Lubricants Class of Business is undertaking Lubricant laboratory service which is one of the Customer Value Propositions that the Company provides to its customers. The laboratory service is designed as an early warning system that identifies signs of lubricant degradation, increased wear and unwanted contaminants. Thus, condition-monitoring/proactive analytical services, ranging from oil analysis to product training and technical service, are considered to help Libya Oil Ethiopia customers achieve improved Engine/Machinery performance and service life. In addition, the Company provides Lubricant Survey, Used oil analysis and training support services to Industry and Wholesale customers to help them optimize oil and energy consumption and save cost. Libya Oil Ethiopia has professionals who provide these services.
Used Oil Analysis
The analysis of used lubricants can reveal important information about the condition of machinery and ongoing serviceability of the lubricant. In many applications, an aged lubricant can begin to cause damage to machinery rather than protect it. Whether this is due to excessive contamination or chemical degradation, oil analysis is the most effective means of detecting this common problem and optimizing service intervals.
So far there are two types of condition monitoring services available:-
Oil Condition Monitoring (OCM)
Oil Condition Monitoring is a chemical and physical evaluation of a used lubricant that provides insight to the condition of the oil in service. It provides information on fluid properties, contamination and degradation.
Benefits of OCM
- Enable better assessment of lubricant performance
- Calculate optimum drain interval to reduce lubricant cost
- Eliminate unnecessary oil replacements
Equipment Condition Monitoring (ECM)
Equipment Condition Monitoring is assessment on a continuous or periodic basis of the mechanical condition of machinery, equipment and systems from the observations and/or measurements of selected parameters.
The technique used in Libya Oil Ethiopia Limited Laboratory to monitor the condition of equipment is Wear Metal Analysis.
"Normal" wear metal levels may vary significantly between different types of equipment and different applications.
The oil analysis is used to establish a wear trend for each piece of machinery, which will be specific to that item of machinery, its operating cycle, and its operating environment.
Wear particle analysis techniques give information about the elements present and their concentrations.
This information can be helpful in:
- Forecasting wear-related problems before they lead to expensive failure
- Quantifying contaminants and thereby identifying components that may be wearing.
Benefits of ECM
- Extend equipment life by preventing premature equipment failure
- Monitor wear process
- Identify pending problems before they become catastrophic.
Both, Oil Condition Monitoring and Equipment Condition Monitoring are taking place in the Lubricants Department by Head of the Laboratory.