• Don’t Fear Nuclear Power!

    Since the very first nuclear power plant came on line almost sixty years ago in Russia, experts and politicians have argued its relative value to humanity. As in any highly politicized scientific breakthrough, many misnomers have been spread to discredit nuclear power. What we do know for sure, what science has proven, shines an often ignored positive light on the entire concept of nuclear energy. The experts at one of our favorite organizations, the Nuclear Literacy Project, do a great job of cutting through the noise and getting to the facts. Some of these pluses include:
    • In a world ravaged by carbon-based fuels, nuclear energy is the largest source of carbon-free electricity in America
    • Many people blow the fear of radioactivity out of proportion! Ordinary things like rocks, bananas, and even the human body all contain natural radioactivity.
    • There are 104 commercial nuclear reactors in the U.S. running safely and efficiently providing 20% of our electricity
    • Did you know that it takes one ton of dirty and dangerous coal to make the same amount of energy as one pellet the size of an eraser of nuclear fuel?
    Of course there are many more reasons why nuclear power is necessary to safely and cost-effectively remove our dependency on carbon-based fuels. To learn more you can always contact us at SGS Herguth, or you can visit the website of our friends at the Nuclear Literacy Project today.  The bottom line is that nuclear power is nothing to be afraid of; in fact it just might be the answer to all of our future power needs.

  • An Advanced Biofuel for your Diesel Engine

    As many industries in North America dedicate research and engineering to developing new fuels and energy sources, you may begin hearing more about biodiesel. Biodiesel is an advanced biofuel that burns clean and is produced from domestic, renewable resources. It was developed to replace traditional diesel gasoline, in turn reducing dependence on imported oil and diesel. There is not one single formula to produce biodiesel, in fact it  is “made from an increasingly diverse mix of resources including agricultural oils, recycled cooking oil and animal fats and meets the strict specifications of ASTM D6751.” These renewable resources are carefully processed to make up the first biofuel to reach 1 billion gallons of annual production. But perhaps one of the greatest characteristics of biodiesel is that it can be used in existing diesel engines without modification. It is even covered by all major engine manufacturers’ warranties. The biodiesel production industry hopes to be fueling roughly 10 percent of the diesel transportation market by 2022, and add to the already existing 200 biodiesel plants across the country. The innovative fuel already employs more than 62,000 people and has the capacity to support many more as the transportation industry more widely adopts it. According to the EPA, biodiesel reduces greenhouse gas emissions between 57 and 86 percent when compared to petroleum diesel. It is also much more cost effective and greatly reduces one of the most dangerous pollutants- tailpipe exhausts. Additionally, it is the only alternative fuel to have completed the health effects testing requirements of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments and is less toxic than table salt. To learn more about this exciting new fuel, visit www.biodiesel.org or call one of SGS Herguth’s experts!

  • Understanding Physical Properties Testing

    As we’ve discussed in previous blogs, proper testing and analysis can save your equipment, your time, and your money. In addition to Metals & Wear Particle Analysis, Physical Properties Testing is a great way to determine the health of your machinery. There are a broad range of tests that can detect the physical properties of your oil: -Acid Number: Engine oils without an excess of detergent-dispersant additives are tested for an acid number to determine the degradation of the oil from any ingested acids during service. A used oil sample is tested against a new oil sample to determine the level of contamination and the base oil acid number. Depending on the severity of service and acid number level, it may be more important to monitor small changes in the number. -Base Number: It’s important to test diesel engines, gasoline engines, and natural gas engines that use a high ash oil for a base number. This test is performed with samples of used and new oil to evaluate the activity level of oils in the additive package. Two tests are typically used to determine a base number: ASTM D-2896 and ASTM D-664. -Water Content: The Karl Fischer Method, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrophotometry, and the Crackle Test are used to determine the water content in a sample. -Fuel Dilution: These tests help evaluate the combustion process in an engine and detect any raw fuel that may have found its way into the oil through leaks in lines, pumps, injector nozzles, carburetors, and fuel management systems. Infrared Spectrophotometry is typically used to decide fuel dilution. -Solid & Semi-Solid Contamination: Diesel, natural gas, and gasoline engine oils are subjected to severe environmental conditions so they are made to withstand more contamination than a typical lubricant. This is why it is important to determine if contamination is from soot or oil degradation. Infrared Spectrophotometry is used in this case, too.  In turbines, hydraulics, compressors, and gears a Centrifuge test is used to determine gross contamination. -Glycol/Antifreeze: Using FT-IR, new oil and used oil are compared to determine glycol and antifreeze contamination. -Viscosity: Proper viscosity is the most important criteria of a lubricating oil and is what the performance of the machinery is based off of. Testing is based off of three different classifications and improper viscosity can lead to catastrophic machine failure. As you can see-Metals, Wear & Physical Property Testing can all together provide you with the big picture of your equipment and oils.

