Proactive Oil Analysis

Jarrod Potteiger | Manager, Educational Services, Des Case
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Many maintenance professionals have a limited a view of oil analysis, seeing it only as a way to determine when an oil change is necessary, or to give an alert when a machine component is failing. While these are certainly valid uses for oil analysis, this practice leaves out the most important benefits. Oil analysis should be used primarily to measure the effectiveness of a precision lubrication program. The immediate goals of a precision lubrication program are to ensure that the correct lubricant is installed in each machine, and that the oil is healthy and suitably free of contaminants. Oil analysis can easily be used to identify and quantify each of these items, providing a perfect set of metrics by which to gauge effectiveness for the entire lubrication program.

Learning Takeaways:

In this webinar, participants will be introduced to the follow concepts:• Oil analysis as a tool to measure lubrication effectiveness
• Strategies for establishing optimum sampling frequencies• Data interpretation and management
• Metrics for measuring lubrication program success


Jarrod Potteiger is Director of Services and Sr. Technical Consultant for Des-Case Corporation. Jarrod has more than 20 years’ experience in the field of lubrication, contamination control and oil analysis and has trained thousands of maintenance professionals in precision lubrication. Jarrod is a trusted consultant and advisor in the area of precision lubrication for many leading manufacturers including GE, Honda Manufacturing, ALCOA, Weyerhaeuser, Nissan and many more. Jarrod and published numerous articles on the subject of precision lubrication and regularly presents workshops and papers at a variety of technical conferences including IMC, SMRP, IDCON and Marcon. Jarrod holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of South Alabama.

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Jarrod Potteiger Manager, Educational Services, Des Case

Jarrod Potteiger is Product and Educational Services Manager for Des-Case Corporation, Goodlettsville (Nashville), TN. Prior to joining Des-Case, Jarrod was a Director of Services for Noria Corporation. Jarrod has published a variety of technical articles on condition monitoring, contamination control, bearing lubrication, and lubricant consolidation. Jarrod holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of South Alabama and is a certified maintenance and reliability professional (CMRP) from SMRP (Society for Maintenance and reliability professionals).