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Lube oil cleaning

The quality of your lube oil determines equipment lifetime and levels of productivity. Cleaned lube oil maintains its quality over time and is therefore essential to a healthy, trouble-free process. There are a number of options for cleaning lube oil. Our expertise can guide you to the right one.


Clean lube oil helps run a smooth operation

  • Removes both water and solids in one operation
  • Effective cleaning of even small particle sizes
  • Minimal maintenance, enabling more process uptime
  • Prolongs equipment lifetime
  • Low total cost of ownership (TCO)

Filtration, coalescence and centrifugation are the three main technologies for lube oil cleaning, each with its own special characteristics. Finding the right one for you will depend on the specific requirements of your process. Each of the three technologies are discussed here and we provide everything from comprehensive whitepapers to handy checklists to inform your decision.

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The three technologies for lube oil cleaning in brief

Lube oil cleaning has proven to deliver considerable cost savings. But how do you decide on the best technology – the one that offers the best efficiency and least overall cost – for your application? Here we compare the three most common options: centrifugation, filtration and coalescence.

  • Centrifugation separates matter of different densities – both water and particles
  • Filters use different mesh sizes to capture solids only
  • Coalescers remove water from lube oil


Whitepaper: The importance of lube oil cleaning

Eager to understand more about lube oil cleaning? Our whitepaper gives you a comprehensive overview of the technologies available and acts as a guide to choosing the best one for your application.


Quick Product Selection Guide

The Alfa Laval product guide is an easy-to-use tool to help you filter, select and quote the best solution for effective cleaning of coolants, wash liquids and lube oil. Enter the online catalogue and find your selected products and parts now. If the products are not visible for your country, please fill out the contact form.

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Checklist: Choosing the best lube oil cleaning technology

Don’t know which lube oil cleaning technology to use? This checklist helps you compare the choices and determine which solution is best for your process.


Presentation: The importance of lube oil cleaning

Need to explain lube oil cleaning to others? Use this presentation to help others understand the rationale and technologies.



Take care of your separator correctly

Sichern Sie eine lange Lebensdauer

Sie können jahrzehntelang eine effiziente Schmierölreinigung erwarten, wenn Sie Ihren Abscheider richtig pflegen. Kurz gesagt, es ist eine Frage des Lesens der Bedienungsanleitung, der Verwendung von Originalteilen und des richtigen Werkzeugs. Wir bieten Ihnen ein umfangreiches Paket an detaillierten Serviceanleitungen und spezifischen Servicekits mit den Original-Ersatzteilen.

  • Betriebszeit maximieren
  • Unterstützung einer langen Lebensdauer
  • Gebrauchsfertige Kits vereinfachen die vorbeugende Wartung und sparen Zeit
  • Reduzierte Auftragsbearbeitungszeit
  • Globale Distributionszentren für schnelle Lieferung

Paket zur vorbeugenden Wartung

Die vorbeugende Wartung von Alfa Laval umfasst einen Zwischenservice (IS) oder einen Hauptservice (MS), die in einer Box mit den benötigten Teilen verpackt sind. Das Serviceintervall hängt von den Betriebsstunden oder einem festen Zeitraum ab.

Wir empfehlen Ihnen, dass Sie:

  • Beachten Sie immer die Servicehinweise in der Bedienungsanleitung des Abscheiders
  • Führen Sie alle 3 - 6 Monate (2-4.000 Stunden)* einen Zwischenservice durch
  • Führen Sie alle 12-18 Monate (8-12.000 Stunden) einen Major Service durch, je nach Maschinentyp und Prozessbedingungen*

* Das Handbuch gibt die maximale Anforderung an. Die Schmierölreinigung ist im Allgemeinen eine nachsichtige Anwendung, bei der die Intervalle etwas verlängert werden können.

Manuals for lube oil cleaning separator

Manual for lube oil cleaning separators

Hier finden Sie die aktuellen Handbücher für Ihr OCM (Oil Cleaning Module).

Dazu gehören:

  • Sicherheitshinweise
  • Bedienungsanleitung
  • Service-Hinweise
  • Fehlerbehebung
  • Technische Daten

Bitte beachten Sie, dass es aufgrund der langjährigen Erfahrung mit dieser Produktreihe zu leichten Abweichungen in der Ausführung kommen kann.

Die Handbücher decken alle Aspekte des Betriebs und der Pflege Ihrer Investition ab.

Wir haben Handbücher für:

  • MAB 103 (OCM 103)
  • MAB 104 (OCM 104)
  • MAB 206 (OCM 206)
  • MMB 304 (OCM 304)
  • MMB 305 (OCM 305)

Die Größe des Trennmoduls finden Sie auf dem Typenschild.

Wenn die Bedienungsanleitung Ihres Schmierölabscheiders nicht mit Ihrem Produkt übereinstimmt, bitte kontaktieren Sie uns.

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Abscheider-Servicekit bestellen

Die Wartung Ihres Fliehkraftabscheiders ist einfach. Im Normalfall brauchen Sie nur Ihren Abscheider-Servicekit zu bestellen und an Ihrem Abscheider zu installieren, um einen störungsfreien Betrieb zu gewährleisten. Um ein passendes Servicekit zu finden und ein Angebot anzufordern, lesen Sie bitte unseren Produktführer.



Wir haben eine Reihe von Servicefolien, die Ihnen helfen, das Beste aus Ihrem Ölreinigungsmodul herauszuholen.

Installation of a lube oil cleaning module

Lube oil cleaning module in operation

Manual cleaning of a separator


Get a quick quote

You can get a cost estimate for your lube oil cleaning needs quickly and easily using this simple form. Fill in basic details about your system and we’ll get back to you shortly.


Lube oil cleaning problems

If your lube oil isn't properly cleaned or maintained, your valuable equipment risks being damaged by both solid and water contamination. This leads to costly maintenance and repair – and even operational shutdown. These problems are avoidable.

Preserving the quality of your lube oil over time, offers the best defence against problems caused by contamination. By focusing on clean oil, you increase your control over maintenance costs and help keep operations on schedule and within budget.

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Solid contamination

Solid particles cause many operational failures. Particles larger than a given gap size block the flow while those smaller than the gap size cause erosive wear, which can block gaps fully and create micro-cracks. Solids slightly bigger than or similar in size to the dynamic tolerance between the moving parts are the most harmful. They cause abrasive wear and surface fatigue which can lead to failure.

Water contamination

Water is the primary cause of corrosion and can lead to costly equipment replacement and/or repair. Water in oil can lead to micro-pitting in metal surfaces and metal-on-metal contact. It encourages steel components to become brittle and crack. It also lowers oil viscosity, reducing lubricity.

Benefits snapshot: Cost-effective lube oil cleaning

Interested in low operational costs? This infographic gives you a snapshot of lube oil cleaning benefits, with a clear total cost of ownership comparison between different technologies.



Lube oil cleaning blog

Keeping contaminants out of lube oil may be a challenge but cleaning can be easy with the right technologies and know-how. Browse our lube oil cleaning blog posts for advice on boosting productivity, reducing maintenance requirements and cutting operational costs.



Lube oil cleaning FAQs

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about lube oil cleaning here. For a more detailed discussion of common issues, check our lube oil cleaning blog.


Marine customer? We have the optimal oil solution

The marine sector has its own requirements and demands when it comes to lube oil solutions. That’s why we offer a range designed specifically to meet those needs.

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