S.O.S Fluids Lab and Condition Monitoring
The Fluids Analysis program at the Empire Southwest oil & fluid testing laboratory was created to help our clients lower the cost of operating and maintaining their equipment. We offer comprehensive fluid & oil sampling, testing solutions, and trend analysis at our testing laboratory. Oil & fluid samples provide a window into your equipment’s overall health. And, through trend analysis, we can detect potential problems long before they materialize.
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S.O.S. at Empire
Scheduled Oil Sampling (S.O.S.) is a regular maintenance program developed by Caterpillar® to monitor the overall condition of all equipment types. Although it was developed by Caterpillar, we don’t just service Cat equipment or even just construction equipment. We complete oil, fuel and fluid analysis for all kinds of equipment owners and industries, including construction, mining, aviation, municipalities, personal/individual vehicles, marine, and many more…
In our oil analysis lab, our technicians are able to test a number of factors to gain a comprehensive picture of the health of your engine, transmission, powertrain and other wearable components. Oil sampling is recommended regularly and can depend on the application, hours, use, etc. If you’re unsure of what “regularly” is for your equipment, just give us a call, and we’ll work with you to provide a recommendation that works for your equipment needs.
Empire’s state-of-the-art oil, fuel and other fluid testing laboratory can evaluate more than 30 characteristics from a fluid sample, which can include:
- 20 + wear metals and additives
- Presence of water
- Viscosity at 100c
- Particle count
- Fluid degradation
- Fluid contamination
- Fuel dilution
- Presence of Glycol/Antifreeze
- Total Base Number (TBN) and Total Acid Number (TAN)
- Glycol Concentration
- Color and appearance
- Oil or fuel contamination
- Other fuel quality and contaminants testing
Reports produced by our oil and fluid testing lab include recommendations to help clients identify and resolve potential problems before they result in failures. Many manufacturers require regular testing at an authorized ISO 9001:2008 certified oil and fluid analysis lab as a condition for warranty consideration. We are proud to say that Empire’s oil and fluids testing laboratory has been ISO certified since 2009.
Certified Fleet Management Services
As the ISO organization explains regarding the benefits an ISO Certified company:
“ISO International Standards ensure that products and services are safe, reliable and of good quality… 9001:2008 sets out the criteria for a quality management system and is the only standard in the family that can be certified to (although this is not a requirement). It can be used by any organization, large or small, regardless of its field of activity. In fact ISO 9001:2008 is implemented by over one million companies and organizations in over 170 countries.”
Empire Southwest can and does work with clients nationwide, and we also have convenient locations throughout Arizona. It is important to take steps to monitor the health of your equipment as a part of proactive equipment management / condition monitoring, which can reduce downtime and overall operating costs. There’s no better place for engine oil analysis, fuel testing and fluid analysis than the Empire’s oil and fluid testing laboratory. Working with Empire, it’s easy and convenient to get valuable insight into the health of your equipment, no matter what brand it is or where it’s from.
Most Empire fluid & oil testing is completed and reported in 24 hours or less once received by the lab. Same-day online reports are available for samples delivered directly to the lab before 10 a.m. Samples can also be dropped off at any of our locations for free delivery to the lab.
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