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Best Practices for Performing Oil Analysis on Your Engine Oil

The benefits of oil analysis are enjoyed throughout all industries that operate mechanical equipment. Power plants track the changes in performance properties of thousands of gallons of turbine oil, as slight changes could lead to or indicate the onset of component failure. The main gearboxes in wind turbines are monitored regularly through oil analysis, since…
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Common Mistakes to Avoid in Interpreting Oil Analysis Reports

Recently I received a request to review an oil analysis report for a critical compressor. Based on the results of some basic tests conducted by the laboratory, the report indicated that the compressor was normal and fit for continued use. However, while going through the report, I discovered that some key tests were missing and…
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Controlling The Environmental Impact Of Natural Gas Recovery

It’s no secret that natural gas drilling brings about a lot of controversy regarding its environmental impact. With the chance for leaks, long-term effects on wildlife and increase of air pollution, these controversies are unfortunately grounded in fact. Nevertheless, gas extraction isn’t a zero-sum game. Steps can be taken to reduce environmental impact before and…
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Synthetic or conventional oil? The verdict is finally in

If you're a good car owner and follow a reasonable maintenance schedule, you most likely change your oil at least twice a year. This has always been my practice. Scrupulous drivers do it more often, using the traditional "every 3,000 miles" rule. And so do drivers who run their vehicles hard. But a big question…
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