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Vectron's Viscosity Sensor Detects Oil Change in Gearbox
May 29, 2007
The low shear ViSmart™ viscosity sensor from Vectron International was recently used to collect real-time viscosity data in an oil-aging detection application. The testing, conducted by a major manufacturer of fluid management systems for industrial applications to determine repeatability and reproducibility, was carried out across the entire temperature spectrum ranging from 0–105°C for a gearbox-specified commercial oil and demonstrated that the ViSmart viscosity sensor detected change in oil condition as a function of viscosity to an accuracy and repeatability value of 1%. Vectron is working with the manufacturer to integrate the ViSmart sensor into its fluid management systems.
The low-shear ViSmart™ viscosity sensor uses robust and reliable semiconductor technology, has no moving parts, and is sealed for complete immersion. It is not affected by vibration or flow conditions, does not need field calibration and is packaged at 0.5" x 3" and 8 oz. The ViSmart™ low-shear sensor measures viscosity of fluid from 1 to 500 centipoise and is rated for temperatures up to 125°C in the standard package. Custom options and configurations are available for specific industry applications and process requirements.
When integrated with Vectron's eCup handheld viscosity sensor reader, the low- shear ViSmart model series can be connected to any computer platform via the standard USB port to provide a continuous audit trail for process monitoring markets.
Additionally, leveraging Vectron's PC ViscNet™ bench-top viscometer data station, the customer can acquire multiple channels of continuous viscosity, temperature and/or other physical data from up to four ViSmart or other physical sensors.