3S3: Prescriptive oil analysis

Mark Barnes, Vice President, Des-Case Corporation


Used properly, oil analysis is an invaluable window into a plant’s lubrication practices. But all too often, the prescriptive value of oil analysis is diminished because simple activities that oil analysis may point to can’t be executed because we haven’t taken the time to establish the fundamentals of an effective lubrication program. In this session, we’ll look at the some of the common problems highlighted by oil analysis and explain how to develop lubrication policies, procedures and metrics to maximize the prescriptive value of your oil analysis program.


Mark Barnes serves as Vice President of the Des-Case Reliability Services team. In this role, Mark and his team of lubrication experts help educate end-users on the value of precision lubrication to asset reliability and provide support to help asset intensive company’s change the way they perform lubrication.

Prior to joining Des-Case, Mark was Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Noria Corporation with complete responsibility for all lubrication and oil analysis training and consulting activities. Mark has been an active consultant and educator in the maintenance and reliability field for 23 years and has worked with clients around the world to design and implement lubrication improvement plans. Mark is a frequently invited speaker at maintenance conference around the globe and has won awards for his ability to inspire companies to change the way they think, act and feel about lubrication.

Mark holds a PhD in Analytical Chemistry from The University of Southampton, UK and is a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP) from SMRP (Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals).  His list of current and former clients includes ExxonMobil, Chevron, Citgo, Cargill, International Paper, EDF, Heinz, Georgia Pacific, Coors, Southern Power, Alcoa, General Mills, Kellogg, Weyerhaeuser, Nissan and Lubrizol.