The ISO 4406 standard utilises a three number system to classify system cleanliness — example: 15/13/10. The first number means there are between 160 and 320 particles >4 micron, between 40 and 80 particles >6 micron and between 5 and 10 particles >14 micron
The second number represents particles greater than 6 micron and the third number represents those greater than 14 micron.
First, identify the source. Then it all depends on the quantity of water in the lubricant and lube system volume. If only a small system and small water problem, rectify water ingress source, drain system and replenish lubricant.
In a large lubricant capacity system where lubricant is stored in a bulk lubricant tank or large volume system, drain from the bottom of the tank as the low point drain will assist in removing free water from the system.
If water has emulsified with the lubricant then it is recommended to fit a high filter capacity system to remove emulsified water and the unit will also remove other particulate contamination.
KPL Filtration have all of the specialised equipment necessary to assist with water or moisture contamination removal. Contact us now for more information.
Yes, KPL Filtration specialise in lubricant filtration and can recommend and install a suitable bypass filtration unit onto your operational plant that will run continuously circulating the lubricant through the units on-board filter element.
Find out more about our Bypass Purifiers.
Synthetic lubricants are designed from pure, uniform synthetic base stocks, they contain no contaminants or unstable molecules which are prone to thermal and oxidative break down.
The same advantages are applied to fully hydrocracked lubricants that have synthetic like performance without the high cost.
Because of their uniform molecular structure, synthetic lubricants operate with less internal and external friction than mineral petroleum lubricants which have a non-uniform molecular structure.
The result is superior heat/temperature control, and less heat means less stress on the lubricant.
Lubricant Samples are helpful, because they can provide you with an accurate contamination reading of your lubricant. It also provides you with information on the condition of your lubricant and components. Once a few samples are drawn, a trend is established and can be monitored to ensure ongoing system reliability.
Lubricant sampling can be done by the company’s maintenance department or by one of KPL’s service technicians. The lubricant sample is sent to an independent lab for testing and reviewed for correctness by KPL with a full report provided.
Always follow the machine and or equipment manufacturers recommended service intervals. However, if your unit is being operated under adverse conditions such as elevated temperatures or heavy loading – reduce lubricant drain frequency or use a higher quality lubricant.
If you are using a synthetic performing lubricant and a lubricant filtering program that includes lubricant analysis you can extend drain intervals.
The drain intervals are set once history is documented using a total lubricant plan.
KPL Filtration can assist in creating a tailored maintenance solution for your requirements, increasing the life of your lubricants and machinery and in turn decreasing the operational costs of maintenance shut downs.
Yes, in larger systems the longer lubricant is kept in service, the less the need is for regular disposal which always poses a problem at an environmental cost.
Yes, but how well is it running? In most instances until such time a laboratory analysis is performed on the lubricant, the mechanical condition of the machine and condition of the lubricant is unknown.
A regular lubricant analysis program assists in monitoring the condition of both the lubricant and machine giving peace of mind.
Yes, KPL Filtration have a variety of standard mobile filtration units, as well as new generation filtration units to suit a variety of tank capacities and work sites. See our range of Mobile Purification Units.
KPL Filtration recommend a lubricant analysis as the first step in finding out the condition of your lubricant and whether it requires filtration or a lubricant change. KPL provide a full summary Report on the lubricant analysis result and can further recommend a tailored maintenance solution for your requirements. Find out more on our Lubricant Analysis page.
Whilst the market is flooded with low quality lubricants, these have a much shorter life expectancy and will require more regular changes. KPL Filtration offer a range of long life lubricants which will save you both time (in maintenance shut downs) and money over the life of your machinery. Contact us to talk with one of our experts on how KPL can maximise your equipment performance.
You often cannot see the contamination in the lubricant as it is the smaller micron particles that cause the most damage by “sandblasting” the inside of your machinery. These particles can also settle in the corners and cracks of the components, causing a build-up and eventually lead to machine breakdowns and unnecessary downtime. The best way to see whether your lubricant is contaminated is to have a lubricant sample drawn for analysis. This analysis will provide you with an accurate contaminate reading. KPL Filtration can provide recommendations and further action if required.
KPL also have a mobile particle counter to test lubricant contamination on site whilst machines are in operation.
KPL also have our own build telescopic camera that enters into the tank which allows you to view the contaminates on an outside screen and take film or photos.
Lubricant samples are helpful because they can provide you with an accurate contamination reading of your lubricant. It also provides you with information on the condition of your lubricant and components. Once a few samples are drawn, a trend is established and can be monitored to ensure ongoing system reliability. Read more about our Lubricant Analysis & Reporting services.