If your oil is not building up in particulate, viscosity is holding within range, acid and base are normal - why would you want to change it?
Yes, we all grew up in the same old school: hearing "Change oil - it's cheap!" Our teachers were all brainwashed by the oil companies who are oblivious to the cost of purchasing and disposing of oil - not to mention the effect hydrocarbon use has on our environment.
Both equipment design and the advances in oil technology have been monumental over the last 20 years, yet manufacturers of both oil and equipment still recommend to change oil about every 250 hours.
The technology is available right now to accurately monitor oil condition and contamination to facilitate the practice of condition based oil changes without any risk to equipment whatsoever. A well augmented oil analysis program will allow operators to practice condition based changes without any risk to equipment and actually extend component life by maintaining lower wear levels.
The key to maximising oil life is to firstly ensure that the correct oil is used in the correct application. This is often not the case eg. most OEMs come from cold climate countries such as North America, Europe and southern Australia, yet in hot tropical Northern Australia, in most cases, the same oils are recommended as in the colder areas.
Operating conditions vary in almost every site, yet the same oil recommendations come out of the book - Why?
The key to condition based oil drain is a reliable and accurate state of the art oil analysis program. This is achieved through a good working relationship with a pro-active laboratory that provides the correct tests and must include a full comprehensive microscopic oil analysis program.
If you are using the correct type and grade of oil - it will last without degradation. The next step is to make sure you have all forms of contamination under control. This is the reason for the microscopic analysis - you can see at a glance what is going on inside your compartment by identifying the contaminants. You can then put measures in place to control the contamination levels. It also allows you to see the condition of the oil as it operates and the factors affecting the oil condition.
The next step is to prevent particle build-up. There are a host of filters and measures of all types on today's market. We developed our Lubemaster range of centrifuge cleaning systems to resolve contamination issues that were resulting with our oil analysis clients changing and disposing of oil unnecessarily.
Lubemaster was developed as an effective, low cost oil cleaning machine. With centrifuge / vacuum dehydration technology, designed to remove the contamination from lubricating oil whilst the host equipment, where possible, remains in operation. Lubemaster employs both centrifuge technology for removing particles and vacuum dehydration for removing water and gases from the oil. Because it can clean fixed machines whilst they continue operating and the centrifuge will remove particles to sub-micron size, it is in most cases, more effective than an oil change. Laboratory tests support these commonsense findings.
Clean Oil Services have the technology and experience to manage your lubrication in all aspects. With our expertise, our clients have achieved:
- Large engines with oils running at 60,000 hours with iron holding steady at 5ppm
- Hydraulic oils running indefinitely without signs of wear or contamination build-up
- Gear oils which simply remain in life though continuous cleaning
- Turbine and compressor oils as well as transformer oils fully restored
- Diesel effectively cleaned and dewatered
Monitoring and cleaning your oil makes good sense. We know it is safe because Viscosity, Acid and Base Numbers are regularly monitored through analysis. Whichever way you look at this, there is a benefit to be gained by not changing out your oil!