Automatic Oil Mist System for the Petrochemical Industry Case Study
Oil mist systems present an attractive alternative both to grease and to circulating oil systems.
Sponsored by: Bill Spitzer and Associates

Oil mist lubrication began in the United States around the early 1900s. Originally, it was used in the steel industry and made its way into the refining, petrochemical and paper markets. A client of Bill Spitzer and Associates was dealing with computer atomization and redundant sensor issues, which had been trending since the 1990s for the oil mist market. Oil mist is a straightforward process made by combining instrument air, or nitrogen, with oil through a venturi nozzle. The system will make mist while these three components are present and operating properly. Some reoccurring settings and ancillary component problems with the customer were air heater, oil heater, alarms and automatic oil refill that has a high and low setting. The client wanted to eliminate the overly technical alarming capabilities that signaled regulated air flow, mist density and oil refill speed. For this circumstance, the equipment had antiquated components with parts that the manufacturer no longer provided. Moreover, the constant triggering of alarms was a nuisance and caused employees to ignore the constant signals from faulty components.

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