Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to get my results for Oil analysis?

It normally takes 48 to 72 hours to get the test results. We even give the test results in 24 hours in case of urgent samples, warranty samples and failure samples.

How do I take my Oil sample?

We provide clean sampling bottles, sampling pump and tubing for proper and contamination free sampling. While drawing the sample from the Engine oil sump, drop the tubing down the dipstick hole about half way into the sump and using the sample bottle provided, take the sample till the bottle is about 90% filled, remove the bottle from the pump, put the inner, fill the sample details on the sample label provided. Paste the label on the bottle. And send the same to the laboratory for analysis.

While drawing sample from multi component system always take the sample from the last lubricated component before the filter system. Always ensure to use the same sampling point for sampling to ensure proper data analysis.

You can contact our technical team to get more information on sampling of oils.

How do I send my sample to you?

You can send the sample to us by courier / any logistics company. To be sure you need to use airtight sampling bottles (can be provided by us) and pack it in a carton to ensure there is no leakage. Once we receive the sample we will intimate the same to you via email.

If you have any problems or queries for sending the samples to the lab you contact or team at any point of time.

What format do I get my results in?

We send out the test reports in PDF format to your registered email address with our laboratory. The hard copy of the reports is sent to you within 3-4 days after the report has been emailed.

Why do I need to get Oil Analysed?

Oil Analysis is a quick and easy way of finding out how healthy your equipment is, Oil is analysed for different reasons, improving on the service intervals, extension of oil drain intervals, And the most importantly for keeping your healthy and analysis what is exactly happening inside your equipment?

Is it possible to determine if the equipment is in a good mechanical condition?

Yes of course, this is what Chem-Tech’s Oil Analysis service will provide you. Chem-TechTM will assess the wear condition at the moment of sampling and check if the equipment shows major anomalies. Also contamination of the oil which leads to equipment wear is detected.

I don’t know which testing package is right for me can I speak with someone first?

You are most welcome. You can visit the lab or call our executive for assistance. We will be more than happy to help you.

How to determine diesel fuel adulteration?

Adulteration of fuel can be due to multiple reasons. Depending on the possible type of adulteration, there are a set of tests which we conduct to confirm the adulteration of fuel.

Does my diesel fuel have the appropriate Sulphur concentration?

The grade of the fuel mainly depends on the concentration of Sulphur Content in the fuel. The concentration will determine whether the fuel is BS III , BA IV or a ULSD fuel. Higher Sulphur obtained in the fuel indicates that the fuel does not comply with regulatory specifications.

I can’t see any visual contamination… How clean is my fuel?

Particulate contamination analysis measures the cleanliness of fuel by determining the total particulate amount which is not normally visible to the naked eye. Testing of fuel for particulate contamination is conducted by ISO 4406 test or NAS Value test which determines the degree of contamination in the fuel. Higher particle count can lead to fuel filter chocking, wearing etc.

Is my fuel system clean of Moisture and microbial Contamination?

One of the common sources of contamination in diesel fuel is water. Water contamination can lead to corrosion within the fuel system. Microorganisms require water to grow and, since most microbial growth occurs at the fuel water interface, keeping fuel systems dry will greatly reduce the likelihood of microbial contamination outbreaks and its related problems. Measure your fuel’s water content to make certain your fuel is dry. One of the potential problems with microbial contamination is the increased potential for filter plugging. The waste created by microbial growth, rather than the microbes themselves, create a potential cause of premature filter plugging. If there is a known water contamination issue currently or in the past in a fuel system, a check for microbial contamination is recommended. When possible, water should be drained from tanks regularly.

Does my fuel have the appropriate viscosity?

If the viscosity is too low, fuel injection pump and injector leakage can occur. Proper viscosity affects the fuel’s ability to lubricate fuel system components and properly atomize during injection.

Does my diesel fuel have good ignition quality properties, thereby providing good cold start performance?

Cetane index is normally used to estimate the natural cetane number of diesel fuel. Note: The cetane index is not affected by cetane number improvers. Cetane number is a measure of the ignition quality of diesel fuel. Cetane number is essentially a measure of a fuel's ignition delay: the time period between the start of injection and the actual start of fuel combustion. Generally, fuels with higher cetane numbers provide a shorter ignition delay period than fuels with lower cetane numbers.

Will my fuel perform well in low temperature applications?

Measurement of low temperature operability of your fuel is done by tests like cloud point, cold filter plugging point, and pour point. The cloud point is the temperature at which the fuel begins to display a wax haze or cloud. Use of fuel at or below its cloud point may cause operability issues due to the wax crystals triggering fuel system plugging.

Is my stored fuel suitable for use?

Have an expanded analysis performed on your aged fuel to monitor the effects of long-term storage. In general, diesel fuel have adequate storage stability for normal use. For long-term storage of fuel a fuel monitoring program is an important part of a long-term storage program. Periodic sampling and analysis will provide the means by which to make important decisions regarding your aged fuel, its storage, and its suitability for continued use.

I`ve been told I have contaminated fuel, can you confirm this?

Fuel contamination often leads to faulty injectors, fuel line damage and engine failures. The root cause can be adulteration, water or bacteria within the tank or sometimes even degraded fuel. We can perform analysis to look at the depth of your problem to identify the cause.