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How to Perform a Ferrous Wear Test for Oil Samples

How to Perform a Ferrous Wear Test - Gear and lubrication - Parker KittiwakeDo you need to detect ferrous wear particles in machinery? Are you working remotely, onboard a vessel, or onsite in a less than ideal environment? Ferrous wear meters allow users to measure ferrous wear debris in oil samples for condition monitoring in both marine engines and lubricated machinery.

 

Detecting metal particles

The Parker Ferrous Wear Meter (FWM) is a simple, easy-to-use instrument that provides accurate, reliable detection of metal particles in oil samples taken from a variety of types of machinery, including used cylinder scrape down oil, gearboxes and bearings. Monitoring of ferrous wear levels with your oil samples on an ongoing basis allows any deterioration in machine condition to be quickly spotted and corrective action taken, saving you downtime and money, and preventing more serious damage occurring. This versatile unit is ideal for testing and analysing oil samples on-site, on-board or in remote locations where full laboratory analysis is not possible.

Features include: 

  • Suitable for testing on-board, on-site or in remote locations.
  • Simple, easy to operate instrument requiring minimal training.
  • Direct reading in PPM on the LCD screen. 

 

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The FWM is constructed using a sophisticated magnetometer adapted for field applications. A 5-millilitre test tube, filled with the sample, is placed directly in the hole in the instrument and its metallic content, in PPM, is displayed on the screen in less than 2 seconds. 

By taking ferrous wear measurements over time, any increase in wear levels can be monitored and appropriate actions taken to mitigate any damage. Machinery degradation can be observed as it happens and machines serviced as and when they need to be, rather than on a time or hours of operation basis, saving costs and manpower.

 

 

 

Performing a ferrous wear test

 

How to Perform a Ferrous Wear Test - Performing a ferrous wear test - Parker Kittiwake

Each ferrous wear meter is supplied with three check standards to verify the product on a regular basis. In this example, 
the 972 - 922 PPM ferrous content sample is being used. 

 

 

 

 

Step 1

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As per the on-screen instructions, insert the sample into the FWM for approximately one second, then remove. The result will be displayed on the screen for comparison against the check standard.

 

 

 

 

Step 2

How to Perform a Ferrous Wear Test - Performing a ferrous wear test step 2 - Parker KittiwakeBegin by agitating your oil sample for approximately 30 seconds. Fill a 5-millilitre test tube to within 5-millimetres of the top with your oil sample. For each test, use a new test tube.

 

 

 

 

Step 3

How to Perform a Ferrous Wear Test - Performing a ferrous wear test step 3 - Parker KittiwakeInsert the oil sample into the ferrous wear meter for approximately 1 second. Then remove. 


 

 

 

 

 

Step 4

How to Perform a Ferrous Wear Test for Oil Samples - Step 4 Results - Parker KittiwakeThe results will display shortly after removal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch this step by step video for complete instructions:

 

 

 

How to Perform a Ferrous Wear Test - FWM data sheet - Parker KittiwakeTo learn more about the Parker Ferrous Wear Meter, download our datasheet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please visit our Hydraulic and Industrial Process Filtration Division EMEA for additional information.

 

This post was contributed by the Hydraulic Filtration Team.

 

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