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Fluid Analysis Program

Productivity Solutions

Ultimately, our goal is the same as yours — to keep your plant running smoothly and efficiently so that you become as productive, competitive and profitable as possible. We offer a “fully integrated” solutions approach rather than a simple, one-dimensional response to any given fluid power problem.

As much as 90% of hydraulic system failures can be attributed to contaminated fluids, which often results in unanticipated downtime. Kaman Fluid Power Oil Analysis can detect equipment failures in progress and point you straight to the root cause of problems, enabling you to prevent catastrophic shutdowns and costly losses in production.

It is a preventive maintenance tool that provides a picture of both the condition of the oil and the internal condition of a component or system without disassembly. Being able to see exactly what’s happening inside a gearbox, transmission or hydraulic system enables you to:

  • Extend oil drain intervals — Monitoring the condition of the oil optimizes drain intervals so that you get the most out of the fluid you’re paying for. Fewer oil changes minimizes maintenance costs and maximizes uptime.
  • Extend equipment life — Monitoring system cleanliness and filtration efficiency allows you to keep your equipment longer and significantly reduce replacement costs.
  • Identify minor problems before they become major failures — State-of-the-art fluid analysis identifies dirt, wear particles and other contaminants that can cause catastrophic failure or significantly shorten equipment life.
  • Maximize asset reliability — Testing and analysis ensures that units are up, running and making money.

High-Quality Testing

The Kaman Fluid Power Fluid Analysis Program utilizes an ISO 17025 A2LA accredited testing laboratory. This is the highest level of quality attainable by a testing laboratory backed by the most stringent accrediting body in the industry. You can be confident that the results you receive are accurate, repeatable and traceable to a standard and that your fluid analysis program is supported by a documented quality system you can depend on to deliver superior testing and customer services.

Innovative Reporting Solutions

Kaman Fluid Power’s online reporting software, HORIZON™, will show you how to get the most from your information. Results are accessible through HORIZON™ online almost immediately after sample processing is complete with management reports that will allow you to affect positive change in your daily maintenance practices.

Kaman Fluid Power Oil Analysis will show you how regular sampling and TREND ANALYSIS — monitoring test data over an extended period of time — will provide the information you need to continually maximize asset reliability and ultimately, increase company profits.

Fluid Analysis Program Applications

  • Engines

    Routinely monitoring a Diesel Engine oil’s viscosity, as well as its ability to neutralize acids and disperse and suspend soot particles produced during combustion, can indicate whether or not anti-wear additive and dispersant/detergent levels are providing sufficient engine protection. Monitor both unit and fluid for wear and contamination. Total Base Number will determine if oil is suitable for continued use.


    Hydraulic Systems operate under extremely close tolerances demanding regular monitoring for fluid cleanliness. Water is typically the biggest concern because it accelerates acid formation, increases oxidation and reduces lubricity — all can lead to system failure.

  • Fluid Analysis Program

  • Water contamination testing through use of Crackle and Karl Fischer process provides a precise measurement of how much water is present in the fluid
  • Particle Count can detect potential wear-causing dirt and contaminants early enough to take action

    Gearboxes and Power Transmissions

    Gearboxes and Power Transmissions should be closely monitored for dirt and water contamination, although the type of wear occurring is usually the biggest concern.

  • Particle Quantifying screens samples for ferrous wear


    Compressors may not be the most expensive equipment to replace but are often the most critical to production.

  • Replacement parts may be difficult to obtain
  • Valuable time and money are lost in unscheduled downtime
  • Adding particle count to routine preventive maintenance testing can predict component failure and give you back control of your production schedules


    Turbine reliability is always critical and oil changes or failure always expensive.

  • Extreme operating tolerances demand clean fluids
  • Routine trend analysis is crucial to predictive turbine maintenance — even subtle changes can indicate impending failure
  • Combining Analytical Ferrography with routine monthly testing qualifies the type of wear occurring as well as the source

Online Preventive Maintenance Management

  • Engines

    Kaman Fluid Power’s online reporting tool — HORIZON — is fast, bringing you test results almost immediately after processing is complete. HORIZON Management Reports allow you to affect positive changes in your daily maintenance practices by keeping sampling on track, identifying bottlenecks in turnaround time that are costing you money and summarizing unit problems that could influence future purchasing decisions. And control over an extensive host of personal application settings and preferences gives you the power to put the information you need most in front of you first.

    To create a HORIZON fluid analysis account, call Kaman Fluid Power Fluid Analysis Technical Support at 1-888-699-3775.

    Login to Your Horizon Account
  • Horizon Analysis