1. TESTOIL (Insight Services) has updated their Filter Debris Analysis testing process. The improvements have significantly increased the laboratory's ability to identify wearing machine components which provide improved diagnostic and prognostic information about impending failures.

    Filter Debris Analysis is a systematic process developed to wash and analyze industrial size filters. Insight Services has made substantial changes to all aspects of this testing procedure including the fabrication of a new washing instrument, a completely redesigned washing method, an enhanced testing process, and a revamped comprehensive report.

    "Our customers depend on us to provide the most reliable oil analysis testing data to ensure machine performance and reduce risks of failure," said Eric Ambrose, Director of Technical Operations, Insight Services. "The Filter Debris Analysis upgrade expands on that commitment as well as staying on top of the latest technological developments."

    About Insight Services
    Since 1988 Insight Services Inc. has been providing fast and reliable oil analysis results across all industries throughout the Americas. The firm's comprehensive range of oil analysis services assists reliability engineers with condition monitoring and identification of machine wear. Their full service oil testing laboratory, TESTOIL, employs a sophisticated diagnostic technology that assists their Machine Condition Analysts in making equipment and lubrication condition assessments. For more information about Insight Services please visit their website at

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  2. When foreign materials appear in a sump or on a filter, the cause is not often obvious. Standard fluid testing may not be able to point to any specific problem. With the right analysis, this material can provide valuable evidence of a chemical problem with the fluid, mechanical problem with the machine, or external contamination into the fluid system.

    With a large variety of materials and operating environments, a testing strategy is formulated for each sample. Processing begins by using one or more techniques to isolate the sample from the fluid or filter. Further separation is done to isolate organic and inorganic portions of the sample when applicable.
    In most cases, sample portions are analyzed by ATR-FTIR. In this technique, infrared light is reflected off the surface of a sample and a transmission spectrum is generated. Different molecular structures will absorb different frequencies of light. By studying a transmission spectrum, one can observe which frequencies were absorbed and characterize the molecules present.

    Depending on the sample, additional testing may be added to further characterize the material. Whenever possible, suggestions are given for possible sources or causes of the problem. Any additional information provided by the customer (operating environment, machine symptoms, potential contaminants) is very helpful in enhancing recommendations.

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  3. The oil analysis report is a vital tool for a smooth running operation. Going deeper than the report summaries and knowing how to analyze the oil analysis report can help prevent equipment breakdown and unnecessary equipment teardowns. During this educational webinar you will learn from industry expert, Matt McMahon, his process for reviewing and analyzing oil analysis reports. Matt will review some of the most common tests run on industrial equipment and teach you how to read test reports. He will also walk you through marginal and critical reports and teach you how to decipher various alarms. You will walk away with an improved knowledge of oil analysis report interpretation.

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  4. Managing an effective oil analysis program may seem like a daunting task. Scheduling routes, pulling proper samples, communicating with a lab, accessing and interpreting your reports, and taking action are all critical to the viability of a successful oil analysis program. One weak link in the chain of events can lead to mediocrity.

    At TESTOIL we don’t settle for resigning to the fact that your oil analysis program has reached its maximum potential. Our unique approach of treating customers “remarkably” provides a distinct competitive advantage in their quest of world class oil analysis.

    Take a look at the TESTOIL Advantage today and you will quickly learn why our customers see excellence in their oil analysis programs.

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  5. The lubricating oil in gas turbines and hydraulic systems is increasingly subject to the ravages of varnish. The debilitating effects of varnish are well documented and the complexities associated with detecting varnish potential render routine oil analysis ineffective in reporting varnish. However, there are a number of technologies, although seldom used, which have been successful in reporting incipient varnish potential. In this webinar you will learn what lube oil varnish is and what causes lube oil varnish in your systems. You will also learn about the proper tools to detect varnish potential and how to read varnish potential analysis test results.

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