Frequently asked questions
What is an Oil Quality Sensor (OQS)?
The Oil Quality Sensor is the most advanced and accurate oil condition sensor available, the combined measurement of multiple chemical oil properties makes the sensor up to 60 times more sensitive than other oil condition sensors.
What does an Oil Quality Sensor measure?
The Oil Quality Sensor measures the chemical change (degradation) of the oil. These changes are caused by external influences on the oil. Such as water, dirt particles, temperature, load, useful life, oxidation, loss of additives, incorrect addition of oil, mixing with other liquids such as fuels.
How does Oil Quality Sensor work?
The sensor measures the electrochemical properties of the oil, all influences that can degrade the oil change these properties. Because of the accurate measurement, the smallest change is detected.
In which application can I use the Oil Quality Sensor?
The Oil Quality Sensor can be used in all applications where oil is an important part of the equipment.
In which oil can I apply the Oil Quality Sensor?
All oils are suitable mineral, (semi-) synthetic, bio-oil. The oil already in the equipment can simply be used, it does not need to be replaced for monitoring.
Do I need to calibrate the sensor after an oil change?
No, the sensor does not need to be calibrated after an oil change because it has a digital print. However, when changing the type of oil, a new digital print will have to be made.
How accurate is the Oil Quality Sensor?
Due to the combined measurement a difference of 10ppm (0.01%) can be detected. See this page for more details about accuracy.
Why is the Oil Quality Sensor the most accurate?
The sensor combines several types of measurements to determine the property of the oil. By combining these values with a digital fingerprint of the oil, this measurement is up to approximately 60x more accurate than sensors with single measurement or sensors without a digital printout.
Can I see what contamination I have in the oil?
The measurement does not indicate which pollution or degradation is the precise cause. The measurement is a combination of several factors and is the indicator for action. Pollution caused by e.g. copper, metal, water change the electrochemical properties.
What is the return on investment time (ROI) of the Oil Quality Sensor?
An investment in an Oil Quality Sensor has an average payback time of less than 1 year. Depending on the application, oil volume and maintenance schedule, a payback period of 7 months is possible.
What is oil condition monitoring?
Oil condition monitoring is the continuous and real-time monitoring of the oil condition in equipment or an installation.
What is oil condition?
Oil condition is the health of the oil used in equipment, factors that adversely affect this condition include dirt particles, water, dilution by other fluids, temperatures, poor filtration. Oil has a lifecycle. Oil degradation reduces the lifetime of oil.
To which equipment can OCM be applied?
Oil condition monitoring is applicable in all types of equipment, independent of application, size or use of the equipment.
Do I still need to do lab analyses?
Doing (in between) lab analyses is no longer necessary. As soon as the measured value gives an indication of a possible loss of oil condition, the advice is to do an analysis. The interim analysis (e.g. every 1000 hours) is no longer necessary.
What advantage can I achieve with oil condition monitoring?
By monitoring the real-time oil condition, several advantages can be realised: The first advantage is to use the oil to its maximum lifetime and not on the basis of useful life. As a result, a service life extension of up to 50% can be achieved, reducing the cost of oil replacement by 33%.
The second and potentially greatest benefit can be achieved by early warning of unexpected problems. This avoids unplanned (prolonged) downtime, which means that equipment remains in operation and can continue to be produced. The maintenance team can concentrate on planned maintenance instead of calamities.
How to save costs by installing the oil quality sensor?
Because oil only needs to be replaced when it has lost its lubricating and protective properties, the service life of the oil is longer than when it is replaced based on time indication. This saves oil, man-hours, materials and planned downtime. Time that the installation can run production. The sensor also offers the ability to detect unexpected rapid degradation due to influences and the ability to shut down the installation to prevent damage and unplanned downtime. We have created an online calculator tool for calculating the potential cost savings.