Visual inspections can only reveal so much about the operating health of your equipment. Ongoing oil analysis helps you spot small problems long before they become costly repairs.
For owners/operators interested in more in-depth details on their oil, there are additional testing options available:
• Total Acid Number (TAN)
TAN tests measure the buildup of acidic byproducts in your oil, which can lead to corrosion and premature wear of internal metallic components.
• Total Base Number (TBN)
TBN tests measure your oil’s reserve alkalinity and its ability to neutralize acidic components and prevent corrosion.
• Water (Karl Fischer Titration)
Karl Fish Titration tests measure the moisture in your oil. Water doesn’t act as a good lubricant, and even relatively small amounts can interfere with the oil’s ability to form a protective film between moving parts.