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INSIDE CLEVER MINDS AT THE LAB IN POLAND Having a production plant in Ostrowiec, Poland brings MOTOREX geographically closer to important markets in the north and east of Europe. The professional staff in the modern analysis lab are an important part of the quality assurance process. Now the lab also analyzes customer samples for European customers. OSTROWIEC Warsaw The plant in Poland features state-of-the-art equipment and reflects MOTOREX’s high production standards. Producing top-quality lubricants means ensuring a seamless process from delivery of raw materials through the final product down to disposal of used lubricant. The lab, specifically designed for lubricant production and ISO 9001-certified for the engine, transmission, and hydraulic oil product categories, is a key element. PRECISION ANALYSES With proprietary infrastructure, a trained staff and, when needed, direct communication with the MOTOREX R & D department in Langenthal, the lab carries out a wide range of physical and chemical tests (see table). Recently the facility in Poland also began testing customer samples. Information of interest includes water and soot content, contamination with fuel or other fluids, oxidation, and corrosion. Measuring the elemental content of an oil sample allows inferences about the condition and functioning of the machine. Coupled with durability-oriented quality, this helps maximize the economy and sustainability of operations. CLEVER MINDS AT WORK All employees have a master’s degree and a university diploma in chemistry. In addition, they keep on learn- 22

The plant in Ostrowiec, Poland is designed according to the latest production, energy, and environmental standards. However automated analytics may be, specialists will always be needed to carry out evaluations. Weighing a sample for subsequent determination of elemental content via X-ray fluorescence analysis. The atomic emission spectrometer (AES) can be used to investigate lubricants for wear elements such as iron and zinc. EQUIPMENT AND ANALYSES EQUIPMENT ANALYSIS Viscosimeter Dynamic/kinematic measurement of viscosity at 40 °C and 100 °C IR spectrum (infrared spectroscopy) Determination of identity and divergence from reference values, analysis of lubricant composition RFA spectroscopy Determination of additive elemental content of oils Karl Fischer titrometer Water content of lubricants pH titration Measurement of acidic components AES spectroscopy Determination of wear elements (e.g. iron, copper) in used oil Pour point test device Determination of low-temperature solidification point of oil Cloud point test device Determination of low-temperature properties based on cloud point Refractometer Digital measurement of refractive index and concentration Density measurement Measurement of density, concentration, and related values Purity class Particulate contamination through wear and foreign matter Demulsification Determination of separation characteristics of oils For explanations of technical terms, see also, Tribology ing by attending advanced programs and courses to continually develop their skills. The lab staff are certified to perform internal audits. INTELLIGIBLE FEEDBACK The results of laboratory analyses of customer samples are interpreted by lubricant specialists and then shared with the customer in plain language. In a dialog with the MOTOREX Technical Customer Service or local partner, the customer learns exactly what actions, if any, are required. This benefit is part of every MOTOREX product. • MOTOREX MAGAZINE 121 I SEPTEMBER 2021 23



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