XRF Analysis: Precise Quality Control of Lubricating Oil with the LAB-X5000 to Increase Fuel Efficiency

The need for new and innovative grades of lubricating oil has been dramatically increased by the current environmental climate, and its pressure to increase fuel efficiency and reduce harmful emissions within both automotive and industrial markets. The number one priority for lubricating oil production facilities is meeting these precise specifications for every single blend.

The industry-wide method for controlling and verifying the quantity of additives within the final blend is done using XRF analysis. Hitachi High Tech’s LAB-X5000 offers the accuracy which is needed for dependable and consistent verification of lubricating oil specification.

Precise Quality Control for Every Batch

The LAB-X5000 combines top-of-the-range detection technology with a compact, rugged design. The analyzer is designed and engineered for 24/7 use, and perfect for use in throughput testing in production facilities that have tight quality control.

Below are five advantages the LAB-X offers for your lubricating oil blend facility:

1. Offers You Confidence in Every Blend

The LAB-X has the ability to measure a wide range of elements which are added to lubricating oils. These include magnesium (Mg), phosphorous (P), sulfur (S), chlorine (Cl), calcium (Ca), zinc (Zn) and molybdenum (Mo). In addition, the equipment surpasses the precision requirements of industry standard test methods, like ASTM D6481 and D7751.

Optimized instrument parameters automatically correct for variations in oil matrices, which guarantees the user reliable results with every single blend.

2. Advanced Technology for Low Detection Limits

High accuracy and low detection limits are attained with the analyzer’s high-resolution silicon drift detector (SDD). The majority of the time, the measurements can be carried out in air: however, the LAB-X offers the option of using helium when it is vitally necessary, like when measuring low levels of magnesium in the blend. It also possesses built-in atmospheric variation compensation, which allows the analyzer to detect local changes in temperature and pressure. When these are detected, it adjusts the results accordingly. In analyzers without this feature, the results could be impacted by atmospheric changes; thanks to the LAB-X, the user gets results they can trust every time.

3. Reliable for Use Every Time

The LAB-X5000 is reliable and strong, having been carefully designed with features that prevent leaks or spillages approaching the major XRF components. For instance, the equipment possesses both a safety window and an automated turntable which moves the sample away from the detector at the close of the measurement process. The LAB-X5000 also includes an industrial-grade PC, and the design has undergone multiple robustness tests to maximize analyzer uptime.

4. Fast Results

From start to finish, the entire testing process is over in just minutes. The process is as follows: the user simply pours the oil to be tested into the sample cup, places it in the analyzer, and presses Start. The analyzer presents a full elemental analysis on the large and easy-to-read screen within a single test. Both fast and simple, this process allows you to check the composition of the oil at various production stages, which ensures your in-house blending processes are managed and under control, as well as meeting the final specification.

5. Simplifying Quality Control

SmartCheck is a feature integrated into the analyzer software. This permits the user to establish pass and fail criteria for each element to be checked, which simplifies product quality greatly. A simple ‘pass’ or ‘fail’ onscreen clarifies to the operator whether the batch passes their internal quality requirements.

This information has been sourced, reviewed and adapted from materials provided by Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science.

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