Enhanced operational efficiencies and improved availability of both fixed and mobile plant are placing increasing pressure on plant maintenance programs.
The contribution that regular and frequent sampling of lubrication materials makes to improved maintenance programs is becoming more and more recognised as maintenance crews seek to better gauge operational conditions and predict plant failures.
For oil sampling to be effective there are several fundamental principles that must be adhered to:
- The oil must be agitated to ensure that particles are suspended throughout the oil.
- The sample must be taken from the same point or depth in the compartment each time.
- Circulation systems should be sampled on the return line or after the pump prior to filtration.
- All efforts should be taken to ensure that the sampling process does not introduce further contaminants to the reservoir.
- All efforts must be made to ensure the sample it self is not contaminated.
In order to manage the risk of contaminate inclusion in oil samples and oil filled compartments, a range of Sampling Points are available for use in both oil filled compartments, such as conveyor drives, and oil circulation systems.