Wednesday, 12 October 2011 15:03

Technical Bulletin 52: How do oils degrade

Oils have a finite lifetime – they will eventually degrade and/or become contaminated, and will need to be changed. Lubricants consist of a base stock (mineral or synthetic) and an additive package. As oil works to lubricate a piece of machinery, the additives become depleted and deactivated, which eventually renders the oil inefficient.  Technical Bulletin 52 discusses how lubricants degrade, and what…
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 14:07

The ABC's of oil - part 3

So, we have dealt with the physical and chemical properties of oils and their performance specification but how does the stuff actually work?  Depending on which book, manual or learned journal you read, a lubricant can have as many as two dozen functions. These can be reduced to four very fundamental ones with anything subsequent, more or less, being a…
Friday, 30 September 2011 09:50

The ABC's of oil - part 2

In part 1 we dealt with the physical properties of oil, we will now discuss the chemicals that are added to the base stock in order for the oil to do its specific job? In other words, if I buy a can of oil, how good is it? The most important thing to realise at this point is that if…
Thursday, 22 September 2011 12:36

The ABC's of oil

The ABC's of oil by John Evans, Diagnostics Manager, WearCheck. When purchasing a can, drum or tankerful of oil, how can you be sure of what you are buying, where you can use it, and what quality you are getting for your money? On every can of lubricating oil there is (or should be) a series of numbers and letters…
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 14:58

WearCheck heads to Ghana

Following the huge industry drive into Africa, WearCheck will be attending the 4th West & Central African Mining Summit to be held in Ghana next week. Neil Robinson, Managing Director, and Keith Finlayson, New Business Consultant, will be showcasing WearCheck’s preventative maintenance programme and how it has benefited the mining, industrial, automotive, electrical, marine and aircraft sectors in southern Africa…
Tuesday, 13 September 2011 11:53

WearCheck Monitor issue 60

We are pleased to announce the release of the 60th issue of the WearCheck Monitor - this marks the 20th year that we have been producing these informative and popular newsletters for our customers. The latest issue features eight pages of hot news from WearCheck – brand new cutting-edge laboratory equipment that raises the bar on accuracy, an interesting customer…
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