  • Metals/Wear Particles Analysis

    Condition Monitoring is imperative to proper machine functioning. The oils and lubricants in your machines constantly pick up particles, additives, and contaminants as they course through the parts and gears. If enough of them accumulate, you could be looking at expensive maintenance or full replacement. That’s why proper Metals Analysis and Wear Particles Analysis are needed to accurately evaluate the condition of your oil. A Spectrometer is the typical tool used to identify unwanted wear metals in lubricants. The sample is ionized in a control chamber which causes each element to emit its own characteristic wavelength of light, thus making it easy to identify with a photomultiplier tube and a computer which elements have contaminated the lubricant. This method can be somewhat difficult at times due to the need for particle size consistency. Wear Particle Analysis is a non-intrusive examination of the oil-wetted parts of a machine in order to determine important information about the machine as a whole. The shape, composition, size, distribution, and concentration of particles in the machine lubricant can sufficiently determine abnormal wearing and basic operating wear mode to detect imminent machine issues. Machines can wear in a variety of ways:
    • Rubbing wear- Normal, benign wear as the result of typical sliding
    • Severe sliding wear- Deformations caused by excessive loads or weight bearing
    • Cutting wear- When one surface penetrates another
    • Rolling Element Fatigue- Wear found at rolling contact points
    • Red oxides- Can be rust or free metal core depositing into the lubricant
    • Corrosive wear- Caused by acids, additives, and water
    • Inorganic Contamination- Dust, dirt, salts, gasket particles, asbestos, etc.
    • Organic Contamination- Skin, filter material, paper, microorganisms, etc.
    In addition to understanding Metals/Wear Analysis, knowledge of Physical Properties in Condition monitoring is essential. Stay tuned for our next blog to learn more!

  • Why Perform Oil Analysis?

    If a person isn’t feeling well, he or she can go to the doctor, who will run tests to find out what is wrong. But how do you tell if there is an underlying problem with your machine? This is where oil analysis comes in handy. Oil analysis is a non-destructive way to gauge the health of your machines and/or engines. For more than 50 years, manufacturers and machine shops have been using oil analysis to test the wear and tear of their machines to ensure that they are performing to the best of their ability. There are a number of ways to test the oil in a machine or engine. Generally, laboratories evaluate the condition of the fluid, the level of contamination, and the make-up of the fluid components. Many of the various testing procedures are quick and painless, but can tell you a lot about the condition of your machines. One way to test a machine lubricant is to compare a sample against a “virgin” lubricant that has never been used. This helps determine if the oil sample still has adequate lubrication levels to be effective within the machine. A sample can also be observed in a Flash Point test where it is heated to the point of known ignition. If the sample ignites below the temperature that it is supposed to, then it is known to be contaminated. Often, fuel is found in oil samples and can be dangerous. In addition to comparison testing, oil can also be analyzed for leftover metal particles, which indicate poor condition of the wearing parts of an engine or machine. All of this information is helpful because it points out potential issues, determines suitable oil change intervals, and alerts you to impending equipment failure. Properly conducted oil analysis will help extend the life of your equipment and reduce maintenance costs. Why wait until your equipment fails or needs costly repairs? Perform an oil analysis now to gauge the effectiveness of your machinery and nip any expensive problems in the bud.

