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Why Online Oil Quality Monitoring is a Best Practice for Reliability Programs

Online oil quality monitoring provides real-time monitoring of oil condition. The newest 0nline oil monitoring systems are able to provide information about multiple critical aspects of the oil such as overall health, oxidation, total base number (TBN), contaminants such as soot and water, and more at a high level of sensitivity. These sensors are often bundled together with other technologies such as vibration, smart Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices, and data science, among others. Given the fact that oil quality and wear debris are mot static, consistent, or slow changing within assets, the continuous, real-time monitoring provided by online systems helps address some of the challenges associated with offline oil sampling and analysis.

Online oil monitoring has proven to be more accurate is identifying faulty gearboxes as compared to periodic offline oil samples. Research conducted by Poseidon Systems found that when using offline oil analysis, many faulty turbines actually showed signs of improving based on ISO cleanliness codes as concentration of debris reported by online sensors increased. Online monitoring allows for real-time observation of oil condition, allowing for adjustments to be made faster and prevention of further damage or catastrophic failure.

Furthermore, online oil quality monitoring is capable of trending many aspects of oil which allows for oil change optimization to be based on actual quality measurements rather than traditional time-based changes which often miss key events that impact oil’s remaining useful life. Download this whitepaper to learn more about how online oil quality monitoring systems can be applied to a number of different industries and serve as critical, cost saving tools which provide important information!

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