Plant and fleet lubrication oil analysis

Lubrication analysis is an internationally proven condition monitoring tool for extending asset lifetime, availability, reliability and time between maintenance, while reducing unscheduled downtime and unnecessary oil changes.

Lube oil testing a key role to play in monitoring the condition of assets that are high-value; critical to production or service delivery, or play a vital safety role.

TelLab is currently Ireland’s only specialised lubrication oil analysis laboratory, which operates to ISO 9001:2008 standards. We test all oil samples in-house in  our laboratories here in Tullow, Co. Carlow.

We analyse for, among other things, traces of metals, debris, water or fuel – all of which, if present, are flags of a problem developing within the engine or plant.

Our oil analysis customers include

How we work with our clients

  • The process is very simple: a small 30 ml sample of oil is taken onsite and placed in a sample jar. We can supply you with the tools to take the sample and the jars.
  • The sample, analysed in our dedicated oil analysis laboratory, will indicate traces of metals, debris, water or fuel – if present – all of which are flags of a problem brewing within the engine or plant.
  • The results are evaluated by experienced diagnosticians who trend historic sample information to determine potential problems.
  • The final report is issued via email and will reach you within 72 hours from sample receipt.

Our oil analysis database

Our Spectrotrack portal gives unlimited 24/7 access to your individual reports, giving you the freedom to log and alter site information. Sprectotrack also has the following advantages:

  • Trending of results
  • Access to previous historic reports
  • Ability to log in samples online to save time & hassle.

How to take an engine oil sample

This short video, which we produced in co-operation with one of our clients, illustrates the correct way to take an engine oil sample for testing in our lab.

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We provide training courses to help you

  • establish a best practice lubrication programme to optimise your plant or fleet assets and
  • to develop a programme of lubrication oil sampling and analysis as a tool in condition monitoring and predictive maintenance.

All courses are Engineers Ireland approved and qualify you to take you International Council for Machine Lubrication exams. Visit our training page to find out about upcoming courses.

The benefits of an oil analysis programme

  • An oil analysis programme will, over time, reveal trends showing how your asset is affected by various increases in productivity or changes in operating conditions. (See Spectrotrack database below)
  • This will allow you to optimise conditions and understand the boundaries in asset performance.
  • By flagging up developing problems, it will allow you to take corrective action, avoiding costly failures and maximising asset lifetime, availability and reliability.
  • Your maintenance team will be able to plan resources more effectively, source parts when they are needed and schedule repairs at times when they will minimise financial impact and avoid delays in service delivery.
  • You will save money by carrying out maintenance and oil changes only when needed as opposed to on a regular time basis.
  • Having a regular oil analysis programme in place may result in extended warranties and reduced insurance costs for your organisation.

Applications of oil analysis for predictive maintenance

Oil analysis has applications as a condition monitoring tool for predictive and preventative maintenance in any area where high value or mission critical assets are being deployed.

  • In manufacturing plants across the pharmaceutical, medical device, food & drink, electronics, injection molding, textiles and industrial  products sectors
  • In the oil and gas industry
  • By traditional hydrocarbon and wind power generator and water utilities
  • Data centres and ICT sector
  • Road, rail, air and shipping fleets
  • Mining, quarrying and construction plant
  • For stationary, rotating or mobile industrial units, generators, compressors, pumps etc
  • For lubrication, engine, gear/transmission, turbine and hydraulic oils