With the help of fluid analysis, the health of lubricants and components can be detected. Dependant on the actual condition of the fluid and the components, the oil exchange and component overhaul intervals can often be extended. Fluid analysis can also help to improve safety by ensuring the equipment is running reliably due to proper contamination control and maintenance.
When a Sandvik machine is purchased new it will be filled with the correct oils and filters. However, over time with various oil exchanges carried out by different parties, the condition and health of the machine’s oil and hydraulic components may be compromised. At Sandvik Mining a fluid analysis can be organised on the customer’s behalf and conducted on a range of oils including engine oils, hydraulic fluids, cooling fluids, gear oils, transmission oils, diesel fuels and ‘add blue’ type fluids and coolants. Fluid analysis can help to show oil contamination and will normally identify the possible root cause, for example an incorrect oil exchange or use of the wrong type of oil.