The oil sample in the photo is a from an outboard turbine bearing and the poor appearance raises a red flag. What specifically is the issue? What does the company need to do? What questions should they ask? Is a catastrophic failure imminent? Shutting down the unit is not an option. By the way, it’s…Details
The three phases of water in a lubricant are dissolved water, emulsion, and free water. In every lubricant the goal is for water to be dissolved. It is abnormal for any lubricant’s appearance to be cloudy (emulsion) or for there to be water drops or a water layer (free water) in the oil. The only…Details
The Oil and Flush team and Ben Hartman of MRT Laboratories in Chihuahua, Mexico on June 7, 2019 for a day of training on taking the optimal oil samples for laboratory analysis and on analyzing oil analysis reports with advanced testing. Thank you, Oil and Flush, for a great audience asking challenging questions!
Four moderately elevated MPC filter patches, averaging a Delta E of 38. These are from lube oil of natural gas turbines. The oil has been in service for many years. Is there varnish? Can you be certain with only these two pieces of information? …Come find out this Monday night, March 18 at the ASME…Details
Thank you, Specialty Glass, Inc. of Rosharon, TX for another excellent piece of custom glassware for our laboratory. We can now clean and RECYCLE heptane to be used for cleaning purposes. Our new device is working perfectly and we’re making a meaningful reduction in our annual waste stream. FYI, vapors are captured.
Happy early Valentine’s Day from MRT Laboratories. Instead of flowers here’s a pink MPC patch.
Why is it pink? Does it indicate that the lubricant has varnishing potential?
Call or email to answer CORRECTLY and you have yourself a free Valentine’s Day MPC test this year.
VISIT US at Booth 412 at Noria’s Machinery Lubrication Conference at the Houston Marriott Westchase Hotel on November 6-8th. During the conference Ben Hartman will present “Immediate Corrective Maintenance by Lubricant Appearance Testing” at 4:30 pm on Wednesday, November 7th. He will outline a process for organized Appearance Testing of oil samples to enhance your…Details
For our refining and petrochemical clients we highly recommend regularly scheduled coolant analysis. Moving to a semi-annual testing schedule is the goal, but that happens after confirming that coolant of correct formulation flows through every critical system and that the system is free of corrosive build up. Case Study: Ten years ago a major US…Details
We are often asked, “Can you find out when we last sampled our XYZ critical equipment lube system? I don’t see a recent oil analysis report and we should be sampling it every month.” First and foremost, please call MRT and ask us, if you are in this situation. This happens, especially at large facilities…Details
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