Both STS and OAS were founded on expertise.
STS evolved from the Swansea University Tribology Centre and was synonymous with research and innovation in the fields of Tribology and Oil Analysis. Founded by Mervin H Jones it has now been a limited company for 20 years with analysis histories available for up to 25 years back! Whilst part of Swansea University it hosted numerous scientific conferences with Mervin involved in multiple committees developing the fields of Condition Monitoring, Tribology and Oil Analysis.
Today STS continues to support innovation by sponsoring the TriboUK Student Conferences and the BINDT Condition Monitoring Conferences.
The founder of OAS Ivan H Brown is a qualified electrical engineer experienced on transmission systems up to and including 132kV. He was also involved in formulating oil and maintenance policies for London Electricity and had years of experience in locating and correcting faults on a wide variety of plant including cables, switchgear and transformers. Having encountered oil analysis in his engineering days Ivan was so impressed with the benefits that he had to start his own company, which has now been a successful business for over 25 years.
We serve a wide range of clients both in the UK and globally, reaching as far as Brazil and North America in the West and South China Sea in the East. Industries served include oil & gas exploration, power generation and distribution, renewable energy, mining and steel manufacture, research and development, hydraulic and filtration services, marine, military and aerospace, commercial vehicles, manufacturing, building services, utilities, food and numerous others.
We have a clear business philosophy that underpins our approach. The five key areas are:
We are independent. This means we’re able to work with you, not just for you.
We operate a ‘small business’ mentality. This means we are close to our customers who always come first.
We offer a comprehensive quality service. This means you save time and money – cheap oil analysis is in our opinion not cost effective.
We are a specialist company only focusing on testing oil and laboratory services. We are not a maintenance company. We have no other service to sell and therefore no conflict of interest to bias our recommendations.
Our industry expertise and experience means that we understand our customers’ needs.
We pride ourselves on the level of support and commitment we offer to each of our customers. We call it the ‘Personal Touch’. The six key areas that set our level of service apart are:
In our oil analysis labs we don’t operate a ‘conveyor belt’ approach to testing oil. This means anomalies with samples are picked up sooner, saving you time and money. Our instruments are not stretched to breaking point – we dedicate time and resources to longer integration times, flushing/rinses and quality checks, giving you consistent results you can trust.
We value our customers. This means small users will have the same level of expertise to rely on as our larger clients.
Your peace of mind is our prime concern. That is why we are available to you 24-7.
We offer tailor-made services to meet your exact needs. We can be your main supplier or offer support/backup to an existing relationship. This means you get exactly what you need – nothing less.
We act as a ‘one-stop-shop’ for all our customers’ oil testing needs, and where we do not offer a test, all effort will be made to source it. We will manage the entire process from sample receipt to reporting, coordinate with partner laboratories, split samples where required to deliver to multiple partners, compile and review results from all sources and issue a final report with recommendations.
We understand communication is key to a good partnership with our customers. This means we keep you updated with all developments and contact you as soon as a problem is encountered.
If you have any questions for us, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to assist in any way we can.