Easy way to test oil quality
Tan Delta is supplying oil sensors to a mine following a six-month evaluation period, during which – says the firm – it was confirmed that an estimated payback period of nine months is achievable.
According to Tan Delta, which declined to reveal the name of the mine in question, the mine's operator is to implement a broad rollout of sensors on gearboxes, hydraulic power packs, generators, heavy mobile plant, and oil storage tanks.
The data produced by the sensors will be available to service teams and central control with automatic alerts generated in the event of unexpected quality changes.
Chris Greenwood, Tan Delta managing director says: “The trial provided solid empirical data confirming that installation of our sensors would generate significant operational cost savings far exceeding the investment through extended service cycles, reduction in waste oil and a decrease in equipment failure.
“Ultimately the investment case stacked up and our partners customer has implemented an aggressive rollout plan to secure the savings as quickly as possible.”
The Tan Delta system is available in a multifunctional mobile kit that will enable the user to take samples from any machine at any location, and then have the oil sensor provide data about the oil quality.
The test will indicate if the oil is fit for purpose or if there is any change brought about by contamination.