Gill Sensors & Controls recently introduced its new Oil Debris Sensor to provide continuous real-time monitoring of particle contamination in hydraulic and engine oil lubrication systems. The new sensor can trigger an immediate shutdown in cases of large particle build-up or an early warning indication for needed maintenance.

Typical applications include monitoring industrial gearboxes, diesel engines, motorsports, marine, power generation, automotive systems, wind turbine gearboxes, helicopter gearboxes and other industrial applications.

Unlike typical on-line particle counters and contamination sensors on the market, Gill's Oil Debris Sensor incorporates a powerful, high-temperature neodymium magnet that collects debris and keeps it from recirculating through the system, thereby eliminating the possibility of further damage to components.

With two independent channels for particle detection — one for fine metallic debris and the other for larger metallic debris — the sensor offers real-time information on the health of mechanical components that are most reliant on hydraulic lubrication systems.

"Engineers will find the new sensor invaluable for providing an accurate picture of particle accumulation throughout their entire lubrication system," says Paul Cain, manager of business development for Gill Sensors North America. "With this type of malfunction 'safeguard,' engineers and maintenance managers now have much better control over system operation and costs."

Featuring solid-state technology with no moving parts, the sensor operates at temperatures from minus 40 degrees C to 150 degrees C and works independently of oil flow rate, temperature, viscosity, oil color or air and water content.

For more information, visit www.gillsc.com.