Hytec Fluid Technology reopens oil analysis laboratory

The reopened laboratory now offers oil analysis services, helping clients achieve industry-required ISO standards.
The reopened laboratory now offers oil analysis services, helping clients achieve industry-required ISO standards.

Due to the increase in demand, Hytec Fluid Technology (HFT), a Bosch Rexroth Africa Group company, reopened its Oil Analysis Laboratory in Kempton Park, Johannesburg, on 3 January 2024 with a bolstered service offering.

The state-of-the-art laboratory caters to a range of industries where the reliability and performance of hydraulic fluids, glycols, and related substances are crucial for manufacturing and industrial facilities, power generation plants and chemical processing plants.

To further enhance the laboratory’s service offerings, it now features new technologies. These technologies include the CIX system, which assesses particle level contamination in hydraulic fluids, assisting clients in achieving industry-required ISO 4406 levels of cleanliness in their oil. Another new technology includes the X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) machine, which identifies various elements and provides detailed chemical breakdowns of materials.

“The reopening of the laboratory marks an impressive milestone for HFT and Bosch Rexroth Africa. It is equipped to assist clients in achieving optimal performance through advanced analysis techniques. The reopening reflects a continued commitment to resuming full-scale operations and contributes to meeting the industry’s demands for analysis of hydraulic fluids,” said Abigal Nel, Laboratory Analyst, HFT.

A sample bottle with a minimum volume of 100 ml is required for accurate analysis, testing, and reporting. This ensures that crucial information is relayed to the client to protect their equipment, boosting production and profitability.

Services offered include ISO Cleanliness Analysis (CIX); XRF Technology for Elemental Analysis; Crackle Tests; Karl Fischer Moisture Content Analysis; Total Acid Number (TAN) Analysis; Wear Metals Analysis; Viscosity Measurement; Refractometer for Water to Ethylene Mix (Brix ratio); and Membrane Patch Colorimetry Tests for Varnish Potential Analysis.

HFT provides total fluid management solutions to the industrial and mobile equipment markets, helping companies extend service intervals, maximise uptime and reduce the total cost of ownership of their hydraulic machinery.

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