Oil Treatment and cleanliness analysis

Succeed with a Total Systems Cleanliness Approach

Hydrep works with clients to Develop a Total System Cleanliness approach to control contamination and care for fluids per ISO 4406:1999 resulting in more reliable plant operation and lower operating costs. Several Steps to achieve Total Systems Cleanliness include:

  • Evaluate and survey all hydraulic and lubrication systems
  • Establish an oil analysis program and schedule
  • Insist on specific fluid cleanliness levels for all new fluids
  • Establish a baseline and target ISO fluid cleanliness for each system
  • Filter all new fluids upon arrival and during transfer
  • Seal all reservoirs and bulk tanks
  • Install high quality particulate and desiccant breathers
  • Enhance air and liquid filtration on existing systems where suitable
  • Use portable or permanent off-line filtration to enhance existing filtration
  • Remove water and make a commitment to fluid cleanliness
  • Improve bulk oil storage and handling during transfer

Oil treatment and cleanliness analysis per ISO 4406:1999 quantifies particulate contamination levels in oil per millimeter of fluid at three different sizes including 4 micron/6micron/14microms. The Hydrep service team works with clients to assess the state of their system to determine target ISO fluid cleanliness codes for hydraulic and lubrication systems that will meet specific performance objectives. Maximizing equipment reliability and safety, minimizing repair and replacement costs, extending useful fluid life, satisfying warranty requirements, and minimizing production down-time are attainable goals.

Hydrep will work with the client to establish a target ISO cleanliness code, set a progression of steps to achieve that target, set up a system to monitor and maintain system performance, and measure the overall return on the investment.

Proper filter selection and maintenance can provide years of reliable equipment operation and money that is commonly lost battling contamination related failures. Approximately 75% of all hydraulic component failures are attributed to surface degradation caused by contamination and corrosion. The cost of installing and maintaining suitable filtration is estimated at 3%of the cost associated with contamination related issues. Hidden costs of runaway contamination include, unplanned downtime, component replacement or repair expenses, fluid replacement, disposal maintenance labor hours, troubleshooting time and energy, and waste.