I ntelliStick Inc. recently completed a multi-month pilot program to evaluate its industrial intrusion and oil condition system in the challenging environment of paper mills. The program was conducted in conjunction with the Energy, Engineering and Maintenance Task Force of the Recycled Paperboard Technical Association.
Intrusion Detection & Oil Condition Monitoring:
A Paper Industry Pilot Program
by Dan Edney, PhD & Sam Jones, IntelliStick Inc.
Technical Contributions by: RPTA Energy, Engineering & Maintenance Task Force Pilot Program Participants
A Pilot Program by IntelliStick Inc. and the Energy, Engineering and Maintenance Task Force of the Recycled Paperboard Technical Association evaluated the IntelliStick Intrusion & Oil Condition system in paper mill environments. For a period of five months in 2009, a total of five instruments were employed in three mills. The instruments were installed on two bearing lubrication systems, a pulper gearbox, and two generator engine oil reservoirs. This IntelliStick Pilot Program Report concludes that the IntelliStick system reliably detects water intrusion, in addition to oil condition and temperature, in real time using a single sensor. The sensor must be installed in a location where the water is emulsified to detect it—water that has settled out away from the sensor location is not detected. The Intellistick system is relativily inexpensive and easy to install. The information provided by the IntelliStick system has less detail than oil lab reports. Although IntelliStick is not seen as a replacement for lab analysis, it provides the advantage of real-time immediacy. This program also identified a limitation in the communications; accordingly Intellistick has added a 4-20mA communications option to better integrate with plant monitoring systems. This evaluation concludes that the system is cost-effective in providing information for condition-based maintenance programs, helping protect critical equipment and assure maximum up-time. Since the completion of the trial, all of the participating mills have purchased more units.
IntelliStick is a real-time electronic intrusion and oil condition monitor for oil management and maintenance in industrial manufacturing and plant process operations, as well as in diesel and gasoline vehicles, heavy equipment, trucks. IntelliStick products are based on a patented technology developed military and use a single sensor to continuously monitor oil wear package depletion, oil and detect intrusion.
The Recycled Paperboard Technical Association (RPTA) is a nonprofit association that brings together the expertise of more than 100 paper mills worldwide that manufacture products from at least 90 percent recovered fiber. RPTA is dedicated to the improvement of the recycled paperboard industry.