The History of Oil Analysis, or

oil condition sensorThe emergence of onboard sensor technology and usage is clearly at hand and ever expanding. Sensors represent a dynamic, long-term paradigm shift in the way oil is and will be analyzed. Tracing the history of oil analysis will help us understand how this came about and, perhaps, where it might lead.

In the beginning: The first serious inspection efforts were made in laboratories


Oil Level IndicationOil level indication is a vital part of any system and requires a quick and simple checking procedure. Ideally a quick visual sight check during other regular maintenance


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TRIM® SC609 is a highly versatile product that works well in a wide range of operations including grinding, milling, turning, drilling and tapping. It has been formulated for maximum stability against bacteria or fungus and is extremely hard water tolerant.   Superior corrosion prevention is assured thanks to fast wetting that quickly and effectively coats the workpiece and chips.

True to the TRIM® ethos, this new semi synthetic contains no DEA, boron, chlorine, sulphur EP, nitrites or phenolic compounds.  It is easily recycled or disposed of without special handling or equipment.

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Rolls-Royce has been highly satisfied with the use of lubricants made by Klüber for their low-pressure hydraulic motors for deck machinery, and consequently recommends them to their customers: The Klüber product GRAFLOSCON B-SG 00 Ultra is to be used for running in the tooth flanks, while Klüberfluid C-F 3 Ultra is recommended for subsequent operational lubrication.

The adhesive lubricants developed for open gears by Klüber Lubrication meet the demanding requirements of anchor handling winches and have proven successful on such vessels for many years. A further benefit is that the company offers a comprehensive range of priming, running-in, operating and repair lubricants. Klüberfluid, for example, is a series of highly viscous, transparent adhesive lubricants enabling a long component life by protecting tooth flanks reliably against wear and corrosion. The fluids' good adhesion and specific formulation make for long relubrication intervals and hence a tangible reduction of operating costs.

Moreover, disposal of these lubricants after use is unproblematic since they are free of bitumen, heavy metals, solvents or chlorine. Also, the quantity of Klüberfluid required for reliable lubrication is up to 50 percent lower than with operating lubricants containing graphite. All this results in considerably lower costs for the user, based on the products' high efficiency, eco-friendliness and the lower disposal costs.

Synthetic lubricants cut energy costs

Energy ChartIndustry in general is still to wake up to the full energy saving potential of enhanced lubricant technology,   perhaps   because   energy   saving synthetic  lubricants  are  perceived  as  expensive, compared to traditional mineral oils. Justification for increased expenditure on lubricants can be difficult, as lubricants are often viewed as a maintenance cost, while energy is seen as an operating cost.

A recent study at a leading food manufacturer by Fuchs Lubricants, illustrates the savings that synthetic oils can offer. Energy consumption was reduced by more than 5% in hydraulic systems and bearings, > 5% in spur gears and >30% in worm gears. Trials of new synthetic lubricants on a single 100HP rotary compressor, operating on full load over three shifts, resulted in savings of

Better Machinery Maintenance & Condition through Fuel & Lubricating Oil Management

Kittiwake RangeCondition monitoring of fuels and lubricants used in industrial plant and equipment has become one of the main weapons in the fight to reduce premature failure of engines, gearboxes and hydraulic systems. In particular, determining the presence of water or the gradual degradation of the TBN (Total Base Number) of the engine oil can be one of the first indicators of potentially expensive and possibly catastrophic failure of the plant.

Regular sampling and analysis of fuel, lubricating and hydraulic oils will enable maintenance engineers to assess the condition and performance of their machinery oils over time, allowing critical adjustments to be made to ensure maximum operational performance and efficiency.  Downtime is extremely costly and in most cases avoidable if proactive maintenance of critical machinery is adopted. 

Key indicators for oil condition include; Total Base Number, Total Acid Number, Water in Oil, Density, Compatibility, Viscosity, Insolubles and Pour Point.  Effective management and control of these parameters is essential to meet the daily operational requirements of the machine.

Oil Analysis - From Laboratory Analysis to Online Sensor Technology.

Kittiwake Oil AnalysisImplementing an oil analysis sampling frequency strategy is fundamentally an identical process whatever the industry.  However, this leads to the perception that the implementation is a

Approval For OMEGA 99N Nuclear Grade Anti-Seize Grease

Nuclear Power GenerationWhen Sovereign Lubricants & Seals were approached by a major UK nuclear power generation provider to supply an anti-seize for use on site to prevent stress corrosion cracking of stainless steel alloys and for use as a general grease for maintenance use there was no hesitation in recommending an immediate solution to this age old problem.
Sovereign (who sell the ΩMEGA range of quality lubricants) sell a product called ΩMEGA 99N which is a nuclear grade anti-seize grease. "The difference" says Sovereign M.D Steve Chesters "is that normal greases and anti-seize compounds contain high levels of sulphur, chlorides, lead and halogens which can cause stress and corrosion cracking of stainless and nickel alloys . ΩMEGA 99N is different in that it contains virtually no contaminants and as an added bonus it withstands acids, alkalis, water, salt air and most chemical fumes. The product can be used in many industries such as Oil, Chemical and Natural Gas Refineries as well as Chemical Plants and Pulp and Paper Mills, in fact anywhere where corrosion takes place

Change your lubrication culture,not your oil.

Figure 1We change a lot of oil in our plants, mills, mines and factories. What are we doing to change our lubrication culture? In their book Learning to Fly, Collison and Parcell, employees of British Petroleum (BP), suggest a predictable pattern in achieving sustained culture change, which is a function of effort and time (Figure 1).

Lower-quartile performers operate in a state of "unconscious incompetence" - ignorance is bliss. It takes no effort and no time to exist in the state of unconscious incompetence. They perform poorly, and because they are unaware of it, there is no perceived need to change. When a manager or other influential member learns through some minimal effort that there is a better way to operate, the performers become aware of their shortcomings, which creates a perceived gap. Collison and Parcell call this gap "conscious incompetence." It is this new awareness that throws a wrench (spanner) in the works, forcing the organization to correct its deficiency or make a conscious decision to live with it.