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Workshop Stream 10 Oil Analysis

Best Practices for Oil Sampling

Lecturer: Martin Willamson  


What the workshop is all about:

In this workshop you will learn about how to approach sampling for your oil analysis programme from the perspective of best practice and how to avoid the common errors that lead to false alarms and unnecessary follow up effort.  The workshop will start by looking first at the objectives of sampling within an oil analysis programme, followed by the approach to establishing the appropriate frequencies for sampling, and follow up on identifying the correct sampling locations.  This will then be followed on how to modify your assets to allow for the sampling, and guidance will be given on the health and safety aspects of sampling.

Who will benefit:

Anyone thinking of starting or even already running an oil analysis programme on site such as reliability engineers, maintenance engineers, operations management, technicians and condition monitoring practitioners.

What you will take away from this:

A better understanding of how to approach sampling for greater confidence in your oil analysis programme.



Martin Williamson

Martin Williamson is a graduate Mechanical Engineer from the University of Cape Town and began his maintenance career working in the mining industry. This experience included condition monitoring with a focus on oil analysis and Tribology. In 1994, Martin joined Pall Filtration in the UK and provided technical support on their contamination monitoring instruments to clients in a variety of industries. He later joined Entek IRD to work in product management of their oil analysis tools and software, as well as providing a technical support role including training on oil analysis to international clients.


For the last 21 years, he has been presenting training classes and undertaking consulting projects on an international level on behalf of Noria Corp and other key clients such as BP, Dow Corning, Marathon Oil and Cargill. He attained his CMRP (Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional) status with SMRP (Society for Maintenance & Reliability Professionals) and has been involved with ICML (International Council for Machinery Lubrication) being MLE, MLAIII and MLTII certified, as well as working on various related ISO working groups. Martin is currently managing director of KEW Engineering Ltd (established in 2005) and a co-Director of Uptime1O1 Pte. Ltd (established in 2020).

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