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A Game changer in S•O•S Toromont Lab workflow

May 19, 2022, 14:34 PM by Hugo Fiore Lacelle
Lost revenue due to equipment downtime is often a direct result of some type of contamination, whether from dirt, water, an incorrect lubricant. Oil analysis testing by S•O•S Toromont Lab can identify these contaminants and offer huge returns on your investment.

Introduction of LPC 500™ Liquid Particle Counter; Integrated Solution, TWO analysis, ONE run


Djaouida Takouk

Corporate Manager,

Pointe Claire S•O•S Lab

Lost revenue due to equipment downtime is often a direct result of some type of contamination, whether from dirt, water, an incorrect lubricant.  Oil analysis testing by S•O•S Toromont Lab can identify these contaminants and offer huge returns on your investment.

Particle Count Analysis is critical to monitor hydraulic system cleanliness levels and their reliability. However, methods with Hiac PODS, Pore Blockage, microscopy and currently the Hiac SDS PC are relatively labor intensive.  The biggest problem we have seen with all particle counters are the variations, as much as +/- 3-ISO codes in particle counts on identical samples.  Even more disturbing were the many high particle count readings in the >20, >40, and even >70 micron ranges. 

 

Many Analysts believe trending particles in these size ranges may be indicative of severe wear particles.  We know, there are many variables and/or potential inconsistencies in processing samples for particle counting.  With all light obscuration or light scattering type sensors, viscosity of the fluid, suspended water, entrained air, and transparency of the fluid will contribute to high particle counts or saturate (HBL) the sensor. 

The Toromont S•O•S Laboratory reveals its Perkin Elmer LPC (Liquid Particle Counter). This new technology acquisition took place at the end of January, and it is operational since February 7th.

 

Connected with a Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectroscopy metals analysis (ICP OES), the PE LPC appears to resolve all the issues mentioned above. 

  • Repeatability improved with +/- 1-ISO range.
  • Samples with high-suspended water levels did not saturate the sensor. 
  • Transparency and viscosity are negated by the dilution
  • Auto-dilution and auto-sampling eliminating any human inconsistency in processing samples manually
  • Two Analysis, One Run, with single sample preparation
  • Sample-to-sample analysis in under 45 seconds
  • The Quality Control of the PLC is assured by the introduction of the new standard Conostan PartiStan 2806 of SCP Science.
  • This standard is prepared according to ISO 11171, determined on a primary calibrated instruments using NIST SRM 2806d

What’s in it for Toromont?

  • This investment will increase our revenue
  • Will increase our efficiency and quality, TWO Analysis, ONE Run
  • Will frees the technician to do other tasks
  • Toromont lab is the first lab in Canada who get the LPC, will beat the competition

What’s in it for the customer?

  • Will eliminate sources of error due to water contamination
  • Customer may now request a particle count on more viscous oils such as gear oils
  • Will improve accuracy by introducing a QC certified standard
  • Will see an improvement on the turnaround time

Monitoring system cleanliness levels in hydraulic system is fundamental as part of a proactive approach to maintenance. Systems requiring an ISO 4406 Cleanliness Level of 17/15/13 are better analysed with the LPC with high accuracy due to the quality control certified standard.

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