July 2023

Bridging the Gaps with Used Oil Analysis and NDT Technologies

Jeff Walkup Jeff Walkup
author photo Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Fluid Life, is a respected industry leader with over 25 years of experience in condition monitoring and other non-destructive testing protocol solutions. Jeff is passionate about investing in people and developing solid relationships with customers and colleagues. His proudest accomplishments are raising his wonderful children and serving in the U.S. Army. Jeff holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Economics from Arizona State University. Learn More

Used oil analysis has long been a tried-and-true method for machine health condition monitoring. However, it does have its limitations. Therefore, embracing the inherent strengths of additional ancillary non-destructive testing (NDT) technologies provides a holistic approach and places your organization in a place to further succeed.

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Is Liquid Sandpaper Lurking in Your Machine?

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Solving the liquid sandpaper problem starts with preventing contamination from getting into the oil in the first place. Exclusion is far cheaper than removal, by a factor of at least ten. Exclusion means addressing the problem at the source. Take inventory of contaminant ingression sources. For many machines, the inhaling of airborne contaminants into the headspace of drums, totes, and reservoirs is the primary source. Read More »

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The Importance of Oil Analysis and Particle Counting

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One crucial aspect of oil analysis is particle counting. Particles can originate from several sources, including normal wear and tear, external contamination, and the breakdown of additives within the lubricating oil. Regardless of their origin, particles present in machinery lubrication can have severe consequences. Read More »


What Am I Looking At: 3 Questions in Oil Analysis

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4 Key Elements for Interpreting an Oil Analysis Report

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Enhancing Equipment Performance: The Role of Oil Analysis and Particle Counting

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Timely detection of potentially harmful contamination allows maintenance personnel to identify potential sources, take corrective actions, prevent adverse effects on performance and reliability, and improve the overall equipment lifetime. Read More »


ASTM Enhancements to Microscopic Particle Identification and Documentation

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Historical particle counting techniques do not differentiate between hard and soft particles or particles that are either microscopic water droplets or air bubbles. This lack of detail requires statistical assumptions to be made concerning the level and type of damage that a group of particles may cause. Read More »

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