Lubrication & Oil Analysis

Proactive lubricant analysis is an effective and valuable front-line defense against unplanned failures, and is one of the most important contributions you can make towards improved machinery reliability. Lubricant monitoring provides an economic approach to the early identification of internal component wear, fault progression, and lubricant degradation. It promotes proactive maintenance, and should be an integral part of any quality condition monitoring program, ideally performed in concert with other proactive technologies such as vibration monitoring, thermographic and ultrasonic analysis.

M&B provides a full range of engineering services to support your lubricant monitoring and analysis needs. From individual sample analysis to site assessments, program development and implementation, and program management and administration, M&B can help you meet your reliability goals. Various programs can be developed to meet your lubrication analysis needs, including:

Site Assessments

Site assessments help baseline your current program and identify improvement strategies. Whether you have no existing program or a well-established one in need of fine-tuning, M&B can help move your forward. Beginning with a general facility survey, lubricants and sampling methods / intervals are identified and evaluated against machinery parameters, operating environment and service duty. Storage, handling, and contamination control practices are also evaluated. Upon completion, assessments will identify specific areas for improvement targeting storage & handling, lubricant consolidation, sampling methods and contamination control.

Lubrication Programs

M&B supports and develops customized programs that focus on results-based, proactive machinery management for your facility. We can formulate new programs from the ground up, and can review existing programs for improvement. Some specific areas of focus include:

  • Optimized lubricant selection and consolidation
  • Lubricant sampling locations, techniques, and frequencies
  • Improving contamination control methods
  • Benchmarking against lubrication “best practices”
  • Management of lubrication databases

Integrated Diagnostic Services

Our philosophy at M&B is that no single condition monitoring technology will predict all failure modes. We recommend and practice using multiple methodologies to ensure we have the broadest interpretation of machine condition available within reason. One key example is the integration of Predictive Maintenance (PdM) vibration monitoring data. Utilizing various software packages, M&B can provide excellent correlation of vibration, lubrication and other data types to maximize asset reliability.

Individual / Diagnostic Samples

While the trending derived from on-going programs is one of the main benefits from an on-going program, M&B’s field experience has shown that single diagnostic samples often provide significant insight into machinery behavior, and can be a key element is root cause diagnostics. We routinely acquire single-samples during our field to complement vibration and other condition monitoring data, and can help you gather and analyze one-time samples as well.

Technical Training

We also offer an excellent 1-day Practical Oil Analysis seminar, with hotels seminars conducted periodically throughout the country. We can also perform a custom, on-site course at your facility.

If you need assistance or have questions, please contact us.

Some specific machinery we have worked with include:
  • Compressors
  • Boiler & Process Fans
  • Cooling tower fans
  • Vertical & Horizontal Pumps
  • Reciprocating Engines
  • Gearboxes
  • Pulverizers & Ball Mills
  • Steam Turbines up to 1200 MW
  • Gas Turbines, aero-derivative & industrial frame
  • Generators and Exciters
  • Induction & Synchronous Motors
  • Variable Frequency Drives
  • Vertical & Horizontal Pumps
  • Hydro-Turbine Generators
  • Reciprocating Engines