Are there weak links in your oil analysis programme ?

OA Chain checklist


☐ Are you extracting the oil sample from a live fluid zone that provides consistently rich data reflective of the prevailing condition of the in-service system oil as well as the wear condition of the oil-lubricant machine components?

 Do you have properly fitted sampling valves at existing ports to access to the active live zone of the system oil to allow for easy and safe oil sampling even whilst the machine is operating?

 Are your plant personnel trained and certified in proper sampling procedures and following proper sampling frequency?

☐ Do you always use clean sampling extraction tools and clean sampling bottles to avoid ingress of contaminants into the oil samples?

☐ Do you immediately dispatch the sampling bottles containing the collected oil samples to Oil Analysis Laboratory, using protective mailer carton   to protect the sampling bottles during transit.

☐ Is the Oil Analysis Laboratory offering equipment-specific test slates and methodology appropriate for condition monitoring and diagnostics?

☐ Is the Oil Analysis Laboratory quality accredited in accordance with ISO 17025?

☐ Are the Oil Analysis Laboratory Analysts certified to internationally recognised industry standards, e.g.  STLE CLS (Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers, Certified Lubrication Specialist), STLE OMA (Oil Monitoring Analyst), ICML MLA (international Council for Machinery Lubrication, Machine Lubricant Analyst), ICML MLT (Machinery Lubrication Technician) to provide competent diagnostics on both the oil condition and  the machine condition.

☐ Are your plant’s reliability and lubrication maintenance engineers and technicians similarly certified?

☐ Does your Oil Analysis Report contain not only test data but also trending, interpretation, diagnostics and recommendations?