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Do Companies that Sample Lube oil at the Optimal Location Have the Best Oil Analysis Programs?

MRT is conducting a study to attempt to correlate ideal oil sampling procedures with overall fluid and equipment conditions.

We’ve already started our investigation on whether MRT customers that pull oil samples from the ideal locations receive fewer abnormal alarms on oil analysis reports. We aim to report our findings at the end of the year, and here is our Scientific Method for this research.

Step 1-Question: Do MRT customers that collect samples from downstream of equipment and upstream of filters receive the fewest number of abnormal oil analysis alarms?

Step 2-Research: We are recording the sample port locations on lube oil circulating systems for all participating MRT customers. We already analyze their oil samples.

Step 3-Hypothesis: Large industrial clients with optimal sampling locations have the fewest equipment or lubricant condition issues that can be detected by oil analysis testing.

Step 4-Experiment: For the MRT family of customers, we will determine a correlation between having a high percentage of optimal oil sampling locations at a facility and a low number of abnormal alarms on oil analysis reports.

Step 5-Observations: In December we will correlate the data to see how it compares to the hypothesis.

Step 6-Conclusions: We aim to conclude our study by the end of 2020.

Step 7-Communicate and Replicate: If a positive correlation exists between having optimal sampling locations and receiving few oil analysis alarms, then we will communicate the benefit of our findings to existing and perspective customers.

To MRT customers, expect an email about this very soon if we haven’t reached out to you yet.

Fri Oct 09 2020, by Ben Hartman, CLS
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