Oil, Lubricant & Fluid Condition Testing

SOCOTEC's lubrication and fluid condition testing team provides a complete condition monitoring service using industry standard accredited analytical procedures combined with an internet-based leading trend analysis software package.

Our accredited laboratories provide a complete analytical package to all industries covering engine, gearbox, hydraulic, oils, greases, transformer oils, fuels and coolants.

Testing such fluids can assess the performance and efficiency of your machinery; testing of oil can result in significant cost savings in downtime and component life extension for both transport and industry.

With access to a wide range of laboratory instrumentation, we can also provide investigative, fault diagnosis and project development support to industry. 

Our services include:

  • Chemical, physical and microbiological analysis of lubricant and fuel
  • Grease analysis – chemical and physical tests
  • Full analysis of electrical transformer oils for water content*, electric strength*, contaminants and acidity*. The condition of the transformer is analysed by dissolved gas Furans analysis
  • Provision of sample collection kits
  • Analysis of wear, additive and contaminant elements* with expert interpretation of results
  • Interpretation of results against international standards
  • Web-based time trending of asset test results with 24/7 access and email alerts

(*UKAS accredited methods. A listing of SOCOTEC's UKAS accredited activities can be found in our schedule of accreditation - Testing Laboratory 0001)

This enables the storage and analysis of asset and component condition over time (or by meter) and provides the information to make informed maintenance decisions.

Fluid Analysis and Condition Monitoring

SOCOTEC is an experienced and accredited provider of oil analysis. With accredited testing facilities for transformer oils, lubricating oils and greases, our specialist team ensure the safe and cost effective performance of the equipment in question. This in turn prevents untimely failures, minimises long-term maintenance costs, enhances component life, reduces oil costs and maximizes safety of equipment.

Specialists with over 40 years’ experience are able to give full advice and technical support whilst delivering a high quality service, all at a competitive price, to reduce down-time and maximise the efficiency of your equipment.

Our complete oil condition monitoring programme includes project management, quality testing and sophisticated Internet reporting packages with data trend monitoring, all supported with impartial and practical advice.


As well as emailed test reports, accurate and reliable data can be accessed 24/7 using unique software for monitoring results so you can effectively manage actions, generate instructions, and make document changes etc. in one location. This results in cost savings through: less admin time, less admin paperwork, no fleet spreadsheets. Asset test reports and trended data/information can be viewed in and exported directly from the software when a hard copy is needed. Interpretation of analytical results is the critical stage in the oil condition monitoring process. Our experience allows us to provide expert interpretation of results in order to detect trends and provide critical advice to customers before problems arise.

Web Based Asset Management

Our web based asset management enables us to provide fleet and equipment profiling limit and wear rates, and the incorporation of other data. For example customers’ own vibrational report and interface capabilities including work orders, oil changes, bearing changes etc. These events are viewed directly on the trend graphs.

This means users can receive and have quick and easy access to results – enabling faster detection of problems and reducing down-time due to possible breakdowns.


For more information, please contact us.