  • Lubrication: The Key to Making Bullet Trains Run Smoothly

    High-speed bullet trains are making their way to the U.S. as the California High-Speed Rail Authority begins their plan to construct rails between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The average speed of the trains are expected to reach 180 miles per hour, which will drastically cut travel time. Bullet trains also help reduce gas emissions since the energy used per person is a fraction of what’s used in a plane and automobile with one person. The project will also create thousands of jobs and will help stimulate the Californian economy. With all of these benefits at stake, it is important that the trains run flawlessly. Luckily for the California High-Speed Rail Authority, China implemented a bullet train railroad system recently and there is plenty to learn from their experience. One of the most important lessons learned from China’s Star Bullet Train project was how important it is to pick the right lubrication. During the testing process, they found that the motor bearings overheated and could not handle speeds above 100 miles an hour. They realized that the problem wasn’t the motor, it was the grease that lubricated the bearings. They were using a grease thickener which was not the proper lubrication for the bearings since the thickener separated from the oil once it reached 500˚ F.  They tested various forms of grease until they discovered synthetic aluminum complex grease, which helped lower the bearing temperature and stopped the overheating problem. The new lubrication also kept the bearings in great condition, which ultimately saved costs since they needed to be changed less often than predicted.  By realizing the significance of lubrication, the Star Bullet Train team was able to make the trains run smoothly.

  • The Answer is Blowing in the Wind: Part 2

    Congratulations to the U.S. wind energy industry! It had its strongest year ever in 2012 -- installing a record 13,124 megawatts (MW) of electric generating capacity, and achieving over 60,000 MW of cumulative wind capacity and therefore putting more workers back into the work force. The American wind power industry is creating even more jobs and investment in 2013. During its historic year of achievement, wind energy became the number one source of new U.S. electric generating capacity, providing some 42 percent of all new generating capacity. So, after investing $25 billion of private capital into the U.S. economy last year, the wind industry is poised to drive investment into more local communities and support continued manufacturing jobs. The U.S. wind industry generates tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of economic activity. For example, new projects provide local taxes, (or payments in lieu of taxes) that strengthen the economy of rural communities by providing income to farmers who allow wind turbines on their land. Communities often receive financial incentives or other support to encourage development. The five-year forecast projects continued growth. Over the past five years the average growth in new installations has been 27.6 percent each year. More than 200 gigawatts (GW) of new wind power capacity could come on line before the end of 2013. Because Texas is the state that uses the most electricity and relies on wind energy for approximately 9.2 percent of the electrical generation on the power grid, recent industry projects in Texas are widely seen as important sources of new mechanical and electrical engineering jobs. More workers are being hired at tower manufacturing plants and blade factories in Colorado, while a northern Nebraska energy company has made a $350 million capital investment that could create as many as 300 construction jobs. Both Minnesota and North Dakota have large wind farm developments in the works, too. The geographic diversity and abundance of American wind installations is a reflection of strong U.S. wind resources that will only continue to grow and add jobs to the economy. Currently, 25 states have enough wind potential to supply as much electricity as is currently generated from all other energy sources combined in their state.

