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ERASPEC OIL - The Latest Trend in Oil Condition Monitoring

ERASPEC OIL is a portable stand-alone infrared analyzer for high-speed lubricant oil analysis and condition monitoring in full compliance with ASTM, DIN and JOAP methods. Its patented interferometer design delivers laboratory-grade results directly on site. ERASPEC OIL measures contaminants, degradation products, additive depletion as well as calculated properties like TAN, TBN, and viscosity within seconds.


    ASTM E2412
  • ASTM D7412
  • ASTM D7414
  • ASTM D7415
  • ASTM D7418
  • ASTM D7624
  • JOAP
  • DIN 51452
  • DIN 51453

Correlation to

  • ASTM D445
  • ASTM D2270
  • ASTM D2896
  • ASTM D664

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Lubricant Analysis with IR Spectroscopy

Lubricant oils exhibit various chemical changes during their life time. This starts by simple changes such a fuel dilution of the fuel used or the uptake of soot (ASTM E2412) from the combustion. Numerous chemical reactions with combustion products lead to oxidation (ASTM D7414), nitration (ASTM D7624) or sulfation (ASTM D7415) of the lubricant and can be summarized as degradation products. To enable cycle times known from modern lubricants a wide variety of additives are added. These additives are used up during operation.

All of them can be readily monitored by IR spectroscopy.

Lubricant oil is poured into an engine

Direct Trending and Spectral Subtraction

When performing an used oil analysis with ERASPEC OIL one of two methods can be chosen. With “Direct Trending” the lubricant properties are directly calculated from the recorded absorbance. With “Spectral Subtraction” the fresh oil is used (and stored) as reference before the measurement and is subtracted from the measured in-service oil. Generally speaking “Spectral Subtraction” gives better results as only the changes to the oil during operation are analyzed. Knowing the spectrum of the fresh oil allows the measurement of the remaining anti oxidants in percentage for example. Complex parameters such as TAN & TBN or viscosity are calculated by chemometrical models based on databases containing used oil spectra of known values.

  • EO_Vergleich_Fresh_Used_Homepage
  • EO_Spectral-Sub_Homepage

Expandable Databases

ERASPEC OIL is equipped with different databases for oil property calculations as different engines use up the oil differently. Using the wrong database will lead to incorrect results of the calculated properties. Choosing the correct database, however, allows various parameters to be predicted with high precision. Beside the already included libraries, new customized libraries can be easily added, thus improving the results of your oil analysis even further. Using customized libraries gives ERASPEC OIL the ability to learn completely new parameters that are not covered by the factory libraries.


On-screen Trending Graphs

ERASPEC OIL offers the possibility to plot the measurement results of the used oil analysis directly on the large color touchscreen. This allows to track the temporal changes of parameters of interest. ERASPEC OIL can plot the values of the driven distance of an engine or the operating ours of a gas turbine for example. All relevant information, such as trending ID, fresh oil spectrum and libraries needed, are pre-configured on the instrument. After selecting the trending ID a measurement is run and the trending graphs are display directly afterwards. That way, for example, a sudden rise in oxidation or a major drop in base reserve will be noted at first glance directly on-site.

Screenshots using ERASPEC OILs trending feature for Antioxidants and TBN and TAN

Lab-grade Performance

eralytics’ patented rugged and light-weight FTIR spectrometer design allows measurements giving results as previously known from laboratory systems only. With its ligth-weight instrument design ERASPEC OIL can easily be brought on-site. For the operation at remote locations ERASPEC OIL can also be operated by a vehicle battery. There is no need to send in samples for analysis anymore.

Using ERASPEC OIL you can bring you laboratory oil analysis directly to spot where the analysis results are need.

  • ASTM_E2412_Oxidation_Homepage
  • ASTM _E2412_Nitration_Homepage
  • ASTM_E2412_Sulfation_Homepage

Automatic Reference Measurement

In IR spectroscopy always two measurements are needed: A reference measurement of the background and a sample measurement. Often the reference measurement is performed by filling the measurement cell with a solvent because a measurement of the empty cell is not favorable due to optical interferences.

