QinetiQ North America today announced that wholly owned subsidiary Spectro Inc. is introducing the SpectroLNF Q200, the next generation of its successful LaserNet Fines particle shape classifier and particle counter. SpectroLNF Q200 is an analytical instrument that uses a laser direct imaging technique and advanced image processing software to identify the type, rate of production and severity of mechanical faults by measuring the size distribution, rate of progression and shape features of wear debris in lubricating fluids.
SpectroLNF Q200 represents a new generation of particle shape classifiers and counters. Its enhanced features include added capability to measure dynamic viscosity, a faster CCD camera to reduce analysis times, an ergonomic sipper design, and improved maintainability.
Machine condition monitoring based on oil analysis is an accepted practice in predictive maintenance programs. Knowledge of particle generation in terms of size, quantity and the type of wear represents is a tremendous advantage in determining whether the equipment is operating correctly or needs corrective maintenance to avoid failures or costly downtime. The new option to simultaneously analyze viscosity provides another important parameter related to the fluid's ability to lubricate the mechanical system from which the sample was taken.
Lockheed Martin Tactical Defense Systems in cooperation with the Naval Research Laboratory of the Office of Naval Research (ONR) developed the SpectroLNF Q200 for Spectro as part of ONR's Accelerated Capabilities Initiative for Condition-Based Maintenance.