When the results of the Spectroscopy, Direct Read Ferrography, or Particle Count Analysis indicates there is a wear or contamination problem, a ferrogram slide is made and the particles microscopically examined. Wear modes, wear severity, and contaminants can then be identified visually. Microphotographs of the particles in question and an explanation of the particles are then included as part of the final report.
Roller element fatigue, gear wear, corrosion, abrasion wear, lacquer particles, and contaminants such as fibers, air-borne dirt, sandblasting sand and most other contaminants can all be identified.
After the contaminants or wear modes are identified, steps can be taken to eliminate the source or prevent further wear.