Oil analysis provides early indications of equipment wear and identifies the root causes of corrosion.  On-site oil analysis eliminates the wait associated with sending samples off-site and enables immediate decision making.

With four simple tests, the MiniLab 153 delivers comprehensive on-site oil analysis, providing immediate actionable results, saving time and reducing costs. Highlights of this system include:

  • One product, delivering lab-quality analysis outside of the lab
  • Simplified workflow for the non-expert user, no chemist required
  • Simplified data handling and report interpretation via OilView and Trivector reporting

Trivector™ – oil and machine health simplified

The TriVector™ is a simple representation of the integrity of the lubrication system and the health of the machine itself. The Trivector indicates the degree of health in each vector.  In order to understand the Trivector condition, one must measure the key physical and chemical parameters of the oil.
The following questions can be answered:

The MiniLab 153 combines four simple tests that take less than 15 minutes to complete

(Click on any four tests images below to watch how-to videos)


Parameter Elemental

ASTM Method D6595

Particle Count and Ferrous
ASTM Method D7596

ASTM Method D8092


ASTM Method D7889

Contamination Particle count and ISO codes    V
Non-metallic particle count, distribution and images       V
Boron, Calcium, Sodium, Lithium, Potassium and Silicon         V
Water      V
Chemistry Viscosity      V
Total Acid Number (TAN)      V
Oxidation      V
Total Base Number (TBN), Oxidation, Nitration, and Sulfation for engine oils      V
Boron, Magnesium, Calcium, Barium, Zinc, Molybdenum, and Phosphorus      V
Wear Wear particle images, counts and distribution      V
Total Ferrous content, ppm      V
Ferrous particle count and size distribution      V
Copper, Silver, Chromium, Titanium, Aluminum, Magnesium, Nickel, Iron, Manganese, Lead, Tin, Molybdenum, Cadmium, and Vanadium      V


OilView™ LIMS asset management software

The Minilab 153 uses the AMS OilView LIMS module to operate the MiniLab. The OilView software includes an Asset Management database and a reference oil database which can be expanded by the end user.
It provides several standard and configurable report formats with automatic email distribution of reports, and alarm limit templates and analytics.
Color-coded Trivector reports provide a clear snapshot of machinery health by identifying parameters that are outside normal limits.

Target Industries

The MiniLab 153 is ideal for a wide range of industries such as:

Typical limits for machinery

The most common oil analysis tests and typical alarm limits for several component types are shown below.  Component manufacturers establish alarm limits for their equipment for specified parameters.