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SOS Fluid Sampling & Analysis Services

Keep Your Equipment Operating at Peak Performance


Hastings Deering Oil Commander laboratories has a range of testing to suit nearly any applications to optimize the productive life of machinery. Analysis can be performed on lubricating oil, grease, coolant, diesel, emulsion fluids and particle wear debris analysis. Sample kits are easily identified, making it simple to determine the correct analysis for the job with a single payment including postage, analysis, and reporting. Analysis of the routine oil samples can be completed in as little as 24 hours from receipt of the sample. The majority of testing conforms to ASTM methodology and includes appropriate calibrations and quality control samples to provide assurance of reliable results.

Our dedicated team provide timely analysis and interpretation of your samples to assist you with your maintenance processes. All results can be viewed through our Oil Commander software. A user friendly, internet application that allows you to manage and assess your analysis results online from anywhere in the world you have internet access.

Our friendly and professional staff are available to discuss your analysis requirements.

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Oil Analysis

Heavy mobile equipment and plant is frequently exposed to severe environmental and working conditions, so regular maintenance is necessary. Taking a preventative approach to maintenance with an effective fluid and condition monitoring program will help to maximise the investment in your equipment, by reducing unexpected failures and costly unscheduled downtime.


Grease Analysis

Incorrect grease selection can lead to costly downtime and repairs. Analysis from Hastings Deering Laboratory Services ensures the grease is suitable for application and in good condition. Contamination and wear levels are easily identified and reported along with a photograph of the debris and a wear severity graph to highlight compartment condition.


Emulsion Analysis

Water-in-oil emulsions (or invert emulsions) are fire-resistant hydraulic fluids. Maintaining the correct oil-water ratio is critical to ensuring the fire resistant properties. Routine analysis monitors this characteristic along with detection of abnormal wear and other contaminants that may be detrimental to the system or fluid life.


Fuel Analysis

Fuel is probably the largest single expense faced by heavy equipment operators. It pays to ensure that the quality of the fuel you have purchased is up to the job. Contaminated fuel can reduce the engine performance and may cause abnormal or catastrophic wear in engine components such as fuel pumps and injectors. Diesel fuel testing ensures that you will not sacrifice power or reliability by using a sub-standard product. The program detects fuel deterioration and determines if inherent qualities fall within required limits.


Coolant Analysis

To meet the rigorous demands of the modern, heavy duty diesel engine, the cooling system must be maintained as diligently as any other mechanical component of the machine. Modern diesel engine coolants such as Caterpillar's Extended Life Coolant (ELC) is designed to have a long service life and require little maintenance invtervention. However regular laboratory monitoring is essential for early detection of cooling system problems and to ensure that the best possible service life of expensive coolants and cooling systems are achieved.


Wear Debris Analysis

Filtergrams are the most comprehensive test our laboratory offers for analysing particulate wear debris. The sample to be examined is dissolved in a solvent and filtered through a very fine membrane filter. The wear debris and other contaminants in the oil are captured on the membrane for examination under a high power microscope. The filtergram report gives an analysis of the size and composition of all the particles found as well as the wear mechanism which generated the metallic particles. The ferrogram is a technique to prepare samples for microscopic examination by separating ferrous wear particles in a magnetic field. This will sort the particles according to their size distribution and segregate the ferrous and non-ferrous components.