Industrial gearboxes are usually located in cleaner environments than mobile equipment. While mining, off-highway and transportation equipment is more susceptible to water and dirt contamination, vibration due to misalignment and fluid properties is a more common cause of abnormal equipment wear in industrial settings.
Fluid properties break down over time, under stress and under high temperatures. Oil analysis can ensure the lubricant’s viscosity and additives are appropriate for the equipment’s speed and load, preventing excessive wear from occurring.
When contamination and lubricant properties are sufficient, wear may be a sign of equipment vibration caused by misalignment. Oil analysis can supplement regular vibration monitoring programs.
Testing gear lubrication regularly will identify when the fluid needs to be filtered or changed. If problems are caught early, fluid analysis will reduce maintenance costs, extend lubricant life and increase equipment life expectancy