• The NEXT ERA of Oil Condition Monitoring

Analytical Instrumentation

The NEXT ERA of Oil Condition Monitoring

Apr 22 2024

Cost savings and improved operational efficiency: Unplanned downtime due to machine breakdowns can negatively impact production schedules and profitability. Oil condition monitoring helps predict and prevent such breakdowns, reducing unplanned maintenance and the associated costs. Regular in-service oil analysis enables a predictive maintenance approach, where repairs or replacements are scheduled during planned downtimes. This minimises operational disruptions and maximises overall efficiency.

ERALAB OCM offers a range of easy-to-use, rugged and accurate oil analysers. Paired with the advanced ERASOFT OCM software solution - the heart of ERALAB OCM - facilitates the development of a successful in-house oil condition monitoring program. This is the key to a modern oil analysis that offers an all-inclusive carefree package for monitoring machine health.

The software solution ERASOFT OCM from eralytics supports companies to proactively monitor the condition and longevity of their lubricating oils and their assets. ERASOFT OCM allows maintenance experts to collect, analyse, and interpret oil analysis data efficiently and in real time. The easy-to-interpret results and reports facilitate prompt, proactive maintenance actions. ERASOFT OCM offers the easy integration of all eralytics OCM analysers such as the RDE spectrometer ERAOIL or the infrared spectrometer ERASPEC OIL. It seamlessly connects to a company’s own LIMS system and to third-party analysers, providing instant shareable results that support rapid decision-making. With the ERALAB OCM analyser portfolio, eralytics offers the right solution for every stage of in-house oil condition monitoring.

The RDE-OES spectrometer ERAOIL, the kinematic viscometer ERAVISC X, the particle counter ERACOUNT XS, the FTIR spectrometer ERASPEC OIL and the ferrous-debris analyser ERATEST FERRO mark the beginning of the NEXT ERA of oil condition monitoring. These analysers can be combined as needed to comprehensively cover all aspects of oil condition.

The RDE-OES spectrometer ERAOIL measures contaminations, and additives in lubricating oils inside engines, transmissions, hydraulic systems, and gears boxes. Its unique design includes a built-in PC, touchscreen, sharpening device, and ventilation system. The ERAOIL RDE-OES spectrometer measures up to 32 elements in 30 seconds with sub-ppm LOD.

With the portable FTIR spectrometer ERASPEC OIL, detailed lubricant and diesel fuel analyses are carried out fully automatically in seconds. It is the analyser of choice for monitoring degradation, additive depletion, and contaminations. In addition to direct

trending and spectral subtraction analysis according to ASTM, DIN and JOAP methods, ERASPEC OIL allows for the fast and simple determination of TAN and TBN.

The compact and most robust kinematic viscometer ERAVISC X with its revolutionary capillary viscosity cell is a real game changer for high-precision kinematic viscosity testing at any temperature between 15 °C and 100 °C. Latest Peltier Technology allows for automated, high precision viscosity index measurement with 60 seconds. The unique design of the ERAVISC X additionally includes eralytics' x-oscillating metal U-tube density meter module that allows for simultaneous ASTM D4052 density testing with 5-digit precision.

The world smallest ISO 4406 particle counter ERACOUNT XS is the analyser of choice for fastest particle measurements with laboratory precision directly in the field. At the push of a button, the laser-based analyser measures and displays the ISO 4406 particle size channels ≥ 4 µm(c), ≥ 6 µm(c) and ≥ 14 µm(c) - all within 60 seconds using only 10 mL of sample.

If connected to one of eralytics' other OCM analysers the ERACOUNT XS even offers detailed counting and scaling of all eight ISO 4406 particle size channels. The instrument is calibrated according to the international standard ISO 11171 and traceable to NIST standards.

The ferrous debris analyser ERATEST FERRO is a mobile and battery-operated measuring instrument for determining the total content of ferromagnetic wear particles in oils and greases. The instrument operates according to ASTM D8120 and provides the precise concentration in ppm of magnetisable debris with only 2 mL of sample.

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