Acuren Lubrication Analysis Answers Important Questions About Your Assets
Lubrication analysis is the process of analyzing sample(s) of oil and/or grease in order to determine the lubricant’s properties, suspended contaminants and wear debris. In other words, is the lubrication good, are there contaminates, and if so what, and is there any evidence of wear?
Acuren utilizes advanced oil analysis techniques for wear metal trending, SH&E critical assets or root cause failure analysis (RCFA), including the following.
Filter Debris Analysis (FDA) – Wear metals and contaminants captured by the filter media are retrieved from a used filter and coupled with X-Ray Florescence (XRF) to obtain wear metals which are compared to a wear map.
Analytical Ferrography (AF) – Microscopic inspection of a ferrogram slide made from a used oil sample using heat treatments, optical filtering and magnification. The morphology (surface and edge) and colour of the treated particles allow identification of various wear mode of rotating elements.
Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) – This is a higher magnification tool, and more powerful than X-Ray, to aid in wear particle composition identification for particles too large or dense for XRF.
Varnish Potential (MPC) – This measures the potential of the oil to form varnish through oxidation and is reported on a scale from 0 to 100.
RULER (Remaining Useful Life) – The RULER test uses voltammetry to test the Amines and Phenol (anti-oxidant) additives present in the lubricant.
Some Examples of When to Utilize This Technology
Lubrication analysis can be used as a troubleshooting tool to determine if a failure is about to occur (wear, contamination or lube degradation).
It can/should be used as part of any PdM process.
It can be used to determine oil drains and filter change intervals.
It should be considered when discussing critical applications or re-occurring failures.
Richarson Oilseed is one of Canada’s oldest and largest fully-integrated crushing, refining, processing and packaging operations. In the absence of timely manufacturer support for a critical equipment issue, the full time onsite Acuren Condition Monitoring Specialist was able to diagnose and provide a detailed correction path on a defective trunion bearing.
Acuren’s experts, knowledge and efficiency can be an essential part of evaluating critical pulp and paper facility assets such as boilers, digesters, piping, tanks, pressure vessels and rotating equipment.
Acuren Nuclear Services Inc. is an N285.0 certified Engineering, Procurement, Construction, and Maintenance (EPCM) company providing unparalleled project management for tooling solutions, mechanical services and inspection programs.