The Downstream Effect of Lubricant Contamination and the Value in Controlling It
In the lubrication industry it is pretty common to have heard of or experienced a lubrication issue due to mixing of incompatible lubricants. Issues encountered include excessive foaming, formation of precipitates or deposits and loss of key performance characteristics such as water separability. Given the gravity of the impact on machine reliability that these issues can cause, there is a demand for testing that can help predict if mixing two lubricants might result in operational issues. Although the lubricants may be deemed equivalent or comparable, that does not mean they are compatible. Join Heather as she reviews the test process, what happens when the oils are mixed and how the results are reported.