The Pon Power cooling water analysis is designed to make your Cat engine perform better and last longer. Temperatures in combustion engines can run up to as much as 2000°C. That is why cylinders, lubricant and air gas are cooled with cooling water. A cooling water analysis provides an insight into the performance of the cooling system. This enables us to detect any issues at an early stage and prevent standstill of your engines.
1. Request a cooling water kit
2. Take a cooling water sample
3. Register the cooling water sample
4. Send in the cooling water sample
5. Receive the results and advice
It is a very simple process that only takes a couple of steps. First, determine the analysis you want to have carried out. A level-1 analysis, during which we look at the levels of erosion and corrosion and potential system problems, among others, or a level-2 analysis, which provides additional information about potential additives found in extended life and conventional coolants. You then order a cooling water kit level 1 or level 2.
Finally, you use the cooling water kit to take a cooling water sample, you register it and send it to us. Our laboratory will study it to check for signs of wear. If we detect any problems, preventive measures can be taken now in order to prevent a breakdown.
Request cooling water kit level 1
Request cooling water kit level 2
Register cooling water sample
The level-1 analysis can be subdivided into four categories:
Coolant type: Colour, metal analysis
Protection against overheating and freezing: Glycol percentage
Coolant condition: pH, conductivity, nitrite, physical inspection
Contamination of the coolant: oil contamination, fuel contamination, foam
The level-2 analysis also checks for the presence of additional contaminations that cannot be detected during a level-1 analysis alone. These additional contaminations are:
Glycolate, a degradation product of glycol, is an acid. The accelerate formation of glycolate may indicate a problem in the cooling system, such as the penetration of air or overheating. Chloride can penetrate the system because of the use of poor-quality source water, gritting salt or seawater. Sulphate may indicate the use of softened water in the cooling system or blow-by.
The level-1 analysis provides information about the levels of erosion and corrosion and potential system problems such as overheating, stray current, the penetration of air and exhaust fumes. Corrosion and erosion levels are checked by means of an element analysis. The monitored elements include:
This analysis can detect particles up to 10 microns in size. The results of the element analysis are reported in particles per million, ppm. The presence of contaminations can result in higher corrosion and erosion levels.
The level-2 analysis provides additional information about the additives that are commonly found in extended life and conventional coolants. General conventional coolant additives that are detected are:
Knowledge of the levels of these additives helps to determine if an extended life or conventional coolant is used. It is then possible to make appropriate recommendations about additives of the extender and SCA.
Furthermore, this analysis can ensure a better understanding of the maintenance intervals and the general condition of the coolant. With a level-2 coolant analysis, you can also recognise poor mixtures of conventional and extended life products, as well as the use of recycled coolant.
The analysis usually takes a week to complete.
We incorporate the analysis results into a report which we share with you by e-mail. This report contains our advice so that you know what the best measures are you can take. The advice is elucidated by using colour codes in the report. Green: No action required, Yellow, Monitor compartment, Red: Action required.
If the analysis shows that no deviations were found in the cooling water, we will send you a green report, explaining that the cooling water tests showed a normal result.
The next step is taking a sample in accordance with the normal sampling interval.
If the level-1 analysis shows that the cooling water is not okay, we may recommend a level-2 analysis to gain a better insight. This enables us to give you better advice in order to prevent a breakdown.
You are notified of the analysis results by means of a report which we will send to you by e-mail.
We have, by far, more knowledge of your Cat engines than anyone else. Also, the staff at our analysis laboratory have confidential information from Caterpillar, which we use to give you the best possible advice.
Vincent van der Ark - Coördinator SOS Laboratorium
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