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Meet VitalyX: Real-Time Ingenuity
Baker Hughes proudly presents: VitalyX--a lubricating oil monitoring platform that persists in real-time, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. It doesn't stop after simple oil testing, but goes above and beyond to enable important and uninterrupted trend analyses to identify subtle changes in performance. What else? VitalyX uses enhanced algorithms and machine learning to create a picture of a machine's health and prevent asset loss.
- Holistic views of the entire fleet that clearly identifies alerts and alarms displaying where potential problems may exist
- Drill-downs to get a deeper understanding from a system level of individual assets and their performance
- Intuitive charts broadcasting live data from each asset, and historical information to provide trend analysis and context
- Dashboards that are fully customizable by the user to set an indicating alarm and alert threshold levels
Condition-Based Monitoring: Understanding Asset Health
- Traditional maintenance involves interventions based upon time or cycles of use. Often this is either ineffective or inefficient.
- Condition based monitoring requires accurate insights into the current state of the assets.
- VitalyX is designed to give you that accurate and detailed insight.
Lubrication Oil Remaining Life – Optimize Oil Life Cycles
- For lubrication oil to be truly effective, it needs to go through a ‘breaking-in’ period. Too often, operators replace or modify the oil before it reaches this stage.
- VitalyX uses machining learning to predict the useful life of a lubrication oil, which not only pushes out service intervals, but ensures that the oil performance is optimized.
Real-Time Data – Seamless Live Data
- The VitalyX system connects sensors deployed within each asset to a cloud based interactive dashboard.
- The intuitive dashboard gives a clear view into potential issues that may occur in any asset, with simple and configurable alarms and alerts.
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VitalyX – Measurement Parameters
Water, Fuel and Salt Water Dilution
- Water induces base oil oxidation, severely compromises additives, and interferes with oil film production, which is detrimental to an asset
- Fuel dilution compromises the concentration of oil additives, their effectiveness, and alludes to internal leakage
- Saltwater causes significantly more issues than freshwater and signifies a compromised seal–a small amount of highly saline water can lead to catastrophic failure
- Excessive soot can lead to an increase in viscosity, lower combustion efficiency and jeopardize key components
- Glycol contamination can result in wear rates 10x greater than water contamination alone and can indicate severe asset failure
- TBN is an important indicator of a lubricant’s health and can be used to estimate where the lubricant is in its life cycle. It also determines an oil’s ability to neutralize acids that are produced during use.
- As oil is used, it becomes contaminated with acids resulting in the base number dropping over time. As a result, TAN compliments TBN in tracking the remaining useful life of oil.
- Viscosity is an important indicator of a lubricant’s ability to protect a system from wear and tear
- Microscopic metallic particles can lead to catastrophic failures in systems such as generators, engines and gearboxes
- Due to the fluid’s dielectric properties changing with temperature, it is important that the Sensor Bank incorporates temperature measurement
Density & Dielectric
- Density and dielectric sensing uses a single mechanical resonant sensor with capacitance measurement and is well known with an established range of capabilities