ERASPEC OIL uses a special reference cell to automate the background measurement process. Whenever a new reference is needed the instrument can perform this measurement automatically so that ERASPEC OIL is always ready for the next sample measurement when needed.

Optical element exemplifying the reference measurement cell of ERASPEC OIL

Option: 10-position autosampler for high sample throughput

eralytics’ 10-position autosampler is an optional accessory for the infrared analyzer ERASPEC OIL. The 10-position autosampler is directly attached to the instrument allowing it to conveniently connect up to 10 samples simultaneously. It is the perfect solution for higher sample throughput and even more efficiency. All instruments maintain their portability, even with the 10-position autosampler attached. Read more >>

ERASPEC OIL with Autosampler

Measurement Procedure

To perform spectral analysis with the ERASPEC fuel analyzer can be done in 4 sample steps:

  • Select the oil type and enter sample ID, as well as operator name
  • Select the method (Direct Trending, Spectral Subtraction or a Trend) and follow the instructions on the display
  • Put your sample or fresh oil next to the fuel analyzer and insert the inlet tube
  • Press the RUN button

The measurement steps are visualized on the display, showing the deflection of the moving mirror of the interferometer. When the measurement is completed the results are displayed and can be printed or added to a library with a single click. When the sample belongs to a trend measurement, this trend of all corresponding samples can be displayed, too.

  • ERASPEC OIL measurement screen
  • An ERASPEC OIL lube oil analyzer visualizing the running measurement on the screen
  • An ERASPEC OIL lube oil analyzer showing the results screen

Parameters covered by ERASPEC OIL

OxidationASTM E2412, D7414, JOAP, DIN 51453A/cm
NitrationASTM E2412, D7624, JOAP, DIN 51453A/cm
SulfationASTM E2412, D7415, JOAPA/cm
TANASTM D664mg KOH g-1
TBNASTM D2896, D4739mg KOH g-1
Viscosity Index
Viscosity at 40 °C / 100 °C
ASTM D445, D2270VI, cSt
Additives2StandardUnit2, 3
ZDDPASTM E2412, D7412, JOAPA/cm, %, wt%
Phenolic AntioxidantsASTM D2668%, wt%
Aminic Antioxidants%, wt%
SootASTM E2412, JOAP, DIN 51452A/cm, wt%
WaterASTM E2412, JOAPA/cm, wt%
Ethylene Glycol (Antifreeze)ASTM E2412, JOAPA/cm, wt%
Diesel FuelASTM E2412, JOAPA/cm, wt%
GasolineASTM E2412, JOAPA/cm, wt%
Phosphate Esterwt%
1 … The range and repeatablility for all determined properties depend on the used database.
2 … Additive depletion in % remaining additive are available only for spectral subtraction measurements.
3 … wt% values are determined by an eralytics calibration

ERASPEC OIL Feature Video

  • Patented rugged FTIR and laser / temperature design for highest precision
  • “Direct Trending” method when no fresh oil can be used during lubricant monitoring
  • “Spectral Subtracting” method for lowest LoD and increase range of oil properties and parameters
  • Easy expandable libraries to tailor the reference matrix to special applications
  • Data evaluation according to latest international standards

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ERASPEC OIL Operation Video

Watch this video to get an overview on the standard operation of ERASPEC OIL: From installation to measurement and some extended measuring options.


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Technical Specifications

Available Test Methods
ASTM E2412, ASTM D7412, ASTM D7414, ASTM D7415, ASTM D7418, ASTM D7624, ASTM D2668
JOAP, DIN 51452, DIN 51453
Correlation to...
ASTM D445, ASTM D664, ASTM D2270, ASTM D2896, and ASTM D4739
Spectrometer Type
Patented mid-FTIR spectrometer
Laser and temperature controlled design
Measurement Cell
100 µm path length
Optimized dual position cell design for automated reference measurement without solvent
Factory calibrated with a matrix of international lubricants
eralytics´calibrations for soot, water, glycol,...
Measuring Time
60 - 120 seconds depending on the viscosity of the sample;
Warm-up time: 30 seconds after booting the instrument
Sample Volume
10 mL

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