Pros and Cons of Different Types of Oil Leak Detection Sensors

Most industrial facilities, commercial institutions, and vehicle fleets and vessels require cohesive oil leak detection to prevent spills and leaks, which are not only hazardous but also incredibly wasteful.

However, several types of oil leak detection systems, namely sensors, ropes, control panels, and software, exist to identify spills and leaks, each with their own benefits and certain drawbacks.


Let’s take a look at these different sensors and understand each of their pros and cons for better insight:


Oil detection cables

Oil detection cables are one of the most popular leak detection tools available on the market, and for a good reason. They’re incredibly efficient and accurate, work exceptionally well for pipelines and narrower, deeper spaces, and have fast reaction time for instant response and detection. They’re also fast-drying, which makes storage easier.


They can be used to create a protective bund around certain types of equipment, as well as for unbounded pipelines and objects.


However, the biggest drawback of oil leak detection cables is that they’re quite expensive and require attachment to control panels, expert handlers, and technicians to operate them. Upon detecting a leak, the cable also becomes inoperable for a second leak, which means you’ll need multiple cables on hand.




Alternatively, probes are another popularly used method that is used in oil leak detection. They’re incredibly precise and work for oil, water, and other fluids. PermAlert’s probes also have hermetically sealed float switches designed to sense tank applications and leaks, making them an excellent choice for fuel tanks and vessel engines. They’re relatively easy to operate too, and since they’re more compact, they’re compatible with smaller spaces.


However, probes are prone to damage, especially in areas of high traffic and/or usage. They require careful handling and application, or else they run the risk of getting damaged and require expensive replacement or repairs.



Other than physical measures, it’s also useful to invest in software programs that are designed to perform diagnostic measures and configuration systems. They’ll alert you of any abnormalities and issues through changing levels and issues, but the software also receives its data via probes, detectors, and sensors, so you’ll need to ensure that complementary parts are functional as well. not to mention, the software requires extensive mechanical or engineering knowledge to be operated.


Oil leak detection systems play a crucial role in the safety and prevention of issues and hazardous accidents. They’re incredibly useful in commercial and industrial settings when producing or using oil as fuel and for vehicles and machinery where you might end up with spills and leaks.


Get in touch with PermAlert for oil leak sensor installation, choosing from their selection of products designed for maximum efficiency and early detection and leak prevention. You can schedule a consultation with them for more information.

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