Modern lubricants should be designed increasingly with the purpose of remaining usable for longer. In contrast to the aim of achieving longer lifetimes, many lubricants are still being changed even when their potential is far from being fully exploited. This means that enormous potential is being destroyed every year.
However, rather than changing oils at fixed intervals, oils should be changed according to their condition. For this purpose, many machine manufacturers offer lubricant analysis kits, often as part of their spare parts ranges. The analyses not only allow oil changes to be made on a condition-dependent basis, they also allow damage to be detected at an early stage, thereby ensuring fail-safe operation of machines and systems.