  • The Answer is Blowing in the Wind: Part 1

    Using wind power is nothing new. Sailing vessels have been harnessing the power of the wind for thousands of years. In fact, the earliest known wind-driven mechanism is the windwheel that Greek engineer Heron of Alexandria used to power a machine in the 1st century A.D. Iran was using windmills by the 9th century. By 1000 A.D., windmills were in widespread use across the Middle East, Central Asia, China and India… and were used for salt-making, grinding flour, draining land, and building. Early immigrants to America brought the technology with them. Now, wind energy is on the upswing – globally, as well as here in the United States. Because wind is a clean source of renewable energy with no air or water pollution – plus: wind is free -- operational costs are nearly zero once a turbine is erected. The largest wind turbines generate enough electricity to supply roughly 600 homes! The US wind energy industry experienced record-breaking growth in 2012 as a U.S. power provider. American wind power's generation shot up 17 percent last year, and produced more than 10 percent of the electricity in nine states, up from five states in 2011. Those numbers are likely to continue growing as new investments and wind projects are announced. Across the country, wind energy produced 3.5 percent of the nation's electricity during 2012, according to latest figures. In a total of 14 individual states, wind energy currently provides 5 percent or more of generation. Industry experts predict that if this pace of growth continues, by 2050 the answer to one third of the world's electricity needs will be found blowing in the wind. (Apologies to Bob Dylan)

  • Shelter from the Storm: Safeguarding American Machinery from Wear and Tear

    There are machines in this country that run continuously day and night for years on end. Blast furnaces, power plants, oil refineries, continuous processors, continuous steel casting operations, chemical plants, pulp and paper mills, rotary kilns, and synthetic fiber production: all of these items are subject to strenuous operation 24/7 with no finish line in sight. Indeed, there are certain behemoth blast furnaces still in full operation in America that were built in the mid to late 1940s. For those uninitiated into the finer points of oil analysis and proper mechanical lubrication, it’s not an unreasonable question to ask: how can this machinery keep “rumbling along”? When the metal surface of a long-running machine or machine component starts to show signs of wear and tear there are various – oftentimes multiple– reasons why this is the case. Metal bearings, for instance, can suffer from anything ranging from fretting, abrasion, corrosion, and electro-corrosion. These are just four common examples with their own interrelated causes. Here’s a quick breakdown of these types of metallic “fatigue” found frequently in components:
    1. Fretting: This type of surface damage most frequently occurs in the bearings of industrial machinery and/or automobiles, and is caused by overextended vibrations or oscillatory abuse. Once the surface of the metal gets exposed, fretting opens the way for oxidation within the untreated metal lying beneath the surface.
    2. Abrasion: When two opposing surfaces periodically or continuously grind against each other, scrapes, skid-marks, and other types of scouring are sure to follow, especially if the grind-action is rapid and repeated. Using oil lubricant that possesses greater viscosity and is free of abrasive particles is a great means to keep surfaces from “running aground” against one another.
    3. Corrosion: Frequently found in all kinds of metals, corrosion is one of the leading costs of industrial upkeep in this country. A 2002 study revealed that the direct impact of corrosion on American infrastructure and mechanized upkeep in 1998 was a cool $276 billion (or 3.2% of the nation’s GDP at the time). A way to eliminate corrosion of metals is to apply fresh lubrication oil that’s specifically geared towards the metal or alloy in question: that way the rust belt never starts creeping in.
    4. Electro-corrosion: Certain metals or metallic compounds, when exposed to water or some other such electrically conducive fluid charged with low-amp currents, have a nasty habit of beginning to dissolve. You might often see black spots erupting across a particular expanse of metal, or frayed edges that, if tested, would prove acidic. One of the best strategies when fighting this kind of corrosion is to apply specialized, treated lubricants and/or hydraulic fluids that aren’t so electrically conductive. The metallic surface in question resists dissolution that much more effectively as a result.
    We at Herguth provide tests and lab analyses for all these types of potential wear and corrosion in your machine components. Our testing is quick, efficient, and bound to produce accurate diagnoses when brought in for lab-work. Herguth looks forward to helping you prevent these types of damage, and more, through our meticulous and thoroughgoing procedures.

