The modern oil monitoring system has turned out to be among some of the most useful recent inventions in the manufacturing and automobile industry. Mainly because both these industries heavily relied on the use of lubricants or industrial oils. These lubricants are used in many types of machinery like hydraulics and even engines. In this respect, traditional oil monitoring practices were ineffective and too costly. There was limited credibility of conventional oil monitoring practices, and often the oil was changed too early or too late, which restricted the lubricants’ full potential and efficiency.

This blog entry will discuss briefly the primary checks performed by modern oil monitoring systems. Contemporary oil monitoring systems have several checks and tests that create an idea about where the lubricant has reached in its life cycle. Through these checks, you can get an excellent idea if the oil needs to be changed or if it can be used for some more time. We have shortlisted the four most relevant and useful oil monitoring checks that help industries use their lubricants efficiently.


The most important and perhaps the most technical check that’s performed by an oil monitoring system is to check the electric conduction properties of the lubricant. If the electrical conductivity is high, the oil is good to go. If the conductivity is low, it means that the oil has a high amount of contaminants present in it. Therefore, when the oil has low electrical conduction, it needs to be replaced or appropriately filtered so it can be used again or for an extended period. This test can also be conducted with the help of sensors that are found in the automated oil monitoring systems.

Mechanical Properties

The second most crucial check conducted by the oil monitoring system is to check the mechanical properties of the lubricant. Some sensors help identify the density of the lubricant when it’s sloshing around in the oil monitoring system. The density and the thickness of the oil are checked to make sure it serves the purpose of reducing friction and absorbing heat while the lubricant is in use.

Soot Concentration

Soot concentration is the third check done in the oil monitoring system. A sample of the oil is collected, and the amount of impurities or contaminants is checked, which is found in the form of soot concentration in the oil. Depending upon the machinery and the industry, different soot concentration levels are acceptable for the lubricant to have. In case the soot concentration levels are increased, the oil has to be changed as quickly as possible.

Presence Of Water

Water vapours are common in lubricants that are used for an extended time. It is for these reasons the oil monitoring systems check the level of water present in the oil. Water is a severe contaminant as it initiates the oxidation process, which in turn damages the machinery internally. All of these checks combine to create the modern oil monitoring system, and have raised the level of efficiency of lubricants in various industries saving money, time and many more resources.

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