Power stations are one the most critical structures belonging to a network of plants that require constant monitoring of assets and lubricants condition.
Renewable energy from wind, water and biofuels is very popular these days. Predictive maintenance of these plants carries specific problems, and used oil analysis for each of these applications needs to be approached to with particular attention.
Until about fifteen years ago, a reduction or multiplication gearbox was generally a very robust machine, often oversized and with a large oil sump.
Road transport is probably the area that can make the most from used oil analysis benefits, in terms of operating cost savings. Vehicles are very stressed by means of a discontinuous and daily work, the quality of which is vastly variable and connected to several factors, including driver’s skillness.
Marine propulsion is one of the most critical fields where Predictive maintenance approach may give the best results in terms of R.O.I.
Civil and military aviation have been the main drivers in the development of all the state-of-the-art oil analysis techniques.
Most of hydraulic systems failures can be attributed to contamination, usually due to ingression of environmental dust, moisture and other exogenous substances.
Refrigeration plants are even more strategic in many modern industries (food processing, pharmaceutical, chemical plants) and services (hospitals, hotels, offices and workshops).