Many different substances can be used to lubricate a surface. Oil and grease are the most common. Grease is composed of oil and a thickening agent to obtain its consistency, while the oil is what actually lubricates. The application determines which oil, commonly referred to as the base oil, should be used. Lubricants containing oil have additives that enhance, add or suppress properties within the base oil. The amount of additives depends on the type of oil and the application for which it will be used. Typical additives are anti-foam additives, anti-wear additives and anti-oxidants.
Measuring and analysing the mid-infrared absorption spectra of the oils allows the customer to determine the aging of any oil oils in one simple measurement by determining the following three factors:
- oil degradation
- additive depletion
Our customers are using our products successfully in different application areas. Please follow the links provided for more detailed application notes. If your specific application is not listed, please contact us to discuss your specific needs.