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Contaminants in lubricating oils or hydraulic fluids are defined as any foreign material whether ingested from the external environment or generated from within the oil-wetted system. Contamination can be due to fuel, water, soot, glycol, process chemicals, oxidation products, wear debris Or particulate contamination such as dust or dirt from external sources. Excessive quantities of contamination result in the wear of metal surfaces, the formation of deposits, oil thickening and plugging of filters. Contaminants in a used oil or hydraulic fluid sample can be determined by their elemental content such a silicon with the Spectroil M, or physical properties such as water, fuel, soot, glycol or lubricant degradation products using the Spectro FTIR of FluidScan.
Applicable Spectro Products: