Oil analysis is an unbeatable tool that not only allows you to plan your maintenance, but also reduces the risk of unplanned downtime and expensive repairs. Simply put, an oil analysis is a “health check” on your engine. No matter what industry you work in, if you depend on an engine to help you carry out your work, this blog article applies to you.
Keep track on your oil to avoid unplanned and expensive production stops
For every hour an engine operates, the amount of impurities in the oil rises, which increases the engine wear. An oil analysis provides early warnings which enable replacement of components before problems appear and damages occur. Regular oil analyses make trends visible, and provide a good insight of how your engine is doing. By conducting regular oil analyses you invest long-term in your engine and prolong its lifetime. Oil analyses contribute to reduced costs, reduced down-time of machinery, increased production, better planning of maintenance and decreased risks of major failures.
Analyse the oil to get recommendations on how to avoid critical situations
Oil analyses are carried out in three stages; the sample, the analysis and the diagnosis. When the necessary samples have been taken they are sent to the laboratory, where they are analysed. A great amount of information is collected including water/coolant content, viscosity, fuel, contaminants and the amount of metallic particles, to name a few. The result of the rigorous analyses leads to a diagnosis which provides recommendations for actions so that critical situations can be avoided.
The engine becomes more sustainable and productive with the correct oil
Your oil should be designed and tailored to meet your engine’s requirements to guarantee that components in the engine work together in perfect harmony. Selecting the best engine oil guarantees top performance and enhances efficiency. It also reduces wear and fuel consumption, which means a more sustainable and productive engine.
On some of our engines, with a favourable result from the oil analysis, you could double the time between regular services. In the oil analysis, performed every 1,000 hours, the condition of the oil will tell when service is due. This could enable operators to increase the service intervals from every 500 hours to every 1,000 hours, which is a massive improvement that will pay off already in the short term. The engine’s oil consumption can be reduced with up to 50 percent, and the time when the machine is idle due to service is also heavily reduced. When you add all this together, it all points in one direction; extended service intervals will lead straight to lower operation costs.
High uptime and short repair time
An oil analysis is a valuable document that confirms the engine’s condition and raises its value. Oil analyses can reduce the time required for repairing an engine since the analyses often give clues to what is causing the problem. As you probably are very well aware of, time is money, and the sooner a fault can be detected, the better. If a problem with your engine can be fixed in a short amount of time, it means that the engine is back in operation sooner. By conducting oil analyses regularly, you can make sure that your uptime will be as high as possible.
Oil analyses – a part of Volvo Penta’s service offer
To provide top performing engines with a long lifetime and high durability is one of Volvo Penta’s main objectives. Therefore Volvo Penta offers regular oil analyses, as well as a perfectly matched range of lubricants for Volvo Penta engines, as well as other diesel and gas-powered engines. Volvo Penta’s engine oils are tested in the toughest possible conditions, from equatorial heat to sub-arctic cold, and even at different altitudes above sea level. Just like all our equipment, our engine oils are tested for round-the-clock use.
By applying oil analyses on your engines you prolong the engines’ lifetime, reduce the risks of unplanned downtime and decrease the risks of major failures. The analyses provide early warnings, which enables replacement of components before problems appear and damages occur. The oil analyses are excellent tools since they allow you to plan your maintenance and increase your uptime.
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