  • Restoring American Manufacturing, Machine by Machine

    It is an un-contentious, non-partisan fact that this year America woke to the pressing need to retain its manufacturing sector on its own soil. While the vicissitudes and fluxes of the global economy need to be acknowledged, and American CEOs and workers alike must contend with the unavoidable conclusion that some of our domestic manufacturing sector has forever been outsourced to cheaper labor pools, that being said: there’s room for improvement. America’s manufacturing sector still accounts for some 12+ million jobs throughout the 50 States, and is still a neck-and-neck contender with China’s much-touted manufacturing sector. Despite years of off-shoring and industrial neglect, we’re still a proud contender for the “Olympic gold” when it comes to sheer production. A number of schemes have been launched by government and private industry to retain and re-grow America’s industrial sector. We leave it to the Fortune 500 execs, politicians, and pundits to sort through the dust and details when it comes to which initiatives could work, and which couldn’t. What we do know is this: our ISO-certified lubricant analysis of manufacturing plants is bar-none the best and most comprehensive service offered in the United States. We can analyze the nuts and bolts – the gears, pumps, blowers, fans, compressors, and bearings – that keep America’s high-tech manufacturing capabilities sharp and competitive. Our diagnoses for applications as diverse as hydraulics and turbines, refrigeration compressors and diesel engines, includes testing for viscosity, total acid number, particle count, spectrochemical analysis, and total solids in whatever the machinery. The turnaround times in our laboratories frequently rival the turnaround times for today’s modern industrial production runs. So long as there’s machinery in America, there will be the risk of physical corrosion. Our tests and practices help isolate which types of physical corrosions machinery might be falling prey to. All types of physical wear-and-tear fall under our aegis and expertise. If you happen to be one of America’s twelve million manufacturing workers, know that you are in our thoughts and prayers in helping America reclaim its industrial might. And know that we are here to be of service to you.

  • Nuclear Clean-Up in the Wake of Storms and Natural Disasters

    Simply put, it was the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986: the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster of early 2011. When a powerful earthquake and flood devastated one of Japan’s premier high-tech nuclear energy plants, the resulting radioactivity released into the atmosphere made the countryside and sea surrounding the site more-or-less uninhabitable. The physical, infrastructural, and psychological aftereffects are still being reckoned with to this day, and will have to be contended with for the foreseeable future. But what made the Fukushima disaster even more tragic perhaps was that the nuclear plant in question performed remarkably well when faced against the powerful temblor. When the quake struck, each nuclear reactor automatically shut down upon as anticipated. Likewise, each emergency generator came online to relay cool air throughout the electronic and coolant systems just as it had been designed.  Unfortunately, the tsunami triggered by the earthquake bounded across the land and flooded the low-lying emergency management systems at the plant, short-circuiting them and rendering the reactors susceptible to looming meltdown. It took a direct order from the Japanese national government to flood the plants with seawater (thereby destroying them for all future use) in order to insure no further damage from overheated fuel rods at the plant would occur. Needless to say, the cleanup effort in the wake of this disaster has been remarkable in scale and cost. American nuclear plants shouldn’t fool themselves into believing themselves immune to such natural occurrences. As Hurricane sandy recently demonstrated, New Jersey’s Oyster Point nuclear reactor was threatened for a moment with the possibility of similar flooding. One doesn’t have to imagine the specifics of any hypothetical result, since the floodwaters receded quickly, and the reactor was never in serious danger. But bad things could have happened. The water in one of the Fukushima reactors was measured as generating 1,000 milliserverts per hour, whereas nuclear workers aren’t permitted doses of more than 20 milliserverts per year. In short, knock on wood. In the event of a similar disaster occurring in the United States, technicians and engineers at Herguth Laboratories could provide hydraulic and turbine analyses of a nuclear reactor that would take into consideration such variables as total acid number, viscosity, and particle count; as well as water and spectrochemical analyses for up to 21 distinct elements. Japan faces upwards of a decade of environmental cleanup in the wake of Fukushima. In the event that such a thing were to happen here domestically, the costs would be staggering, but an initial accurate analysis of the situation could prove essential in terms of making those costs rise even further. Our ANSI N45.2 Quality Assurance Program ISO 9001-certified company is there to help maintain your plant both in its humdrum, daily functions – as well as rush to the rescue in the event of crisis.

