Lubricant Analysis 

LA – Lubricant Analysis is a condition monitoring (CM – see ‘What the Hec?!’, October 2011) method for checking the condition of, and diagnosing faults in, machinery. LA supports the application of predictive maintenance programmes, allowing companies to plan maintenance and minimise the risk of unexpected breakdowns. LA is defined as the process of monitoring and performing investigative testing of lubricants, with subsequent interpretation of, reporting on and response to the obtained results.

As with other CM and NDT methods, the effectiveness of LA depends on the capabilities of the operators who perform the measurements and analyse the data. The training and competence assessment requirements for operators are also similar to other CM and NDT methods, with Categories I, II and III.

For more information on LA see:
BS ISO 18436-4:2014 Condition monitoring and diagnostics of machines – Requirements for qualification and assessment of personnel – Field lubricant analysis.

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