Accurate oil analysis report interpretation, correct sample taking, pre-planned maintenance schedules and good lubricant management help boost the bottom line of companies that rely on an effective, cost-efficient preventive maintenance programme. So says Ashley Mayer, newly-appointed training manager for oil analysis and condition monitoring specialist, WearCheck. As training manager, a newly-created position, Mayer is based in Johannesburg, but travels to all corners of the globe to conduct WearCheck training courses.
Mayer says, “The concept of analysing oil samples from a machine or component is similar to that of taking a blood sample from a person − the results determine the health status of the unit and the condition of the lubricant.” Another key element of a successful condition monitoring programme, Mayer believes, is that employees at each stage of the oil analysis process are equipped with the necessary skills.
WearCheck has created several training courses aimed at different levels within the process, from basic understanding of oil analysis through to management of the condition monitoring programme. “The course material draws heavily on WearCheck’s database of sample diagnoses accumulated over the past 40 years, as well as the 600,000 new samples we process each year, our experience with a wide variety of makes and models of machinery, and regional and global data on wear trends.
“The content of our training courses is created using case studies and other relevant material. Scheduled courses are run in many major centres, or on-site at customers’ premises, or in a variety of alternative locations to suit customers,” Mayer says.
WearCheck’s 2014 training schedule is as follows. Oil Analysis One covers two full days and costs R4 750. Oil Analysis Two and the NetCheck course cover one full day each and each costs R2 375. Oil Analysis Three is a half-day course and costs R999.