  • Herguth Laboratories, Inc. joins the SGS family!

    As of the 31st of December, Herguth has been acquired by SGS.  The same level of responsiveness, customer service and quality will be delivered from the same staff you have grown to know. The acquisition of Herguth Labs with major testing laboratories located in San Francisco and Chicago introduces the SGS global network of 25 condition monitoring laboratories to the North American market with two more state of the art, 10,000 sq ft facilities, making SGS the world’s largest independent testing company in the field of Oil Condition Monitoring. Bill Herguth, CEO of Herguth Laboratories, Inc. says he is pleased with the acquisition.  “This acquisition offers unlimited opportunities for the talented and dedicated staff at Herguth.  In addition, the user base in industry will benefit from increased access to high quality sophisticated testing service in every area of North America”.  “I plan to stay very involved on a day to day basis with the SGS Group and Herguth Labs for the benefit of our clients and staff”. The alliance between Herguth Labs and SGS will create synergies that will make it the leading Oil Condition Monitoring company in North America, offering both routine, highly automated analysis and equipment condition’s diagnostics as well as non-routine consulting services such as lubrication programs audits, root cause and failure analysis.  Their high level of service as well as high quality standards make it a good addition for the SGS Group, global leader in the area of quality, health, safety and environmental business practices. SGS- Herguth tests to ASTM and industry accepted standards and is ISO 9001, ISO/IEC 17025 and 10CFR50 Appendix B certified. The SGS Group is the global leader and innovator in inspection, verification, testing and certification services. Founded in 1878, SGS is recognized as the global benchmark in quality and integrity. With more than 70,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,350 offices and laboratories around the world.

  • The Need for Airline Upkeep during the Holidays, and Beyond

    Everyone knows the holidays are, quote, the most wonderful time of the year… so long as you’re not stuck at a terminal in one of America’s major airport hubs. Every year, from right before Thanksgiving until early January, North American and European air travel industries gear up for what might be called “the mother of all rush hours”. For the Thanksgiving holiday alone, an estimated 24 million travelers were set to hit the nation’s friendly-ish but over-crowded skies. That means ground maintenance crews at hubs like Atlanta, Chicago O’Hare, New York JFK, Washington Dulles, Denver Stapleton, LAX, and SFO are in a round-the-clock frenzy of airline maintenance and inspection, a feat that would make Santa’s overworked elves think twice before taking on. And that’s just for passenger travel. Think about the endless overnight shipments that pass through FedEx’s main hub in Memphis, or UPS’s main hub in Louisville. Think of the behemoth delivery warehouses of amazon.com, zappos.com, or any number of similar online shopping websites. Think of these websites’ competitive customer delivery guarantees. Think of the migraine headache such guarantees place upon the nation’s already stretched air-cargo supply chain. All of these factors add up to the need for effective, spot-checked aircraft maintenance. Part of that maintenance lies in helping insure that the various aviation fluids used by aircraft are tested, analyzed, and thorough-checked before “going into battle” come holiday travel season. Gasoline engine oils need to be tested for proper viscosity levels. Jet engine turbines and hydraulics systems require inspection for correct total acid number (TAN), water by Karl Fischer, and particle count. Our NAS, SAE, and ISO-certified inspection and analysis services, delivered by our competent, well-educated staff of lubricant engineers, makes sure that holiday travel amounts to safe, smooth travel. Because the less time a plane spends dithering on the tarmac, the sooner families and friends can reunite. Let us know what we can do to help your airline during the crush of the holiday season, and far beyond.

