Off-highway equipment is operated and stored in the open, meaning expensive equipment is exposed to moisture, abrasives and temperature variants every day. Yet the equipment is still expected to perform at high levels. Breakdowns usually occur far from any mechanics shop, meaning repairs are slow, expensive and they put projects behind schedule.
In addition to identifying which components are about to fail, routine fluid testing will discover contamination and wear patterns to prevent long-term equipment damage. By maximizing asset reliability and planning maintenance downtime, you can regain control of your production schedule through a fluid analysis program focused on predictive maintenance strategies with POLARIS Laboratories®.
Detecting moisture and abrasive contamination before damage occurs is a major benefit of engine oil analysis, but extreme temperatures in off-highway conditions can affect the lubrication as well. Testing examines viscosity and soot to see if the lubrication can protect the engine, if additives need to be added or if the sump needs to be drained.
Analyzing coolant takes the guesswork out of maintaining cooling systems. Test results can identify corrosion, contamination, improperly mixed additives and even stray electrical currents. Together, coolant and oil analysis offer the maximum protection for engines in off-highway equipment.
The biggest concern for gear systems is the type of wear occurring in the system, which is often caused by dirt and water. Regular testing designed specifically for gear systems will arm our analysts with the information they need to determine if metal particles in the lubricant are from normal wear or if they are warning signs of a catastrophic failure.
Off-highway hydraulic systems operate under demanding conditions. For the system to function properly over its expected lifecycle, hydraulic fluid must be free of contamination – and off-highway environments are full of potential contaminants. Water, particles and even air can contaminate hydraulic systems. Testing hydraulic fluids will check viscosity, fluid cleanliness (particle contamination) and water content.
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