ALS Staveley Services Fluids Analysis
November 12, 2009

New Look, New Name, New Global Presence
SAME Quality Services

by Fran Christopher, Director, Sales & Marketing

Staveley Services Fluids Analysis officially became part of the ALS Laboratory Group Tribology Division in August 2008. Since then, the company has gradually moved from the Staveley Services Fluids Analysis name to the ALS Laboratory Group brand. We are pleased to announce that beginning in January 2010 we will drop the Staveley Services name and logo and fully phase in the ALS Laboratory Group identity. We anticipate that all branded materials will reflect the ALS Laboratory Group name and logo by the end of the first quarter 2010.

ALS Laboratory Group is a global provider of analytical services with laboratory operations in 41 countries making it one of the largest independent analytical groups in the world with over 6,500 employees. ALS is part of the long-established Australian public company, Campbell Brothers Limited. In North America, ALS Laboratory Group’s Tribology Division has nearly half a century of experience in the laboratory testing business and currently services many large corporations with direct account relationships and private label programs.

As we move closer to January, you will gradually see the Staveley name fade away. We are excited about our future and look forward to continuing to provide superior service to our North American and global customers under our new name.

Case Study: Engine Saved from Catastrophic Failure
by Patrick Kilbane, CLS, Sales Manager

The following case study is presented based on actual comments provided by an ALS Tribology customer.

We recently discovered a problem with a diesel engine. Our laboratory results indicated that a coolant leak was present, and immediate action was needed to save the equipment.

The spectrochemical analysis showed high concentrations of sodium and potassium, both prominent additives in engine coolants. The copper, tin, and lead levels were also elevated, indicating possible damage to engine components. Additional tests showed that glycol and water were present in the lubricant . . . more . . . .

Biodiesel Blends Explained
by Ambrose Hughey, OMA I, Portland Lab Manager

Both the feedstock and the process used in the production of biodiesel influence the final product’s various properties. Although the predominant B100 feedstock in the U.S. is soybean oil, several other feedstocks are also used in biodiesel production. Biodiesel feedstocks include a variety of plant oils (such as soy and corn), animal fats, and used cooking oils. With the use of this wide variety of feedstocks, there are potential issues in product control resulting from the varying biodiesel properties. The most common source of biodiesel consumption is through the use of biodiesel blends, as opposed to biodiesel being used as a stand-alone fuel. Biodiesel is blended with conventional middle distillate fuel and used in the same applications in which conventional diesel fuel is typically used. The recent introduction of biodiesel blends in the marketplace has . . . more . . .

ALS Tribology Offers New Biodiesel Blend Packages (B6–B20)

With the introduction of biodiesel into the middle distillate fuel, new parameters must be monitored in order to evaluate any effects on fuel quality that could result from the biodiesel component. In addition, some of the same parameters that were historically evaluated on conventional diesel fuel oils now require different monitoring methodologies when analyzing biodiesel blends. This places even more importance on being aware of the amount of biodiesel in your diesel fuel oil. Knowing the blend concentration allows you to monitor the appropriate fuel properties and employ the correct methodologies to determine them. In order to keep our fuel analysis services up-to-date and relevant for our customers' needs, ALS Laboratory Group’s Tribology Division has designed some new fuel packages specific to biodiesel blends.


Test Package


Analysis of biodiesel blends for monitoring blend content and cleanliness.

Appearance, Biodiesel Blend Content, Microbial Growth, Particulate Contamination of Biodiesel and Biodiesel Blends, Suspended Water, Free Water and Sediment

Expanded analysis of biodiesel blends for determining the general fuel quality, stability, blend content and cleanliness.

Acid Number, Appearance, Biodiesel Blend Content, Copper Strip Corrosion @ 50C, Distillation, Fuel Stability, Microbial Growth, Sulfur Content, Particulate Contamination of Biodiesel and Biodiesel Blends, Suspended Water, Free Water and Sediment, Viscosity @ 40C

Who We Are

ALS Laboratory Group's Tribology Division (formerly Staveley Services Fluids Analysis) is one of the leading fluid analysis groups in North America. For nearly half a century, customers have relied on us for comprehensive oil, fuel, coolant, metalworking, and consulting services. As part of the ALS Laboratory Group, we are now a global provider of analytical testing services. Our customers are assured an even greater range of analytical chemistry and testing services from the first truly global independent equipment condition-monitoring services provider.

ALS Tribology Division offers standard analysis packages and over 100 specialized ASTM tests that cover any combination of conditions, fluids, and applications. Our highly trained and experienced professionals are committed to providing unmatched services with quality results that are cost effective and prompt. Strategically located, the Tribology Division's facilities provide regional access to testing services throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Telephone: (877) 835-8437

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