Put simply - You cannot be in safer hands than with ALcontrol.

 

3. Trending analysis – unique to each piece of machinery

Everyone is different, and so is your machinery. What is normal for one machine may be critical for another. That is why ALcontrol use trending on all lube oil samples to establish what is normal for the machinery and apply custom limits to each individual unit. In the example figure below a piece of machinery is monitored over time on 4 parameters - Silicon (Si), Iron (Fe), Aluminium (Al) and Chrome (Cr). The results x axis along the bottom reflects each sample taken, so one in January, February, March, April and so on. Without knowing what the equipment is you can see something is not correct on the 4th sample because the results all seem higher than the results have been in the past – without realising it you have just trended a sample. In this example it was an engine with Piston (Al), and Liner (Fe) wear caused by dirt (Si and Al), which had entered through an air intake system where the filters needed replacing. The customer replaced the filters, changed the oil and the machinery went back to normal trend levels. If this had been left unchecked it would have most likely caused a failure of the equipment, but by monitoring the equipment we have proactively helped our client correct the problem and save on costly repair costs of a complete failure. You can see that regular sampling of your equipment allows you to establish trends and identify problems early on. Since we do not only trend wear metals (predictive) and we also monitor fluid condition and contamination sources we can identify causes of wear before they even cause wear – all this without the need for a crystal ball..

 

4. Branding – Give added value to your customers and introduce new revenue schemes

If you do not recognise the name ALcontrol or Lubetrend with regards to oil analysis this means we are doing a very good job for our customers as you may not have even realise our laboratory performed the analysis. Our white labelling of our website and report options allows you to brand our oil analysis with your livery giving better customer relations to your customers and a potential revenue scheme to you from selling on the analysis service to your customers. Currently there are over 300 different brands of oil analysis with our customers’ livery that are all tested at our laboratory.

Which are the brands that use us? If you have received an oil analysis report from an oil company, filter company or OEM that is branded with their livery on the report then it is highly likely that ALcontrol performed the analysis. Why not contact ALcontrol about our branding options and how we have help you build your business using ALcontrol’s analysis.

 

5. Independence

For warranty or legal cases nothing is more important than a truly independent laboratory report. ALcontrol can offer this to you, and because we have the highest level of accreditations it means our reports count. Even some of our branded customers still opt for our logo next to theirs to show the independence of the analysis performed especially in warranty cases.

 

6. Flexible test suite options

Despite processing thousands of samples daily, we still pride ourselves in giving our customers the personal touch and endeavour to give each customer as many options as possible in every area of the services we offer. We are truly the most flexible fluid condition monitoring provider giving you flexibility in branding, submission sheet types, report formats, email reporting rules, condemning limits used and of course test suites. Typical test suite options include universal type kits that can be used for many system types, but sometimes you require a more customised test suite such as the fuel sampling test suite options below. 

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