Five common myths about oil analysis dispelled
Are you looking for ways to meet your production targets while reducing costs?
Oil analysis can help you prevent production delays and avoid expensive machinery breakdowns by identifying the root causes of oil contamination.
However, there are many myths associated with oil analysis – we’ve dispelled five of them so they don’t catch you out.
MYTH 1: ‘I don’t need oil analysis, I just need to change my oil regularly.’
As logical as it may sound, changing your oil regularly, say every six months, isn’t the alternative to getting your oil analysed.
First things first, you could be throwing away perfectly healthy oil, that comes with all of costs associated with safe and legal disposal. Secondly, you’ll have to purchase replacement oil and factor in the maintenance time involved with changing your oil.
Last but not least, how can you be sure what condition your new oil’s really in? For example, is your particle count off target? And does it comply with the relevant ISO 446 standard? These are just two of the key factors you’ll be able to identify and get the solutions for by getting your oil analysed by an independent oil analysis expert.
MYTH 2: ‘Oil analysis is just a tick box exercise.’
Oil analysis should never be simply viewed as a tick box exercise, but what it actually is – a useful tool that can help you plan your maintenance effectively.
Many businesses make the mistake of having an oil analysis programme in place, but then not acting on the recommendations. Your report should tell you what needs to be done and when it needs doing, making preventative maintenance easier for you to manage. (For more information of what your oil analysis report should cover, read ‘Elements to look for in your oil analysis reports.’)
Putting your oil analysis report to one side for another day or filing it away with your other paperwork can have major repercussions on your machine downtime, productivity and margins. Make sure you act on it as soon as possible.
MYTH 3: ‘Oil analysis is expensive.’
Contrary to popular belief, oil analysis costs less than you might actually think. Analysing your oil will set you back around £100 per machine, per year and long-term, it’s actually a highly effective and inexpensive way of boosting your productivity and profitability.
Oil analysis enables you to prevent expensive breakdowns, minimise machine downtime and improve margins by identifying threats before they become problems. Weigh up the cost of getting your oil analysed with the cost of downtime or having to get your machines repaired, or even replaced, and you’ll see just how much oil analysis could save you (in time and money).
MYTH 4: ‘It’s time-consuming.’
Have you considered oil analysis, but were put off by the thought of it disrupting your schedules and taking up time you don’t have (especially if you’re working to a tight deadline)? What many people don’t realise is that oil analysis doesn’t have to be that way at all.
For instance, our independent oil analysis is designed to make you more productive, as we adapt it to your preferred working practices. We take oil samples in line with your schedule using one of two options:
- One of our engineers can visit your site and take the samples so there’s no hassle for your frontline staff or;
- You can take the samples yourself – we’ll train your engineers if necessary.
MYTH 5: ‘It doesn’t prevent breakdowns.’
Lubrication issues are often the root cause of the majority of mechanical problems. In fact, according to research by Shell 80% of all equipment failures are linked to poor or improper lubrication practice.
This is where oil analysis comes in. When you have a true analysis of root cause and an action list, you’ll be alerted to any increases in contaminants, oxidation and wear materials that are major causes of many breakdowns.
Want to find out more about independent oil analysis and how it can benefit your business? Read ‘Why you need intelligent, independent oil analysis.’