Frequent oil sampling keeps the maintenance department informed of both the condition of the oil and the machine components, allowing maintenance to be planned around production – saving both time and money.
Here are our five top tips for taking an oil sample:
- The oil sample must be representative of the oil in circulation for accuracy, i.e. the most central point in the reservoir, and must also be from a repeatable source for consistency.
- Always use a new sample bottle and keep sealed until the sample is taken using a sampling pump – this will avoid airborne contamination.
- If it is safe to do so, take the sample from the machine while it is still running or within 15 minutes of the machine shutting down.
- Always take oil samples pre-filter for accurate results, or sample both before and after filtration.
- If the drain plug is the only option to sample, flush the valve and discard a small quantity of oil before drawing the sample, this will minimise contamination from the bottom of the sump/oil reservoir.
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