Real- Time Fluid Properties
The FPA is a novel fluid property sensor that will directly and simultaneously measure the viscosity, density, dielectric constant and temperature of fluids. Relying on patented tuning fork technology, the sensor monitors the direct and dynamic relationship between multiple physical properties to determine the quality, condition and contaminant loading of fluids such as engine oil, fuel, transmission and brake fluid, hydraulic and gear oils, refrigerants and solvents. The multi- parametric analysis capability improves fluid characterization algorithms. The FPA provides in-line monitoring of fluids for a wide range of OEM and End-User installations including fluid reservoirs, process lines and pressurized high flow conduits (e.g., chemical feed, process loops) for applications that include on and off highway vehicles, refrigeration circuits (HVAC&R), compressors, oil & gas refining, commodity and fine chemical processes (e.g.) distillates), industrial equipment and turbines. The FPA supports the dominant communication interface (e.g. digital CAN J 1939 compliant, Modbus 32 over RS- 485 protocols) to simplify and enable "plug and play" connectivity with host computers, DCS and SCADA systems.