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The FerroCheck 2000 Series of portable ferrous analyzers offer accuracy and convenience for total ferrous measurement of in-service lubricating oil and grease. Fast and easy to use samples are analyzed in less than 30 seconds. Small sample volumes of just 1.5 ml of oil or 0.75 ml of grease are needed to measure ferrous content in part per million (ppm) by weight.  The FerroCheck measures the total ferrous content of both small particles from normal machine wear and large abnormal wear particles.

Principle of Operation

The core of the FerroCheck 2000 is a pair of precision rounded coils that when powered, generate magnetic fields. When a small amount of in-service oil is inserted into one of the coils, ferrous particles, such as Iron, Nickel, and Cobalt, interact with the magnetic field and introduce current changes in the coils. The amount of current change is proportional to the amount of Ferrous particles in the oil, calibrated by weight in parts per million (ppm).

The sample vial that holds the oil or grease sample is designed to optimize the position in the measurement coil. Before the measurement, the coils are automatically balanced electrically, removing the impact on measurement from ambient temperature variation. The result is repeatable and stable measurement regardless of operator and environmental temperature, which is critical for a large service team doing on-site oil and grease analysis in the field.

Key Features

Measure total ferrous content in part per million by weight

  • Measures all ferrous material-normal machine wear and large abnormal wear particles

Accurate and repeatable

  • Low limit of detection
  • Highly repeatable – 3% of reading
  • Wide  range of measurement
  • Validation standard included

Easy to use

  • Solvent- free operation and no sample preparation
  • Requires less than 2 ml of sample to test
  • Results in 30 seconds

Portable, battery powered design

  • Lightweight and fits easily into a toolbox or carrying bag and capable of operation for over 4 hours before recharge. Plug unit in for continuous use

Expanded I/O capability

  • Automated data storage, export files in csv format or use AMS Oilview software interface

ASTM Compliance

  • ASTM method D8120 "Standard Test Method for Ferrous Debris Quantification"

Field or Laboratory use

  • Accurate, repeatable and stable results over a wide temperature range, designed for both laboratory and field usage
  • Rechargeable battery

Product Information

Ferrocheck 2000 Ferrocheck 2100
Applications Lubricant oil Lubricant oil and grease
Output Total Ferrous, parts per million by weight Total Ferrous, parts per million by weight
Methodology ASTM D8120 ASTM D8120
Standard Calibrated Ranges 0-2,000 ppm, 2,000-10,000 ppm 0-2,000 ppm and 2,000-10,000 ppm for oil
0-2000 ppm, 2000 ppm-15% for grease
Test Time < 30 s < 30 s
Limit Of Detection 3 ppm 3 ppm
Repeatability 3% RSD 3% RSD
Calibration Ferrous standards provided Ferrous standards provided

FerroCheck 2000 for Oil and Grease Analysis

Spectro ScientificSpectro Scientific was founded in 1983 as Spectro Inc. and is one of the largest worldwide suppliers of oil, fuel, and fluid analysis instruments to industry, military and laboratories. With over 8000 instruments sold, and customers on six continents, Spectro Scientific is a leader in the field of condition based maintenance and oil in water analysis. Spectro Scientific, an ISO 9001:2015 company, develops a broad array of fluid analysis instruments for evaluating machine and lubricant condition in the field, in the lab and in highly mobile, handheld applications. The instruments provide critical data about machinery condition and can provide an early warning of equipment failure. Our core businesses are oil and grease analysis, fuel analysis and oil in water analysis for regulatory compliance.
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