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Oil Contamination Is Inversely Related To Improper Testing Results: How To Solve The Problem

Oil analysis is a vital tool in determining the condition of your machinery and gauging the efficiency of the lubricant so as to reap maximum benefits. An oil analysis program will only be as good as the oil sampling program. It is worth taking time and effort to ensure that all representative samples have minimal to no data disturbances.

Improper practices of sampling lube oil are very rampant, especially in the Indian industry, which often leads to improper results. Thorough checking of equipment before using it for industrial purposes is not prevalent in India. This happens because usually, more thought is given to the lab results of oil analysis compared to the techniques and equipment being used during sampling.

Such recklessness allows for easy contamination of oil samples. These affected containers are then used for laboratory tests, leading to improper testing results, thereby damaging the authenticity of the entire lube oil used.

How Your Choice of Oil Containers Can Make Or Break Your Oil Samples

In India, the oil samples are usually collected in used bottles, such as soft drink containers, milk vessels, mason jars, plastic water bottles and even condiment containers. The problem with these bottles is that they remain unwashed, and contain remnants of fluids that would adulterate the oil and affect its purity. There is no proper labelling on them, and since they are used bottles, the cork or cap will not fit perfectly. This makes the bottles improper for couriering and multiple handling, resulting in incorrect resultant samples reaching the laboratory for testing, eventually providing inadequate data as there is no proper sample label.

To prevent such mishaps, it is important to use containers specifically designed to hold oil samples. These containers are sold based on various parameters, such as their cleanliness, material, and size. Some examples of oil storage containers include stainless steel containers, polyethylene containers, double-wall oil storage containers and portable oil storage containers.

The Anatomy Of Choosing The Right Oil Sample Bottle

Before choosing an oil sample bottle, you must follow these rules and regulations:

  • Ask for the necessary recommendations and provisions from the oil analysis laboratory.
  • Ensure that these bottles are compliant with international standards like MARPOL, IMO, IATA and SOLAS to make sure that they won’t cause any harm to the environment, and are strong for handling, couriering and transportation with proper labels and identification.
  • Use the correct bottle size for your samples. Most standard oil tests require the sample to be taken in a 150 or 200-millilitre bottle; sometimes, it can be larger. Enquire with your laboratory for the kind of bottles you will require.
  • Manage your budget by managing the size of your bottles. For Lube Oils, a box of 10 200ml samples weighing 2 kg is adequate for testing and analysis. However, people send in their samples in 10 1 litre bottles that weigh 10 kgs. This is not only a waste of 8 kgs of oil but extra 8 kgs of courier charges, which becomes an expensive affair.
  • You must make it a point to avoid higher courier costs by using the correct bottle size. This can be done through standardization which will help in the use of proper bottles, and labelling, which will transgress in better results and analysis.
  • After a sample is extracted, precautions must be taken by placing it in a clean and neutral environment. It must be carefully managed from the time it is shipped until it reaches the laboratory for testing.
  • Look out for water contamination, oil particulates, oil tops, condition of the oil and severe wear and tear in machines. Always pay attention to the ISO cleanliness code and the particle counts. sting.

To receive highly representative oil samples, you must ensure a consistent collection of quality oil samples through meticulous observation and carefully conducted procedures. This will give you confidence in your oil analysis results and make the sampling procedure more seamless.

Bunker Fuel And Lube Oil Sampling Kits by Atlas Labs: The Biggest Step Towards Successful Oil Sampling

With people making use of makeshift plastic and glass bottles to store oils, they are unable to arrive at accurate test results. They fail to maintain the efficacy of the oils and end up contaminating them, doing more harm than good. The adverse effects of using such improper containers can lead to incorrect laboratory results, hence wasting time, money and resources. Eventually, all results are meaningless if the sample is not representative of the oil system that is being tested.

Introducing a Long Term Solution to this recurrent problem: Bunker Fuel and Lube Oil Sampling Kits by Atlas Lab.

These kits are cost-effective, provide a range of tests that monitor oil quality control and optimise the performance of your machinery.

The contents of the Bunker Fuel Sampling Kit are as follows:

  • 36 Bottles with Plug and Cap
  • 42 Bottle Labels
  • 42 Security Seals
  • 9 Cubitainers
  • 9 Small Carton Boxes
  • 9 Plastic covers with Seals
  • 1 Booklet containing:
  • - 9 Sets of Fuel Information Form
  • - 9 Sets of Commercial Invoice
  • - 9 Sets of Witness to Sampling Form
  • - 9 Sets of MSDS

The contents of the Lube Oil Sampling Kit are as follows:

  • 120 numbers - 200 ml Sample Bottle with Plug & Caps
  • 140 Sampling Labels
  • 25 Proforma Invoice
  • 25 MSDS
  • 10 Carton Boxes

Besides having appropriate contents in the kit, we ensure the correct collection of the sample, an adequate quality for testing and that there are no pollutants or contamination during any transit process. The testing services comply with national and international standards and regulations. They are designed to keep your needs in mind. Instead of using improper and unreliable sampling techniques, you can trust the accuracy of Atlas Lab's Bunker Fuel and Lube Oil Sampling Kits.

These oil sampling testing kits by Atlas Lab are the biggest step towards successful testing and oil analysis.

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