Automatic oil sample preparation

Before oil samples are introduced to the ICP analyzer, they undergo an extensive preparation procedure. Weighing, dilution, homogenizing and transferring to the analyzer are examples of preparation steps. Great accuracy and precision is required: the slightest deviation can affect the analysis results. Automating this procedure enables laboratories to prepare their oil samples consistently at high speed.

Automatic oil sample preparation

The analysis results of (lubricating) oils, diesel and coolants are used by customers in the petrochemical industry to meet standards and to efficiently schedule maintenance of their vehicles, aircraft, ships and industrial systems. In addition, it provides detailed information that enables them to monitor trends, reduce downtime and risk of damage.

Oil sample preparation procedure

The sample preparation procedure depends on the type of (lubricating) oil or diesel that needs to be analyzed, the requirements of the customer and the prescribed standards (e.g. ASTM or DIN). Highly viscous samples, like (lubricating) oils must be diluted prior to analysis for example. This is typically performed using an organic solvent. The dilution of oil samples can be performed either on a weight (gravimetric) or volume basis (volumetric).

Typical oil preparation steps

The following sample preparation steps are common when preparing and analyzing oil samples:

  • Sampling
  • Dilution
  • Homogenizing (vortex mixing)
  • Transporting to the ICP analyzer
  • Cleaning
Oil sample preparation steps

Expert in oil sample preparation

Labiron has many years of experience in automatic oil sample preparation. Our specialists’ practical understanding of how laboratories in the petrochemical industry function helps us to optimally support their practices. We provide a range of solutions for the preparation of oil samples addressing the particular challenges that they present: dilutions, settling particulate matter and fast response times.

Automatic oil sampling, dilution and analysis

Sampling, dilution and analysis of oil samples is performed with our high-end automation solutions in combination with an ICP analyzer. We offer modular, customer-specific solutions that are adjusted to the preparation steps and procedures performed by your laboratory. By automating the time-consuming tasks of sampling and dilution, laboratories are able to maximize their production while maintaining the highest quality data. As a result, they are able to:

  • Increase their speed and sample throughput
  • Improve the quality, consistency and reliability of their services
  • Reduce costs as a result of high productivity and accuracy

Would you like to find out more? We are happy to advise you on the solution and modules that match your laboratories’ requirements and workflows.

Coolant sample preparation

Similar to the analysis of (lubricating) oils and diesel, the analysis of coolant samples provides critical information regarding the health of the engine and needed maintenance. Coolant samples are typically diluted, homogenized and transferred to the ICP analyzer. They can be challenging to dilute, as many of the samples are viscous. Our automation solutions prevent any inconsistency. They facilitate fast and more and reliable analysis of coolant samples.

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Automatic coolant sample preparation


The high-end laboratory automation solutions designed and developed by Labiron can be customized to meet your laboratories’ requirements. Whether these requirements are related to the fluids or the solids that need to be analyzed or the prescribed standards. Discover the benefits of automatic sample preparation for your laboratory.

Automatic sample preparation

Acaros Volumetric

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