C.I.M Lubri Fuel’s laboratory is a well-equipped testing facility, staffed by technically qualified personnel. Its prime objective is the production of high-quality analytical data and elemental analysis using analytical measurements that are accurate, reliable, and adequate for the intended purpose.

Our laboratory professionals are fundamental to our success because they carefully and meticulously execute all the test methods set out by the international governing bodies.

We believe that our outstanding technical support and service are key to our success in the laboratory and in the field. Technical and after-sales support and service are available from C.I.M Lubri Fuel.


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C.I.M Lubri Fuel is committed to operating within the highest professional standards to provide our clients with quality test data. Our goal is to continually demonstrate technical competence and extraordinary service to both existing and potential customers.

With our leading technology and technical support from our experienced lab team, we are able to offer unique, optimized, and competitive solutions for our customers’ challenges, today and in the future.


Standard test methods available

C.I.M. Lubri Fuel Viscosity Testing

Viscosity Testing

Multiple parameter measurements from a  single syringe.

Peltier  temperature  control  Designed  for  fast  heating/cooling over  a  wide  range (Temperature range -60 °C to +135 °C)

• Kinematic  viscosity (ASTM D7042)
• EN 16896, DIN 51659-2)
• Viscosity  Index (VI) (ASTM D2270)
• Density (EN ISO 12185, ASTM D4052, IP 365)
• Dynamic  viscosity (ASTM D7042)
• API  grades (ISO 91, API 2540,ASTM D1250, IP 200)
• Saybolt  viscosity (ASTM D2161)

C.I.M. Lubri Fuel Elemental Analysis

Elemental Analysis

The core instrumentation in C.I.M Lubri Fuel’s lab is Rotating Disc Electrode (RDE) Optical Emission Spectrometer (OES), a laser imaging particle analyzer based on Laser Net Fines® technology.

Elemental analysis remains the pre-eminent technology for oil analysis. Its multi-faceted capability to probe contamination, additives, and quantitatively pinpoint machinery wear is unmatched by any other type of analysis. The key use mode of the technology is for
C.I.M Lubri Fuel’s chemical engineers, who must carefully monitor the number of additives in the blend.

Rotating Disc Electrode Optical Emission Spectroscopy (RDE-OES) ASTM D6595. Spectrometers that look at the multitude of spectral lines from heated, or “excited,” samples are called optical emission spectrometers.

Excitation Source:

Introduce energy to the sample.

Optical System

Separates and resolves the resulting emission from that excitation into its component wavelengths.

Readout System:

Detects and measures the light that has been separated into its component wavelengths by the optical system and presents this information to the operator in a usable fashion.

C.I.M. Lubri Fuel Particle Counting

Particle Counting

  • Particle count, size distribution and codes (ISO 4406, NAS 1638, NAVAIR 01-1A-17, SAE AS 4059,GOST, ASTM D6786, HAL and user-defined bins).
  • Differentiation of contaminants (silica and fibers from machine wear metal.
  • Classification of wear particles, image storage, and reporting of particle count and size for Cutting, Sliding, Fatigue, Fibers, and Non-metallics wear types.
  • Ferrous content measurement in the sample with ferrous particle count and size distribution.
  • Differentiation of large ferrous particles >25 microns from total ferrous particles. Reporting percentage of large ferrous particles and ferrous wear severity index for easy trending and interpretation of the ferrous measurements. The disc rotates as the burn proceeds, unmatched by any other type of analysis.

ISO 4406:99 is the reporting standard for fluid cleanliness. According to this standard, a code number is assigned to particle count values derived at three different micron levels: greater than 4 microns, greater than 6 microns, and greater than 14 microns.

C.I.M. Lubri Fuel Rheometer


C.I.M Lubri Fuel has heavily invested in its laboratory, with industry-leading equipment. One of our new additions is a Tribology Cell. This is a unique piece of equipment.

Were calling it: The “unfair advantage”:

Using Tribological test methods, C.I.M Lubri Fuel is able to compare performance levels from other brands, ensuring that we exceed existing performance levels. Performing these comparisons is vital to ensure that our end-users enjoy unsurpassed performance product solutions. It encourages our chemical engineers to blend some of the best shear-stable lubricants.

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Rheology Measurement Methods

A wide variety of rheology analysis methods exist.

Some of the more commonly used measurements
and metrics that we utilize include:

• Viscosity as a function of shear stress
• Viscosity as a function of shear rate
• Viscosity as a function of temperature
• Zero-shear viscosity measurements
• Yield stress and yield strain measurements
• Thixotropic breakdown rate
• Thixotropic recovery rates
• Elasticity under shear measurements
• Structure rigidity, complex, storage and loss modulus
• Phase angle and tan delta
• Oscillatory stress and strain sweeps
• Oscillatory frequency sweeps
• Oscillatory temperature sweeps and cycles
• Creep and recovery
• Record Stribeck curves
• Determine static friction propertiestest

Tribology Cell at C.I.M. Lubri Fuel

Tribology Cell at C.I.M. Lubri Fuel

C.I.M Lubri Fuel`s Rheometer is able to simulate crankcase engine performance levels. Focusing on start-up, operating, and elevated temperatures. Furthermore, it can also be used to test other lubricants and greases by placing it under stress, strain, torque, and temperature using rotational and oscillatory motions.

C.I.M. Lubri Fuel FTIR - Fourier Transform Infrared

FTIR – Fourier Transform Infrared

• Glycol content in coolants
• Oil contamination
• Anti-wear
• Soot
• Oxidation
• Nitration
• Gasoline (as contamination)
• Diesel (as contamination)
• Water
• Sulphated-by-products

C.I.M LUBRI FUEL’s FTIR is used for routine and dedicated analytical use and provides accurate, fast results. Offering robust performance in a compact design, C.I.M LUBRI FUEL’s FTIR is suitable for extensive quality control measuring that offers both sample identification and quantitation of oils and greases in the market space today.

C.I.M. Lubri Fuel C.I.M`s Penetrometer

C.I.M`s Penetrometer

C.I.M’s Penetrometer is used for consistency testing for greases and plasticity determination of pasty, creamy, semi-solid, or highly viscous samples in accordance with NLGI.

Needle Penetration:

ASTM D5, EN 1426, JIS K 2207, JIS K 2235

Cone Penetration:

ASTM D217, ASTM D937, ASTM D1321, ASTM D1403, ASTM D7342, ISO 2137,EN 13880-2, DIN 51579, European Pharmacopoeia 2.9.9.

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Monday – Friday
7:30 – 16:00

Weekends & Public Holidays

Physical Address
486 Taljaard Street

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