Limitations of Offline Oil Analysis for Gearbox Health Assessment

Traditional offline oil analysis methods such as Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-AES), Rotating Disk Electrode Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (RDE-AES), and particle counting can be useful for detecting changing levels of additive elements and contamination, while they are unsuited for wear metal analyses pertaining to gearbox health. These techniques lack the specificity and sensitivity needed to provide useful information to operators in a timely fashion.

This 35-minute webinar explains the main issues with using solely offline oil analysis and covers the following topics:

  • Why is offline oil analysis an unreliable diagnostic indicator of gearbox health?
  • Why is the ability to detect a gearbox fault so unlikely with offline sampling?
  • What are common misconceptions about offline analysis methods?
  • How does offline oil analysis compare to online oil analysis?

Online wear debris monitoring is able to provide continuous, real-time information about the health of the gearbox that cannot reliably be determined from offline oil analysis. This presentation covers research conducted by Poseidon Systems that found little-to-no correlation between offline oil analysis and gearbox health. This is due to a number of reasons, including lack of consistency in sampling and lack of specificity in measurement using ISO cleanliness codes.

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