Monday, June 8, 2015

Growing Lubricheck Use by Maintenance Professionals

We have been pleased to learn of an increasing number of customers that are using Lubricheck in professional applications. Farmers have been among the first to accept the Lubricheck to help keep their equipment in great condition. But since the introduction of Lubricheck over 2 years ago, more and more professional maintenance technicians are discovering the Lubricheck can be a great help at the job site, shop or factory to give an instant indication of oil condition. This information helps them decide if an oil sample should be sent to a lab for full analysis, if the equipment tested may need a more thorough inspection, or simply if the oil change intervals they have been using may be safely extended to cut unnecessary maintenance down time, lubricant and labor expenses. (This can be a big hit with managers and corporate types).

Matt Spurlock (CLS, CMRP, CRL) of Advanced Machine Reliability Resources, Inc. has been bringing Lubrichecks to his on-site training courses. He shows maintenance technicians how this pocket sized digital oil tester can make their job easier, and catch lubrication maintenance issues sooner. Matt recently wrote, "The Lubricheck is by far the most cost effective tool on the market today to determine if an engine oil is still suitable for use. The ease of testing and overall accuracy of the unit is something that even the novice automobile owner can wrap their hand around."

Kenneth Bannister, a contributing editor at Maintenance Technology Magazine, author, maintenance consultant and trainer, explained the Lubricheck this way. "At the heart of the Lubricheck unit is a battery-operated sensor that sets up an electrical excitation field, which changes in a known manner when a fluid, such as oil, is placed on the sensor pad. When oil becomes oxidized, it also becomes acidic and will affect the electrical field differently than new oil. Lubricheck’s electronics interpret these types of changes and display them through a series of 10 LED lights that light up GREEN (when the oil tests OK), or AMBER or RED when it doesn’t (depending on the severity of condition problems and the urgency of a change-out). Although the unit is primarily designed for fleets and can be switched to analyze diesel or gas engine oil, it can also be used to check most lubricating oils". 

The development team at WaveOn Tech welcomes any feedback or requests from maintenance professionals regarding Lubricheck as we work to expand our features and capabilities to meet the needs of new applications.

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