lube Oil flushing services

Remove harmful contaminants from system piping before startup to increase reliability

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Console Inspection / Cleaning
A confined-space entry (if necessary) is performed in order to thoroughly clean the inside of the console. At this time, wet-vacs, squeegees, scrapers, and lint-free rags are used to remove contaminants from the inside of the reservoir. The reservoir including gaskets and suction strainers are inspected for potential signs of ingression or leakage. IFM will take before and after photos, these photos will be sent to the customer in the post job report.

Flush Design & Flow Path Engineering
Our Mechanical Engineers will work with the project team to design the most effective flow path ensuring no part of the unit is left uncleaned. A properly sized flushing unit will be selected to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of the project as well as exceed any required Reynolds Number.

Pipefitting & Jumper Installation
All necessary piping, fittings, and spool pieces will be removed prior to installation of all flushing equipment. All critical components not being flushing will be removed, mechanically cleaned, bagged, and tagged until reinstatement.

Pre-Startup Inspection
Prior to beginning the circulation phases of the project, IFM Technicians and customer representatives will conduct a visual analysis of the entire project. This examination will ensure that IFM’s equipment is correctly and safely applied to the systems being serviced.

High Velocity Oil Flush
IFM technicians will perform a HVOF on the system piping. Depending on the customer and/or OEM’s procedures and specifications, the following techniques may be used to dislodge debris and contaminants from the walls of the piping:
• Heat/Cool Cycles
• Active purging strategy
• Mechanically Knocking Piping
• Reverse Flow Manifolds

These techniques along with IFM’s proprietary flushing technologies will be utilized to free all debris from the piping. All flushing tactics will be agreed upon in writing through the process and procedure prior to the start of any flushing.

Verification of Cleanliness
The ISO 4406 or NAS 1638 cleanliness requirement will be established by either the customer or OEM during the planning phase of the project. Typically the inspection test will consist of the following verification methods:
• Pipe Cleanliness – Visual inspection of mesh screens – No visible ferrous or gritty particles
• Oil Cleanliness – 16/14/12 ISO 4406 verified by patch test

Project Documentation
The site POC will receive nightly emails including project status, pictures, daily goals, and budgetary updates. This will be included in a comprehensive post-job report which will be available within 30 days of the completion of the project.

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High Velocity Oil Flushing / HVOF is performed to remove contaminants and deposits on the internal surfaces of large lube oil systems such as gas and steam turbines, compressors, stationary engines, and hydraulic systems. A HVOF is used in the following situations:

Before starting up a turbine, compressor, or other piece of rotating equipment, it is important to remove all traces of metal and other hard contaminants left behind during the fabrication and installation process of the lube oil piping. If not removed using a high velocity oil flush, these hard contaminants can find their way to the bearing housing as well as other critical areas and cause irreparable damage.

Preventative Maintenance
As part of a lubrication best practice, it is important to routinely perform a high velocity oil flush on critical pieces of equipment. A rule of thumb would be every five years on critical systems and every ten years on non-critical systems.

Catastrophic Failure
Wear metals and other contaminants can be left behind as the result of an unexpected bearing failure. A high velocity oil flush should be used to remove these contaminants before the system is brought back on line to reduce the chances of contaminants causing further damage to the system.

Oil Conversion
When converting to a different lubricating oil, it is sometimes important to use a high velocity oil flush in order to remove all traces of the old oil left behind in the piping. This prevents any non-compatibility issues. A sacrificial charge of the new oil is typically used to remove all residue from the previous product to ensure that the new oil performs as designed.


• Mechanical and Chemical Engineers to design proper applications to fit customers' needs
• Accurate bidding process
• Rapid response (capable of mobilizing within 24 hours)
• Large labor pool
• Detailed process and procedures
• Detailed post job reports
• Daily updates on job progress as well as cost

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