SenGenuity Announces New ViSmart Viscosity Sensor Capabilities

HUDSON, NH /PRNewswire/ -- SenGenuity, the sensors and advanced packaging division of Vectron International, a leader in the design, manufacture, and marketing of frequency control, sensor, and hybrid product solutions, announced that its ViSmart viscosity sensors are now able to correlate to data acquired from lab instrumentation for challenging, real-time, in-line oil-condition monitoring applications. In today's market, significant legacy data and industry standards require that sensor readings be equivalent to those obtained by lab methods. This latest capability ensures that customers can obtain lab-compatible results from the ViSmart sensor in line and real time for in-situ viscosity measurements, complimenting lab measurements and analysis methods.

"Measuring the viscosity of oil is a rapid method of determining oil condition, and is universally considered to be one of the key parameters in assessing asset readiness," said Kerem Durdag, Director of Business Development, SenGenuity. "By successfully creating correlation functions that relate our ViSmart sensor data to ASTM lab viscometer data, SenGenuity has clearly demonstrated that its solid-state, real-time, in-line viscosity sensor can trend and track viscosity data in a similar fashion to a lab tool, with accuracy levels ranging from 91% to 99%, as compared with an industry-standard lab viscometer."

SenGenuity obtained the constants in the interpolation function between kinematic viscosity and ViSmart's native unit of measurement, acoustic viscosity. SenGenuity used the sensor to obtain a functional dependence of the constants on shear rate of each oil tested, which included mineral and synthetic oils for engine, turbine, hydraulic, and gear applications. The results were a look-up function that allowed an oil viscosity (kinematic, dynamic, or acoustic) to be interpolated at temperature and shear rate. For each oil, a pair of correlation functions converting between the measured acoustic viscosity and interpolated kinematic viscosity were evaluated. The R2 of the correlation for individual oils and groups of oils were determined.

"This successful correlation enables SenGenuity to provide our customers with the necessary tools to create their own correlation functions, allowing them to map the data set to their legacy database and use our sensor for their applications," said Shravan Jumani, Product Manager, SenGenuity. "Our customers can now determine that our ViSmart viscosity sensors not only operate at repeatable shear rates but also that the operating shear rates are relevant to the assets being lubricated under normal operating conditions."

SenGenuity's breakthrough ViSmart viscosity sensor compliments IR spectroscopy and other bulk property sensors and provides instantaneous online viscosity and temperature data; has no moving parts, with an extremely wide operating range; and offers universal plug-n-play connectivity for integration with and into other handheld products. The sensor has been tested in commercial- and military-specified oils to establish a correlation function between the ASTM methods–acquired data set and the sensor-generated viscosity values. The correlation functions can be stored on any handheld for automatic conversion. The ViSmart viscosity sensor is currently installed in commercial markets, such as machine-tool oil monitoring and coating applications in rigorous environments, where ROI benefits have been realized.

The ViSmart model series can be connected to any computer or control platform via the standard protocols, the VisConnect transmitter and the forthcoming CANBUS option to provide a continuous audit trail for process monitoring markets to control operating costs and maintain quality standards. Additionally, customers can leverage SenGenuity's starter kit bench-top viscometer data station to acquire multiple channels of continuous viscosity and temperature data.

For more information on the ViSmart sensor please contact SenGenuity's fluid sensors sales team at 603-578-4077. For more information on other acoustic wave sensors from Vectron, please contact a customer service representative at 1-88-VECTRON-1.

About SenGenuity
SenGenuity, an operating division of Vectron International, is a leading provider of breakthrough sensor solutions and products. As part of its growing product portfolio, SenGenuity delivers to customers innovative solutions for measuring the condition of fluids in challenging, embedded environments by coupling its state-of-the-art precision sensor solutions with Vectron's surface and bulk acoustic wave technology. Further, Sengenuity is leveraging its core competencies in acoustic wave technology, along with extensive experience in radio frequency, signal conditioning, embedded system electronics design, and advanced-packaging technologies to drive the development of breakthrough solutions for gas- and physical-sensing applications. Dedicated to taking a leadership role in the $50 billion sensor market, SenGenuity is continually designing and manufacturing innovative sensing solutions that can be used across a broad range of industries, and are rapidly becoming the new standard for performance and reliability in critical data-gathering applications.

About Vectron International
Vectron International is a world leader in the design, manufacture, and marketing of frequency control, sensor, and hybrid product solutions. Vectron solves complex timing, filtering, and sensor challenges by delivering customized solutions that speed time to market and offer low total cost of ownership. Vectron uses the latest techniques in both bulk acoustic wave– and surface acoustic wave–based designs, from DC to microwave frequencies. Committed to the industry's highest quality service standard and complete satisfaction, Vectron International leverages its global footprint and 50 years of experience to help customers achieve competitive differentiation and improve their bottom line. Vectron International is headquartered in Hudson, NH, and has operating facilities and sales offices in North America, Europe, and Asia.

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