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LabTec Fluid Analysis Program
Today’s highly competitive marketplace poses unprecedented challenges for commercial and industrial users of petroleum products. To help meet these challenges, Southwestern Petroleum Corporation is proud to offer the SWEPCO LabTecSM Fluid Analysis Program.
The SWEPCO LabTecSM Fluid Analysis Program is a diagnostic, preventive maintenance tool invaluable to the monitoring and evaluation of lubricant and equipment conditions in a wide variety of applications.
What Can SWEPCO LabTecSM Fluid Analysis Do for You?
- Extend oil drain intervals
- Extend equipment life
- Identify minor problems before they become major failures
- Maximize asset reliability
Imagine being able to see exactly what’s happening inside an engine, a transmission or a gearbox. Imagine being able to see the damage even extremely minute wear particles and debris can do by simply floating around in the oil circulating within a system. Problems can be found before they become failures and less unscheduled downtime means increased production and profitability.
Regular sampling and TREND analysis - monitoring test data over an extended period of time - will provide the information you need to continually maximize asset reliability and, ultimately, decrease lubrication related costs. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a first-time sampler, fluid analysis puts you on track for well-managed, cost-effective equipment maintenance.
High Quality Testing
All testing is performed by an ISO 17025 A2LA accredited laboratory. This is the highest level of quality attainable by a testing laboratory and it is backed by the most stringent accrediting body in the industry. You can be confident that the results you receive are accurate, repeatable and traceable to a recognized industry standard. Beyond that, your fluid analysis program is supported by a documented quality system. You can depend on SWEPCO to deliver superior testing and customer service.
Establish Your SWEPCO LabTecSM Account
Order the Test Packages and Sampling Supplies that meet your maintenance program’s objectives using SWEPCO’s LabTecSM Fluid Analysis Program Order Form. Test packages are available for oils, diesel fuels, engine coolants and metalworking fluids. When ordering sampling supplies, consider these points:
Select the Right Equipment
SWEPCO’s LabTecSM Fluid Analysis Program is best used to monitor your most critical equipment, equipment with large fluid volumes or wherever extending fluid life can provide cost savings. Auxiliary equipment, very small units and idle machines may not be good candidates for fluid analysis.
Determine Sampling Intervals
Original equipment manufacturers’ drain recommendations provide a good starting point for setting oil sampling intervals. However, you may want to consider more frequent sampling for equipment that is critical to production or equipment that is subjected to challenging environments, such as hot, dirty operating conditions, short trips with heavy loads or excessive idle times.
Determine Proper Sampling Points
In a re-circulating lube system, the sampling point is selected based on your fluid analysis objectives. If you are interested in fluid cleanliness and providing maximum equipment protection, locate your sampling point after the supply-line filters and before the fluid enters the lubricated component. If you are trying to identify abnormal operating conditions or component wear, the best sampling point is from the return line upstream of any filtration. Critical systems could have multiple sampling points.
Test Package Kits come with all consumable supplies needed for the number of pre-paid tests ordered, including Sample Bottles, Shipping Containers and Labeling Sheets that include bar-coded component registration forms, prepaid bar-coded sample labels, tracking labels and shipping container labels.
Comprehensive Reports With Trend Analysis
Sample reports are available online almost immediately after processing is complete or they can be emailed or faxed. Additional management reports allow you to affect positive changes in your daily maintenance practices by graphically monitoring trends, keeping sampling schedules on track, identifying bottlenecks in turnaround time and summarizing unit problems that could influence future purchasing decisions. And you have control over an extensive range of personal application settings and preferences that give you the power to put the information you need most in front of you first.