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Mecoil Laboratory analyzes used lubricating oil samples from national and international industrial plants and applications.
The main target of used oil analysis is to seek out “weak signals” hidden in the fluid that tell technicians the asset’s condition to make the right choices to preserve equipment integrity and lifespan.
In the Mecoil Lab, used oil samples are analyzed for many parameters using several methods. Analysis results are transferred to an internal database and managed via a Mecoil-developed software system (“Permantenere”) that also allows a registered customer to check the results trend and compare samples, having in this way a sort of “tribological history” for each asset analyzed.
Some tests, such as Viscosity, Total Acid Number, or Karl Fischer, are well-known and have many applications in other petroleum analysis fields. Some other methods, such as RDE Spectrometry or Lasernet Fines, have been expressively designed for used oil analysis.
Thanks to this ability to “read” a dirty fluid that expresses the condition of its parent machinery, it is possible to know in a few seconds if a component within a given assembly has suffered any damage and its severity. The used oil sample is processed with no need for dilution, ensuring high repeatability of the results, which is essential for effective trend analysis.