A process of filtration, removal of water, contamination, and oil analysis is recommended to ensure that oil is kept in top condition.
Use the following tips for managing your oil improvement program:
- >Filtration should target particle sizes 5 microns and over (it is particles in the five to ten micron range that cause the most damage to machine elements)
>In some cases particularly hydraulic systems incorporating spool valves etc. protection at 1-3 micron size is advisable
- >Removal of water contamination in oil is vital in ensuring top oil condition
- >Support your filtration program with regular oil analysis to prove its effectiveness
- >At least 50% of your reservoir capacity should be processed per hour for both particulate and water contamination removal
- >Analyse and upgrade contamination and exclusion and removal components such as seals, tank vents and caps and filtration
- >Evaluate your filtration systems for their ability to handle high contamination ingress (in the case of seal failure, filter failure, etc.)
Clean oil both indicates and ensures healthy equipment. Oil lubricates, cools, prevents corrosion in and removes impurities from mechanical systems. Attention to oil condition can result in a high standard of equipment performance and deliver returns in terms of lower operating costs and improved equipment reliability.