Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:11

WearCheck riders saddle up for 94.7 cycle race

An intrepid team of WearCheck staff, family members, and Set Point Group colleagues from around South Africa entered the popular, but daunting, 94.7 cycle race in Johannesburg last Sunday. Some of the team members gathered to show off their snazzy WearCheck-sponsored cycling kit just before the start of the race.  Among the finishers from the Pinetown laboratory were WearCheck MD Neil…
Thursday, 10 November 2011 11:00

WearCheck’s world-class team of diagnosticians

WearCheck’s diagnostic team, who between them boast 125 collective years of oil analysis experience, successfully completed their International Council for Machinery & Lubrication (ICML) exams last year, and are now ICML certified for Level II Machinery Lubricant Analysis. This certification is equivalent to category II of the ISO 18436-4 standard covering lubricant analysis for machine condition monitoring.  It is directed…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 14:09

Oil analysis prevents equipment failure for Atlantis Mining

Oil analysis by WearCheck Africa proved instrumental in avoiding machine failure on two of Middelburg mining contractor Atlantis Mining’s earthmoving units recently by detecting component wear in time. All of the Middelburg-based mining contractors’ fleet Caterpillar, Komatsu, Hitachi, Volvo and Terex equipment have been on WearCheck’s oil analysis programme for the past 12 years.  On this occasion, one of the…
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 10:30

New product: Turbine Oil Analysis

The performance of the oil in a turbine application is vital in many aspects to ensure reliable performance of your turbine. WearCheck's Turbine Oil Analysis kits have been designed to measure the core functions of the oil and give you the ability to monitor the operating condition of the oil and hence conduct scheduled proactive maintenance procedures. In today's world…
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…
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