PMWS2: Oil Analysis Report Intepretation

Evan Zabawski, TestOil


Proper report interpretation is crucial to the success of an oil analysis program; however, many users struggle to decipher the more than 40 pieces of data included on a routine report. This workshop will highlight the inefficiencies of attempting to create alarm limits while highlighting the importance of trend the data. Using the elementals spectroscopy portion of the report (wear metals, additives and contaminants), examples will be shown how the results are not always intuitive without advanced knowledge of the parameters (i.e. iron, aluminum and titanium can be found in samples, but not as wear metals or additives, but as specific contaminants).  The workshop will conclude by highlighting the simple steps to thoroughly read any oil analysis report in two minutes or less, while determining meaningful corrective actions; examples involving class participation will be used.


Evan is a Certified Lubrication Specialist. Evan has extensive experience training tradesmen and professionals in a variety of fields including: lubrication fundamentals, contamination control, condition monitoring, RCM/FMEA and used oil analysis. Evan has been a member of STLE for over 20 years, serving as Chair of the Alberta Section for 8 years, and also as an instructor of the Condition Monitoring course at STLE Annual Meetings. Currently, Evan has Editor of TLT Magazine, and have served as the Editor for The STLE Alberta Section’s Basic Handbook of Lubrication – Third Edition, and contributed as one of the editors for STLE/CRC’s Handbook of Lubrication and Tribology, Volume II: Theory and Design, Second Edition. Evan has published several technical papers and am also a member in good standing of API and ASTM.