  • The Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy: Rush Testing for Tri-State Infrastructure

    Herguth would like to extend their sincere thanks this holiday season to all our friends, family and clients that have stood by our side to help make us successful.  We would also like to give thought to those less fortunate than us and those still suffering from Hurricane Sandy.  Hurricane Sandy barnstormed into New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and other Northeastern states. Millions lost homes and electric power as a direct consequence of the storm (and even now, some are still without them). Over a hundred people across the region lost their lives. Conservative estimates put the total property damage throughout the area at well over $50 billion, perhaps as high as $100 billion. Despite this tremendous sucker-punch, life and power have rebounded largely in New York City and much of the surrounding region. Lights and radiators are back on, subway trains are running, traffic is moving at a (relatively) normal pace, and emergency generators and evacuation centers have been established cohesively and effectively from New Jersey to Long Island. That being said: as of November 8, upwards of 715,000 people still lack power in the aftermath of the “Superstorm”. Many of those still affected include manufacturers and raw materials providers who are reliant on well-lubricated machines to run their machining and processing operations smoothly. We at Herguth wish to convey our horror and disbelief at the sheer scope of the tragedy that’s befallen our friends in the Greater New York Area.  We would like to encourage everyone this holiday season to donate, give a helping hand, or just even send a letter to a company or person in that area to help lift their spirits. In addition, we wish to convey our own form of aid by offering our extensive rush testing services for fluids and industrial lubricants to any and all affected manufacturers, power plants, commercial spaces, and residential areas. The detection of water, debris and contamination is crucial in plant startups. It will take a long time to rebuild and recover from Sandy. Herguth employees, family and friends wish those affected a safe and speedy recovery and a progressive start to a happy holiday.

  • How Best to Select an Oil Analysis Lab

    Whether you’re a green-tech wind-power company, a hydroelectric or wastewater treatment facility, a Fortune 500 oil conglomerate, or a nuclear power plant, there are many different factors that you must bring to bear when considering an oil analysis laboratory to work with on any given project. Picking the right lab to partner with is essential to success. For example, a company might offer a wide diversity of analysis tests, but might not be accredited with the proper certifications for your particular industry. While we realize there are many different – and worthy – companies out there with appropriate job-specific skill-sets, here’s Herguth Laboratories’ guide to separating the “thought leaders” from the rest of the pack. Five things you should typically consider when selecting an oil analysis lab to work with:
    1. Accreditations: Is the prospective company certified specifically for your industry? For instance, we at Herguth are not only ISO 17025 but ISO 9001 and Nuclear 10CFR50 Appendix B part 21 audited. A long-standing commitment to multiple qualitative standards helps demonstrate a company’s diversity of data knowledge and data usage.
    2.  Level of Employee Education: You should always be working with a company that is on intellectual par with your own. A company that can address technical minutiae the moment they’re presented is a company worth its weight in gold. At Herguth, we have deliberately cultivated the largest number of CLS-certified lab specialists in North America.
    3. Test Variety: Clearly you’d prefer a lab that has encyclopedic familiarity with not only the particular tests required for a given assignment, but related tests as well. The goal is establishing a long-term, go-to partnership between your company and a laboratory. At Herguth, we offer upwards of 250 different test methods – all of them done at ASTM standards as well as industry-accepted standards.
    4. Locations: There’s an obvious advantage to having a lab office that’s close by your company. With offices on the West Coast and in the heart of the industrial Midwest, Herguth has a lot to offer when it comes to face-to-face service.
    5. Turnaround Time: Projects almost never room for leisurely downtime. The same goes double for lab analyses. When you need testing data at a level worthy of today’s bit-per-second standards, you need look no further than companies like Herguth. Our standard testing turnaround times fall between 2-7 days, but ASAP rush-jobs are easily accommodated as well.
    Just a few thoughts on what a company such as Herguth provide in terms of services for your own. For more information, contact us today.

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