The Evolution of Visual Oil Analysis
The ability to check the oil level of a machine has evolved since the introduction of the dipstick.
While checking the dipstick would give you an idea of the oil level, it also exposed the oil to moisture and other environmental contaminants. Eventually, the introduction of glass and metal sight windows gave users the ability to visually confirm oil levels, but their limited viewing angle and tendency to stain made oil monitoring very difficult, if not impossible. The short-falls of these devices inspired the creation of superior solutions.
- 3-D acrylic sight windows provide a magnified view of oil levels, making them clearly visible from a distance or any angle
- Oil level indicators are precision machined acrylic columns which install on the drain port and show an accurate level of fluid inside the reservoir. These can be vented or installed in a closed-loop to prevent contaminants from entering oil.
- Oil sight glasses collect free flowing water from the oil. Once accumulated, the water can be easily discharged by opening the drain valve.
- Oil sight glass level monitors not only show the level of oil in a reservoir, but they also collect free-flowing water which can then be drained by the user.
Visual oil analysis helps you, at a quick glance, examine your equipment’s oil. Maintaining the proper oil level will add years of life to your equipment and safe countless dollars in repairs and unscheduled downtime.
Tip provided by:
Chris Haught, VOA Product Line Manager
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