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The MicroLab® combines automation and artificial intelligence in an all-in-one oil analysis tool, making on-site oil analysis possible for any fleet.

MicroLab 40 is designed primarily for fleets operating equipment with hydraulic components or heavy equipment gears and transmissions. This would include off-road mining and construction vehicles as well as over-the-road equipment with hydraulics such as bucket trucks, fire engine ladder trucks or solid waste trucks. The MicroLab 40 is also used in applications for offshore drilling equipment. In addition to the basic oil chemistry and extended elemental analysis provided with the MicroLab 30, the MicroLab 40 model includes a particle counter which provides critical analysis for cleanliness of hydraulic oils and gear oils to determine the health of those oils and mechanical condition of those components.

Monitoring equipment and oil health with oil analysis

The four automated MicroLab tests provide a complete look at equipment and oil condition.

Mechanical condition parameters indicate potential equipment failure:
– Wear metal analysis
– Contamination (glycol, dirt, water)

​Oil condition parameters indicate potential degradation and contamination:
– Viscosity
– Oil chemistry (Total Base Number, oxidation, nitration)
– Contamination (glycol, water, soot, particle count)
– Oil additive levels
The MicroLab offers completely automated analysis, cleaning and reporting, all with a push of a button.MicroLab Automated Oil Analysis System

 Chemistry 

The MicroLab infrared spectrometer measures six key parameters which indicate potential oil degradation and contamination.
Both the MicroLab 30 and 40 provide:

  • Oil degradation: oxidation, nitration, total base number
  • Oil contamination: soot, water, glycol
 Viscosity 

The MicroLab Dual Temperature Viscometer (DTV) provides kinematic viscosity analysis which can identify potential oil degradation or contamination.

  • Kinematic viscosity at 40°C and 100 °C
  • Viscosity index (VI)
 Elemental Analysis 

The MicroLab Optical Emission Spectrometer quantifies wear metals caused from mechanical components, as well as other elements from oil additives and contamination.

  • Basic metals include: Al, Cr, Cu, Fe, Pb, Mo, K, Si, Na, Sn
  • Extended metals include: Ba, B, Ca, Mg, Mn, Ni, P, Ti, V, Zn
 Particle Count 

The MicroLab 40 is equipped with a particle counter to measure particle contamination which is crucial for maintaining hydraulic systems, compressors and turbines.

  • Gross particle count
  • ISO particle size

ASTM Compliance 

The MicroLab is compliant with ASTM D7417 “Standard Test Method Analysis of In-Service Lubricants Using Particular Four-Part Integrated Tester (Atomic Emission Spectroscopy, Infrared Spectroscopy, Viscosity, and Laser Particle Counter)

MicroLab Reports

The MicroLab provides complete analytical data with color-coded alarms and diagnostic statements to guide the technician on recommended maintenance actions. The diagnostic statements can indicate whether an oil change is required or if the drain interval can be extended and it can also identify potential mechanical problems to investigate.

The comprehensive reports:
  • Save time – compiles and analyzes all test data
  • Take the guess work out of interpreting results – provides suggested maintenance actions
  • Save money – no need to hire an analytical resource

Embedded Expert System

The Expert System is the “brains” of the MicroLab, translating analytical data into maintenance actions so the technician or mechanic do not need to interpret the chemistry behind the report; they simply read the service recommendations on the report. Built from over 20 years of industry knowledge and more than 10,000 individual software scripts, the MicroLab’s Expert System generates diagnostics that are specific to the:

  • Equipment application (e.g., automotive, on-road trucking, off-road trucking, generators)
  • Component type (e.g., diesel engine, gasoline engine, hydraulic)
  • And often the equipment manufacturer

LubeTrak™ Data Management Software

LubeTrak compiles individual oil reports into a consolidated database of historical information.

Complete Sample History In One Place

  • Dashboard summary data for quick assessments
  • sort by date, equipment type, condition (severity) or site
  • Mobile access

 

MicroLab Companion Kits

The MicroLab Companion Kits provides customers a complete fluid analysis package to meet the needs for their equipment in a convenient packaged offer. The MicroLab can also accept data from the FerroCheck and Fuel Dilution Meter for a comprehensive report. All MicroLab Companion Kits come with a 5 year subscription to LubeTrak data management system.