Lubricant testing

Using analytical instruments at key points will help you increase productivity and maximize returns.

Lubricants make our everyday lives run smoothly. From car engines to wind turbines and conveyor belts – all these machines need to be properly lubricated to ensure the highest performance, long component lifespan, and short downtimes. Lubricant testing requires accurate, robust, and flexible measuring solutions, able to cover a large array of samples, from thin oils to high-viscosity greases. Anton Paar provides laboratory and process instrumentation for a wide range of measurements. From characterizing base oils and lubricant blends to performing oil condition monitoring for in-service oils and greases, our instruments give insight into rheological behavior and deliver parameters such as viscosity, density, oxidation stability, flash point, and many more.

Lubricant testing at refineries

The refinery is the heart of the downstream process. At all steps - from vacuum distillation to solvent extraction, hydro treatment to lubricant blending - Anton Paar's measuring solutions help you optimize your processes. Our viscometers and rheometers are at hand to perform tests on flow behavior and lubricity, so you can be sure to have full control over your production processes, to have the right blend for your customers' applications, and to meet the required specifications. Automated measurements free lab personnel from repetitive work, increase efficiency, and minimize handling errors. We offer devices which speed up the time required for preparing samples for elemental analysis with ICP. For research into new and improved products as well as reducing carbon emissions and overall environmental impact, our portfolio has the rheometers, penetrometers, density meters, and viscometers you need – and much more.

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Measuring the density and viscosity of highly viscous samples

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Automating measurements and data transfer to increase your productivity

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Determining the shear viscosity of lubricating greases

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Optimizing sample preparation (digestion) for elemental analysis (ICP)

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Characterizing new blends and environmentally acceptable lubricants

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Determining the cloud and pour point of incoming crude oil

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Obtaining the correct distillation cuts during crude oil distillation

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Determining the low-temperature, low-shear-rate viscosity of lubricants

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Certifying lubricants and novel formulations according to relevant standards

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Lubricant testing during distribution

Anton Paar’s instruments are at hand to monitor the distribution process of lubricants from the filling line to the tank storage, helping to avoid product loss and mix-ups by providing fast and accurate measurements. As storage for extended periods of time may lead to lubricant contamination or (bio) degradation of your products, regular on-site check measurements with our portable devices can help to detect potential problems in time to take preventive measures. Anton Paar provides intrinsically safe equipment for such on-site measurements.

We support you with reliable and accurate measuring equipment which performs standardized measurements according to clearly defined test methods so you can fulfill legal regulations and avoid reclamations when trading as well as when ensuring correct account settlement. 

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Lubricant testing for consumers

When purchasing lubricants it is essential that the appropriate oil is selected for your machinery. Ensuring that the product you buy is in compliance with (OEM) specifications and regulations is crucial. During their use, lubricants are exposed to challenging environmental conditions (high pressures and temperatures, contamination, and sometimes also high voltages), therefore it is important to verify they are still able to perform their task properly.

Anton Paar's instruments offer fast determination and high throughput combined with the highest economic efficiency, ensuring that the lubricants are replaced in time, preventing equipment damage, downtime, and maintenance/repair costs.

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Ensuring reliable operation by oil-condition monitoring (OCM)

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Analyzing the effect of lubrication on wear and friction

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Observing the viscosity-temperature relationship of (used) engine oil

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Lubricant testing at testing laboratories

Testing laboratories routinely perform oil-condition monitoring (OCM) support in the form of measurements and predictive maintenance plans. Anton Paar’s devices are here to help you achieve high sample throughput and high-accuracy results. We provide automated filling and cleaning for individual measuring instruments or you can choose a completely automated platform with integrated robotics for sample processing on an industrial scale.

Anton Paar is your partner for the utmost reliability of measured data and provides trusted and traceable results. 

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Automating on a large scale for oil-condition monitoring and the highest throughput

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Ensuring higher productivity and efficient data flow in the lab

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Automating sample preparation for more efficient lab processes

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