HydraForce, Tan Delta Systems in sensing partnership
By Mike Brezonick26 October 2022
HydraForce, the Lincolnshire, Ill.-headquartered manufacturer of hydraulic valves and manifolds, has partnered with Tan Delta Systems, a UK-based manufacturer of oil quality monitoring sensors and systems, to provide real-time data about machine oil quality and expand its capabilities within the telematics market.
“We’re constantly looking for innovative ways to help our customers monitor their equipment and share valuable insights to manage their fleet more efficiently, reduce service costs and improve uptime,” said Russ Schneidewind, director of Business Development at HydraForce. “This partnership allows us to offer a state-of-the-art oil conditioning sensor that can be easily incorporated into the design of a manifold assembly using HydraForce cartridge valves to continuously monitor oil conditions.”
The Tan Delta sensor works by providing a full-spectrum holistic (FSHTM) oil quality analysis, which continuously monitors the ratio of two key measurements ‒ capacitance and conductance ‒ to provide a real-time measurement (permittivity). The sensor technology enables users to observe any changes within the oil composition, including signs of contamination or abnormalities in the oil chemistry.
“By combining the electronic controller architecture with telematics, users will have access to real-time data and ongoing alerts of oil conditions,” said Jason Sharpe, head of Customer Services at Sheffield-based Tan Delta Systems. “This will help prevent excessive wear of hydraulic components and catastrophic failures that can occur when machines are in operation, resulting in increased productivity and reduced machine downtime and maintenance costs.”
Through accurate monitoring of oil health, maintenance scheduling can also be optimized as equipment is serviced only when required, HydraForce said. Unexpected changes in the oil condition can be immediately reported and detected, which can extend the life of equipment and machine health.
HydraForce’s new technology is ideal for use in a variety of industries where high-value equipment requires a reliable oil condition monitoring system to ensure maximum equipment uptime, including agriculture, construction, material handling and mining.
This news follows HydraForce’s recent partnership with Elevāt IoT. As part of the Elevāt IoT subscription with HydraForce, operators use an application that can be paired with the Tan Delta oil conditioning sensor. This application will visualize data and provide customized alerts to inform the operator or owner when hydraulic fluids require maintenance.
HydraForce has announced a partnership with UK-based Tan Delta Systems to provide real-time data about oil quality in construction, agricultural, material handling and mining equipment. (Photo: Tan Delta Systems)