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Municipalities

Overview

Cities and towns are often responsible for maintaining critical assets such as water and wastewater treatment facilities and power generation plants. Oil analysis of this critical equipment as part of a robust maintenance program is a very cost-effective way of failure avoidance. Additionally, greater emphasis on environmental conservation and a focus on delivering critical services while operating under reduced budgets leads municipalities to activate these programs. Crea fluid analysis solutions are used by many councils and municipalities to monitor treatment plant gearboxes and backup diesel generators to avoid costly lubrication mix-ups.

  • Examples of equipment monitored:
  • Emergency Backup generators
  • Wastewater pumps and gearboxes
  • Pump station air compressors
  • Power plants

In addition to oil analysis, municipalities often need to measure FOG for industrial wastewater and water entering public water treatment plants. Cea Laboratory Technologies offers this simplified procedure for monitoring FOG discharges to help customers avoid fines or regulators to catch high FOG discharges that can result in sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs). In most cases, treatment plants are forced to wait for days or even weeks before receiving off-site laboratory results. Now, they can have results in minutes.

Challenges

Municipal water and wastewater plants, along with other municipal services typically run on a very tight budget. The costs of laboratory oil analysis and changing oil in expensive equipment can be quite large. Bringing oil analysis in house cuts down on testing costs. It also enables extending the drain interval on oil changes for expensive pieces of equipment. Without frequent testing, most municipalities change the oil on a time-based schedule according to the OEM’s recommendations. This can lead to more frequent oil changes than necessary. On-site testing allows you to change the oil only when necessary, saving on operating expenses without sacrificing reliability.

FOG – It’s difficult to monitor a waste stream for regulatory compliance if you must wait days or weeks to receive test results from a laboratory. With the InfraCal2, a sample can be taken and tested in just a few minutes to get results in a timely manner.

The InfraCal 2 Analyzer is a compact, lightweight and battery operated, making it an ideal solution for operating in the range of ambient conditions typically found in field environments. The measurement by infrared absorption makes use of the fact that hydrocarbons such as fats, oils, and grease are extracted from wastewater or soil through the use of an appropriate solvent.

Typical Tests

Wear

Particle Count

A high particle count or a rapid increase in particles can foreshadow an imminent failure.

Particle Composition

It is often important to understand the elemental composition of particles in order to find out where they came from. Optical Emission Spectroscopy gives the user elemental information for up to 32 elements, from Li to Ce (varies with application).

Particle Type

The size, shape and opacity of particles is used to determine if they are from cutting wear, sliding wear, fatigue wear, nonmetallic or fibers. This allows operators to determine the type of wear debris, wear mode and potential source from internal machinery components.

Ferrous Wear

Ferrous wear measurement is a critical requirement for monitoring machine condition. The high sensitivity magnetometer measures and reports ferrous content in ppm/ml and provides ferrous particle count and size distribution for large ferrous particles.

Chemistry

Viscosity

The main function of lubrication oil is to create and maintain a lubrication film between two moving metal surfaces. Ensuring the viscosity is within recommended ranges is one of the most important tests one can run on lube oil.

Total Acid Number (TAN)

TAN is measured to determine the corrosive potential of lubrication oils. If the TAN gets too high the oil can induce corrosion of machine parts and should be changed.

Contamination

Water

Water contamination in industrial oils can cause severe issues with machinery components. The presence of water can alter the viscosity of a lubricant as well as cause chemical changes resulting in additive depletion and the formation of acids, sludge, and varnish.

Fog

  • Comparable to EPA 1664
  • Complies with ASTM D7066
  • Operable from vehicle for on-site compliance testing
  • Test industrial wastewater before releasing
  • Provides on-site results in under 15 minutes

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