Oil level regulation and level measurement: The key to optimizing industrial systems

2024-03-04 Wiki, Products

In today's industrial landscape, the accurate measurement and regulation of oil levels play a crucial role in the efficiency, safety and reliability of equipment. Particularly in industries such as petrochemicals, power generation and mechanical engineering, precise oil level monitoring is essential to prevent breakdowns and maximize equipment life.

Oil level regulators are indispensable components in this respect. Their purpose is to maintain the oil level in a reservoir or system at a specific level. Modern regulators use advanced control techniques such as PID control to precisely monitor the oil level and adjust it according to the requirements of the system. This helps to reduce waste, improve energy efficiency and avoid breakdowns due to insufficient or excessive oil levels.
Level measurement, another important aspect, refers to the process of determining the level of a medium in a tank, container or reservoir. In applications where oil is used, accurate level measurement is critical to ensure that there is sufficient oil to keep the equipment operating while avoiding overfilling or underfilling that can lead to operational problems.

Traditional methods of level measurement include the use of float, pressure and ultrasonic sensors. However, these technologies have their own limitations in terms of accuracy, reliability and maintenance requirements. Therefore, many companies are turning to innovative solutions such as non-contact level sensors, radar and microwave technologies and IoT-based monitoring systems. These offer improved accuracy, reliability and remote monitoring capabilities, resulting in better reliability, reduced operating costs and longer equipment life.

One example of innovative solutions in the field of oil level regulation is the INT280 from KRIWAN. The INT280 monitors and regulates the oil level in refrigerant compressors and is used in compound systems with several reciprocating or scroll compressors connected in parallel. Adaptive oil replenishment from a common oil reservoir prevents problems caused by uneven oil throw in compound systems. In addition, the compressor is automatically switched off if the prescribed oil level cannot be ensured. The INT280 oil level regulator uses innovative technology to precisely monitor the fill level. With the help of an infrared LED, the regulator can determine whether the correct level is present. Due to the different refraction of the light on the glass cone, which is influenced by the oil or refrigerant, the regulator recognizes the fill level as too low or sufficient. The benefits of the KRIWAN INT280 oil level regulator are manifold and include increased operational readiness and safety, a reduction in unplanned downtime, proof of faulty operation (in the event of a complaint), rapid detection of critical conditions and fault analysis as well as comprehensive documentation and system management. The INT280 oil level controller enables you to record and save relevant operating data. For example, you can validate how often and for how long oil has been topped up or whether a compressor shutdown was necessary. The data can be accessed via the KRIWAN INTspector app or integrated into the system control via a Modbus gateway.

Effective oil monitoring is crucial for detecting potential problems at an early stage and taking preventative measures before breakdowns or malfunctions occur. This includes not only monitoring the oil level, but also analyzing oil composition, temperature, pressure and other relevant parameters. Modern monitoring systems use advanced sensor technologies and data analysis algorithms to enable comprehensive real-time monitoring of the oil system.
Overall, oil level regulators, level measurement, oil monitoring and advanced level measurement solutions are critical to the efficiency, safety and reliability of industrial equipment, especially in industries that use oil as an operating medium. By using modern technologies and intelligent monitoring systems, companies can optimize their operations, minimize downtime and increase competitiveness.

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