The cleanliness of hydraulic oil systems is extremely important because of the very close tolerances that exist in the pumps, control valves and between the pistons and hydraulic cylinder walls. In fact, around 80% of hydraulic system failures are caused by contamination through dust, dirt and condensation moisture. Therefore, oil analysis should be performed on a regular basis to monitor contamination levels.
In hydraulic systems, transmissions, gearboxes, differentials and other lubricated systems where combustion does not take place, the analysis of oil samples should also be done on a routine basis. High levels of aluminum can indicate a potential pump or converter failure. Transmission slippage is often indicated by high levels of copper, while high chromium levels can reveal scored hydraulic cylinder rods or gear and bearing wear.
Oil analysis can also be used effectively to determine the proper oil drain and filter change intervals in all types of lubricated systems.
ANTECH provide oil sampling and analysis services. We also offer consultancy and advice on contamination control. For more information, please contact us and we’ll be pleased to talk through the options.