Overview "A Ferrogram Maker for fast, efficient and low cost separation of wear and
contaminant particles from used lubricating oils, hydraulic fluids, greases, coolants
In today's modern power generation, manufacturing, refinery, transportation, mining,
and military operations, the cost of equipment maintenance, service, and lubricants
are ever increasing. Parts, labor, equipment downtime and lubricant prices and disposal
costs are a primary concern in a well run maintenance management program. Machine
condition monitoring based on oil analysis has become a prerequisite in comprehensive
maintenance programs. The T2FM plays a key role in such programs. It separates and
concentrates wear and contaminant particles for microscopic examination. Particle
size, surface characteristics and composition are then used to determine wear modes
inside a machine so that maintenance recommendations can be made.
T2FM stands for Thistle Tube Ferrogram Maker. The heart of the new T2FM is the glass
thistle tube. The name comes from its unique shape resembling the thistle plant.
The glass thistle tube provides a constant and efficient flow of sample onto the
substrate. The sample, after dilution, is poured directly into the top oft he thistle
tube. In seconds, the sample begins flowing across the ferrogram. The diameter and
length of the capillary section of the thistle tube control the flow rate onto the
Key features of the T2FM are:
Efficient separation of wear and contaminant particles from fluid samples
Rapid preparation of ferrogram
No deformation of particles
Separates particles up to 800 µm in size
Lower cost per sample
Uses fewer consumables
chieves cleaner rinses
Easy to operate
A rinse cycle is initiated as soon as the last of the sample has left the thistle
tube. Solvent is dripped onto the lip of the thistle tube as it is slowly rotated,
thoroughly rinsing the walls and cleaning it for the next sample.
The T2FM prepares a ferrogram more quickly than ever before. There is no delay time
as sample is pumped through plastic tubing before reaching the ferrogram surface.
Furthermore, the rinse may begin as soon as the sample leaves the thistle tube. The
T2FM delivers the entire sample, and all the particles contained therein onto the
ferrogram surface. There is also no distortion of particles since the thistle tube
concept eliminates the need for a pump.
A crystal clear rinse is obtained without fail for every ferrogram. There are no
last minute drips of oil sample onto the ferrogram leaving distracting halos around
the particles when viewed under the microscope.
Spectro Inc. is the only company dedicated exclusively to provide instrumentation,
software and applications support for machine condition monitoring through oil analysis.
Contact us for your instrumentation needs and complete turnkey systems for oil analysis.