Lubricant Performance Trend Analysis

Longevity, dependability, and smooth operation are important to all modes of transportation. For vehicles to last a long time, start on command, and run efficiently, a quality lubricant must be used.

Southwest Research Institute has developed and proven a system for trend analysis of a variety of lubricants extracted from many different types of fleets. Information about the lubricant performance in a variety of operational conditions can help fleet owners:

  • Predict maintenance intervals
  • Spot trouble areas
  • Prevent unneeded maintenance
  • Improve vehicle life
  • Track vehicle operation and performance

Fleets that can be monitored for lubricant quality and analysis include:

  • Locomotives
  • Multi-axled vehicles
  • Vans
  • Taxis
  • Off-road equipment
  • Tugboats
  • Passenger car fleets
  • Natural gas engine vehicles
  • Stationary generators

Southwest Research Institute's trend analysis program offers a complete and comprehensive low-cost program that includes:

  • A completely customized program for each client
  • Custom-designed sample kits
  • Pre-paid mailers
  • In-line sampling (when required)
  • On-site assistance and monitoring
  • Three-day ultrasound of test results
  • Multiple reports available to multiple locations
  • Determination of baseline for each engine type
  • Availability of various forms of communication
For more information about lubricant performance trend analysis, contact Janet Barker, Petroleum Products Research Department, Fuels and Lubricants Research Division, Southwest Research Institute, P.O. Drawer 28510, San Antonio, Texas 78228-0510, Phone (210) 522-6924, Fax (210) 522-3658.

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