• Portable IR Analyser Provides ASTM Method for On-site Soot Measurement of Diesel Engine Lube Oils

Portable/Field Testing

Portable IR Analyser Provides ASTM Method for On-site Soot Measurement of Diesel Engine Lube Oils

Nov 12 2013

The InfraCal Soot Meter, from Wilks (USA), provides users with an approved ASTM test method to measure the percent level of soot in diesel engine lubricating oil.  ASTM Method D7686-2011 entitled “Test Method for Field-Based Condition Monitoring of Soot in In-Service Lubricants Using a Fixed-Filter Infrared (IR) instrument” allows for easy, on-site measurements in less than 30 seconds without sample preparation using a filter-based infrared (IR) analyser.

With the InfraCal Soot Meter, rapid, on-site measurement of soot concentration levels in diesel engine oils at levels as high as 12 - 15% takes less than 30 seconds. This compact, factory-calibrated pushbutton analyzer provides direct readout of the percent of soot in diesel engine lubricating oils without sample preparation, dilution, or solvents and messy transmission cells to clean.  

Since the InfraCal Soot Meter was specifically designed for easy, on-site field testing, it represents a major time savings from thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and FT-IR methods that are impractical as field analysis methods. The Soot Meter is also significantly lower in cost and one step, pushbutton operation makes it easy to use with minimal operator training. 

A rugged, no-moving parts design ensures years of virtually maintenance-free operation with the InfraCal Soot Meter. Weighing less than 5 lbs., it operates off 12 volt d.c. power for on-site field measurements.  It is ideal for use at oil/engine testing laboratories, lubricant and additive manufacturers, and power generation stations, or for truck, bus, and off-highway equipment fleets. The InfraCal Soot Meter is Ideal for use on all types of diesel lubricating oils and engines and gives users an ASTM approved test method.

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