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New Generation LaserNet- C - SpectroLNF Q200
Larger Particle Analysis now measures Viscosity


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The New Generation LaserNet Fines®C (LNF-C) SpectroLNF Q
200 is a bench-top analytical tool that combines the oil analysis techniques of particle size analysis, particle counting and dynamic viscosity in one instrument. The SpectroLNF Q200 analyzes hydraulic and lubricating oil samples from various types of equipment and machinery that are part of a machine condition-monitoring program. The monitoring is based primarily on the morphological analysis and the particle size distribution of the abnormal wear particles that are created from the internal components of the machine. The operator is presented with an assessment of particles found in the fluid sample and a history of previous results for the same equipment. The SpectroLNF Q200 can be used as a stand-alone analytical instrument, or in conjunction with a full service oil analysis program.


Machine condition monitoring based on oil analysis has become an accepted practice in any well run maintenance management program. With prior knowledge of the wear metals and contaminants present in a lubricating system, it may be determined if that equipment is operating properly or if preventive maintenance is required. LaserNet Fines® combines the standard oil analysis techniques of particle counting and shape classification into a single analytical instrument. Lockheed Martin Tactical Defense Systems and Naval Research Laboratory combined space age imaging technology and neural net shape classification into the development of LaserNet Fines®. LaserNet Fines® can be used as a stand-alone analytical instrument, or in conjunction with a full service oil analysis program.


Particle Counter
LaserNet Fines® processes and stores thousands of images to obtain good counting statistics. Particles are sized directly and put into size bins of 4 - 15 µm. 15 - 25 µm. 25 - 50 µm and greater than 50 µm. The direct imaging capability of this instrument eliminates the need for calibration with a test dust, the exact particle size distribution of which itself may be questionable. Air bubbles are ignored and the laser is powerful enough to process heavily sooted (black) oils.

Sample data output screen with particle counts and number of particles according to wear mode (cutting, sliding fatigue and non-metallic)

Particle Shape Classifier
The second capability of this instrument is shape recognition of all particles greater than 20 µm by using a neural network. An algorithm is used to sort particles into many categories, "cutting, fatigue, severe sliding, non-metallic, fibers, water droplets and air bubbles". The shape recognition software also does a test for circularity so that bubbles and droplets are eliminated.

Sample data particle map output screen. Particles can be selected by wear mode and highlighted for additional size and shape data.

A powerful laser transmits a light pulse through a thin (approximately 90 µm thick) cell in which slowly flowing sample is sandwiched between two glass plates. Using magnifying optics, an image of the sample is captured by a CCD video camera and stored in computer memory. Each image is processed with a raster scan analysis to identify individual objects. The objects are then analyzed for maximum size and several shape characteristics which are used to classify particles into mechanical wear classes. Each laser pulse provides a single image frame to be analyzed, and the results of thousands of frames are combined for a complete record of the sample under study.

Sample data output screen with capability to show trends by wear mode and/or particle size ranges.

Features and Benefits
Small size and user friendly interface for shipboard or field deployment
Automatic adjustment for fluid darkness
Built-in data-base for machine condition trending
Particle count is an indication of a fluid’s cleanliness.
Data outputs include particle type identification, image maps, size trends and ISO, NAS, and NAVAIR cleanliness codes.
Algorithms to perform shape analysis, wear particle identification and machine condition assessment.
Large particles are classed by a neural network as “cutting, fatigue, severe sliding, nonmetallic, free water droplets or fibers”. Provides image maps of all particles greater than 20 µm.
Automatic adjustment for fluid darkness; sees through black diesel lubricating oils.
Built-in data-base for machine condition trending.
Magnification is set at factory. Recalibration is never required.

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