Most machine coolant analysis requires gas chromatography to determine the type of glycol in the coolant mixture. The percentage of glycol in a coolant and the freezing point are two of the most common tests ensuring a proper coolant blend, but calculating these two results begin by assuming the type of glycol base. In the…Details
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Our laser particle was down for several days due to the glass sample inlet breaking off the calibrated fill tube. Specialty Glass in Rosharon, TX did a fantastic repair job (http://www.specialtyglassinc.com/). We didn’t previously understand that laboratory glassware can be repaired to this level of precision. We are very satisfied with the work and the particle…Details
Link Oil Analysis to Vibration Analysis Oil analysis is considered the best early indicator of a future problem with critical rotating equipment. Vibration analysis is a critical tool to detect whether equipment already has a problem that needs to be addressed. Most plants and facilties with a dedicated equipment reliability program utilize vibration analysis software…Details
Hunting Down the Source of Water Contamination An MRT client accustomed to monthly oil sampling tracked three straight months of water contamination of ~500 ppm in a compressor lube oil system. Seemingly nothing about the system had changed and the compressor had been fully operational. Samples were pulled consistently from a sampling valve on the…Details
ISO 17025 is the main ISO accreditation standard used by testing and calibration laboratories in most countries. It is the standard for which most labs must hold accreditation to be deemed technically competent. A prerequisite for a laboratory is to have a documented quality management system that follows the outline of the ISO/IEC 17025 standard.…Details
Optimize your oil sampling In early 2017, take the time to review your company’s strategy and execution of pulling optimal samples from the best locations. There are always methods for improving either technique, sample location, sampling device, or frequency. We commonly see that one or two people are in charge of pulling samples and many…Details
MRT oil analysis helped save a fluid catalytic cracking main air blower at Texas Gulf Coast refinery. Routine spectroscopy elemental analysis detected Watch Level then Warning Level concentrations of aluminum in monthly oil samples from the lube system of its main air blower. After reaching a Warning level the refiner increased volume to weekly sampling…Details
As part of a client’s preventive maintenance program, MRT performed routine oil analysis on critical rotating equipment. MRT repeatedly identified coolant contaminating the lubricant in a compressor lube oil system. A pressure test on the unit heat exchangers did not indicate a coolant leak. Still the water level in the lube oil system continued to…Details
A new power generation plant contracted MRT to analyze its cooling tower gearbox lubricants at frequent intervals following its first startup after construction. Initially the power plant expected the oil analysis to be routine by confirming that the mechanical equipment would function as designed. MRT reported excessive amounts of wear metals in the lubricant samples…Details