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A serious recurring problem during maintenance procedures is the use of an incorrect lubricant. The most common occurrence of lubricant mix-ups occur when an oil system is "topped off" to replace the oil that has been lost due to use or leakage. Usually a small amount of incorrect oil in a large closed loop system presents few immediate problems. However, large quantities of an incorrect lubricant or mixing types that are not compatible can lead to serious maintenance problems and even equipment failures.
A condition monitoring program can readily identify such problems through the analysis of the lubricant additive package and lubricant physical property analysis using the Spectroil M and Spectro FTIR or FluidScan.
Applicable Spectro Products: