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Blog: January 2014

Machine Tool Hydraulics: Using Oil Analysis as an Essential PM Practice

I am often surprised that so many metalworking facilities do not use oil analysis to monitor their machine tool hydraulic units.  In discussing the issue with maintenance managers, I receive a number of explanations: the reservoirs are too small, pressures are low, pump replacements are fairly inexpensive, etc.  A closer examination would reveal a number of very good reasons to implement periodic oil analysis as an integral component of the machine tool preventive maintenance program.