PrimeServ Lab extends scope of engine fluid analyses

Written by Nick Blenkey
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PrimeServ Lab, which is a department of MAN Energy Solutions’ after-sales division – PrimeServ, performs analyses of such fluids as fuel oil, lube oil, cooling water, lube-oil separator control samples and fuel-oil separator control samples for both stationary and marine four-stroke engines.

Now, responding to the introduction of new fuels types introduced to meet IMO 2020 requirements, PrimeServ Lab has introduced a fuel-stability analysis of the new types and their compatibility with other fuels. As a result, the so-called p-value has now become part of PrimeServ Lab’s standard, fuel-analysis program. The scope of diesel-fuel analysis has also been increased with lubricity, biofuel content and ignition delay added to standard reporting.

“PrimeServ Lab offers a unique analysis portfolio. Our undisputed competitive advantage is the outstanding knowledge of engines and engine fluids that we have, as an OEM, which enables us to evaluate fluid analyses with great accuracy,” says MAN PrimeServ’s Dr Holger Gehring. “In contrast with most other labs, PrimeServ Lab doesn’t specialize in the analysis of individual fluids but, rather, specializes in the analysis of all engine fluids – to provide a complete picture. Our comprehensive solutions cover all essential fluids and enable us to extend engine-lives and identify potential issues or risks that could cause disruption if unnoticed. This significantly reduces the amount of downtime, damaged equipment and profit losses our customers would otherwise endure.”


Similarly, due to the introduction of SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) catalysts, PrimeServ Lab now also analyses urea solutions to ensure reliable catalyst function in SCR systems.

PrimeServ Lab offers analyses on a modular basis, comprising six different packages that can be matched to suit individual requirements. Returned samples are analyzed and form the basis for a comprehensive report with operational recommendations where applicable.

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