October 18, 2020

This technique is typically used for critical hydraulic and turbine systems which have very small clearances, e.g. servo valves. It can also be used to look for early signs of bearing wear or evaluating equipment filter performance.  There are three basic methods used, Automatic Optical Particle Counting (ISO 11500), Optical Microscopy (ISO 4407), and Pore Blockage

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March 26, 2020

A clean car is a happy car. Keeping your vehicle’s carpet and upholstery stain-free helps preserve your resale value. It is an endeavor that pays for itself later when it is time to sell or trade in your car, and the best car carpet cleaners can help you do just that.  Left to bake in the

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July 10, 2019

Both oxidation and nitration can be determined using the Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) method, which is also used to determine water content as discussed in a previous article.  As you can see from the FTIR scan below both oxidation and nitration give individual peaks from which their level can be determined. There are various FTIR methods

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June 12, 2019

Water contamination in oil can be extremely detrimental as it can cause any of the following: Rust/corrosion Sludge formation Increase in oil oxidation Decrease in fatigue life (bearings, gears) Increased wear Reduced additive protection Filter plugging SourcesWater contamination can come from various sources such as: Condensation Low temperature engine operation Inter/after cooler of air compressors

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September 28, 2018

Adding an amplifier to a car audio system is not only about producing louder volumes, though it will certainly do that. Amplification of audio signals increases their dynamic range and will bring out musical details that cannot be heard without it. The best car amplifier will produce deep bass and crystal-clear highs, even at louder

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