Welcome to Whayne Supply Company's Equipment Health Center, previously known as the Oil Analysis Laboratory, located in Louisville, Kentucky.   The Center has been designed and built for current and future technology and services and has state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment with trained, experienced Whayne personnel. The Equipment Health Center examines machine fluids like engine oil, transmission and hydraulic fluid and other component fluids to look for contamination and material wear.
The first step of the process is to receive the samples in the Health Center.  The majority of the oil samples come in on the night truck from the branches and the rest come in by the US Postal Service.

Setting Up Samples
Once all samples are brought inside they are sorted by compartments (engines, hydraulics, diffs & finals).  there is a different test list for each compartment.

Numbering Samples

After samples are sorted by compartments each bottle and ticket receive a lab number.  This number follows the sample from the beginning to end.

Logging Samples in the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)
Once samples/tickets are sorted and numbered the tickets are logged into the Laboratory Information Management System

Samples of Tickets

The first sample is missing the serial number and equipment number.  This sample required a call to the customer.  The second one has all the information needed.  This is very helpful to accuracy processing the sample.

The samples are then put on a shaker to vibrate the particles back in suspension in the oil.  Over time particles can tend to settle out of the sample.

Dilution Process
Once the samples come from the shaker they are set through the dilution process where a small amount of oil is taken from the bottle and transferred to a test tube that is also numbered with the corresponding number from the bottle and has kerosene & cobalt added to it.  This process thins the oil so that it can easily pass through the small lines of the inductively couples plasma spectrometer.

(ICP) Inductively Coupled Plasma Spectrometer
This ICPS instrument detects "particles" up to eight microns.  The concentration of "Particles" are measured in parts-per-million (PPM) by carefully monitoring the trend, an interpreter can often spot the beginnings of failure.

The ISL Viscometer measures the viscosity @ 100 Degrees C.  Viscosity is the resistance of a liquid to flow or it's "thickness" or Thinness".  Thin-low Thick-high

Particle Count Instrument
The particle count instrument detects particles from 2 microns to 100 microns and larger.  Particle count has proven to be an invaluable tool in the CAT Contamination Control Program.  this tool is used in all compartments except engines.

(FT-IR) Fourier Transform infrared
The (FT-IR) Fourier Transform infrared instrument detects soot, oxidation, sulfur products and nitration.  It also scans for the presence of water, glycol (antifreeze) and fuel.

Seta Flash or Sputter Test
 The seta flash or sputter test detects the presence of water and fuel.

Coolant Test
The coolant test checks for glycol, conductivity, ph and nitrite in coolants.

Interpretation Process

The interpreters look at all results of all tests and codes each sample with normal, monitor or action and adds comments for customer to view.  This information is then automatically viewable to the customer in the SOS services of whayne.com