Monitoring Lubricant Oil Tanks with Senix ToughSonic Sensors

Automotive lubricants are used to limit friction between the moving parts of a machine in order to reduce the amount of heat generated. An increase in demand for automotive lubricants is associated with the fact that lubricants extend the average age of vehicles by enhancing and maintaining the efficiency of the engine.

There is currently growth in the lubricant market due to an increased demand for engine oils, brake fluids and transmission fluids in both consumer and commercial automobiles.

Over the next 5-10 years, the demand for engine oil in diesel trucks, light duty trucks, passenger cars and motorcycles is expected to drive the expansion of the global automotive lubricants industry.

Monitoring Lubricant Oil Tanks with Senix ToughSonic Sensors

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It is anticipated that the move towards green derivatives will be another strong accelerant pushing the market forward into the future as well. The visible presence of regulatory associations, such as the EPA and REACH, is expected to help the general bio-based lubricants market.

The rising middle-classes, urbanization and growing disposable income in developing countries have resulted in a greater demand for passenger cars and increased sales. The economic growth in such regions has seen progress in trade, resulting in further growth across the transportation sector.

The combination of these factors has led to a global rise in the consumption of lubricants.

Asia Pacific is the leading region for lubricant consumption, and the Asia Pacific automotive industry is expected to see exceptional growth levels up until 2025 and maybe beyond, owing to an acceleration in economic development, mega construction projects and a population boom.

Senix ToughSonic 14 Ultrasonic Level Sensor

Senix ToughSonic 14 Ultrasonic Level Sensor. Image Credit: Senix Corporation

KAS Control Co. Ltd. has closely collaborated with a major industrial company in Thailand that utilizes the Senix ToughSonic 14 Level Sensor for the monitoring of numerous Lubricant Oil tanks prior to filling. Each day, the levels of Lubricant Oil are monitored closely and fed directly into an inventory control system.

Monitoring Lubricant Oil Tanks with Senix ToughSonic Sensors

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Previously, this company made use of float sensors. However, due to the harsh environment, they generated inaccurate results, which led to the need for an increase in accuracy.

The Senix ToughSonic sensors have been assembled in 316 stainless steel housings, with interior heavy duty electronics and PUR jacked cables that are potted and protected.

Not only are the Senix ToughSonic 14 sensors extremely accurate, but they also measure the level of lubricant oil in a 2-meter-high horizontal tank with great consistency while being easy to configure for each application. The parabolic shape of the company’s tank generated a significant amount of echo when close to empty.

Monitoring Lubricant Oil Tanks with Senix ToughSonic Sensors

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Consequently, the sensors were configured with SenixVIEW software, meaning the customer could easily set a low 1 Hz update rate, thereby preventing such echo.

The sensor output is sent through RS-485 serial communications to a Siemens S7-1500 PLC and Simatic HMI for display

The Sensor output is sent through RS- 485 serial communication to a siemens S7-1500 PLC and simatic HMI for display. Image Credit: Senix Corporation

This information has been sourced, reviewed and adapted from materials provided by Senix Corporation.

For more information on this source, please visit Senix Corporation.

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