Easy way to test oil qual­ity

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - MAINTENANCE MATTERS -

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.

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