CBM – Beware of Ghost Particles in Your Lubricants

July 29, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am


By John Sander

In recent years, maintenance individuals have come to understand the importance of oil cleanliness to reliable machine operation. Accomplishing this requires employment of various tools, such as filtration, desiccation, clean transfer equipment, and proper lubricant selection to create a lubrication reliability program. To evaluate the efficiency of a program, oil analysis is recommended. Particle count testing is an oil analysis tool that involves passing a laser light through a used oil sample as it passes through the machine. A sensor collects and compiles data that quantifies the size and amount of particulate contamination in the sample. This presentation will describe particle count testing and the phenomenon described here as ghost particles.

Learning Takeaways:

1)Find out about ghost particles and how to eliminate them.

2)Learn the answers to these questions:

  • How do particles get into oil?
  • How does a particle counter work and what is the ISO cleanliness code system?
  • What if the oil is NEVER cleaning up? (It’s possible that it is not a failure of the lubrication cleanliness efforts)
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