Contributing Re.engineer: David Small, Gill Sensors & Controls (www.gillsc.com CHALLENGE
Inductive Oil debris sensor detects early signs of component breakdown in speed reducer preventing mechanical failure and avoiding costly downtime. Gill Sensors’ oil debris sensor has been installed into a leading multinational engineering manufacturers speed reducer gearbox to detect metallic particles directly affecting the gearbox condition. The widely recognized manufacturer required a reliable solution that would alert the machines operators of potential maintenance issues before catastrophic failure occurred. The company had been using vibration monitoring.
SOLUTION Gill’s debris sensor has been fitted into the bottom of the reducer drain sump to monitor the accumulation of circulating ferrous metallic debris to improve the mechanical failure rate and maintenance of the system.
The sensor features solid-state induction technology to determine the amount and magnitude of debris build-up to a high degree of accuracy. Using a strong internal magnet to attract ferrous particles to the sensors face, both fine and coarse debris can be detected inside the reducer’s lubrication system.
The inductive sensor is operational in temperatures from -40°C to +150°C providing operators with unprecedented real-time collection of contamination and debris data inside the reducer.