Inventive Resources Inc.
The OILN2 removes oxygen and water from hydraulic oil reservoirs

OILN2 Removes Oxygen and Moisture from Hydraulic Oil Reservoirs

July 2, 2024
The OILN2 from Inventive Resources Inc. prevents the ingress of oxygen and moisture to maintain hydraulic system performance.

Inventive Resources Inc. has developed the OILN2 to prevent the oxidation of oil in hydraulic reservoirs by removing oxygen and moisture from the surrounding air. 

Key benefits of the OILN2 include: 

  • keeping hydraulic oil and equipment clean
  • reducing maintenance and replacement of filters
  • ease of installation by attached directly to the vent port of oil reservoirs
  • ability to be used with hydraulic oil or gear boxes from 1-1,000 gal. 

Improved Contaminant Removal Ensures Hydraulic System Performance

Water and other contaminants can cause major issues for hydraulic oil, which is critical to the performance of hydraulic systems. While the use of filters and dryers can help to remove them, others often still make it through, especially as these technologies start to reach the end of their useful life. 

According to Inventive Resources Inc., oil contamination causes over 85% of all hydraulic system failures. To help mitigate these, the company developed the OILN2 to prevent the ingression of unwanted elements into hydraulic oil.

OILN2 is a self-contained environmental apparatus which uses thermal conduction rod technology, or a 'heat pipe' to continually remove oxygen and wet air from a hydraulic reservoir and store it in a removable cartridge. As the company explains, this technology transfers heat energy from the hot humid air to ambient air, forming a cool spot that attracts water molecules and condensation to occur similar to water condensation on a bathroom mirro. A desiccant captures the water and an oxygen absorber captures oxygen molecules leaving behind, clean, dry inert nitrogen that reduces oil oxidation.

READ MORE: Why Water and Oil Don’t Mix—and What to Do About It

The unit can easily be attached directly to the vent port of oil reservoirs to provide a clean, closed unit in which the hydaulic oil is blanketed with nitrogen air to prevent contamination, emulsification, oxidation, rust, microbial activity, and other problems that are common in open reservoirs.

By eliminating the presence of contaminants, not only is hydraulic system performance assured but maintenance can be reduced as well because fewer filter changes will be necessary due to the lack of contaminants needing to be captured. 

Inventive Resources Inc. sees the OILN2 benefiting the hydraulics industry's use of higher pressures, closer tolerances and higher speeds to achieve greater levels of precision, all of which will require oil to be as clean as possible.

In addition to the original OILN2, the company has also developed a version for protecting electrical enclosures from environmental contaminants.

READ MORE about the technology behind the OILN2 in the article "Novel Device Seals Reservoirs from Ambient Environment."

About the Author

Sara Jensen | Executive Editor, Power & Motion

Sara Jensen is executive editor of Power & Motion, directing expanded coverage into the modern fluid power space, as well as mechatronic and smart technologies. She has over 15 years of publishing experience. Prior to Power & Motion she spent 11 years with a trade publication for engineers of heavy-duty equipment, the last 3 of which were as the editor and brand lead. Over the course of her time in the B2B industry, Sara has gained an extensive knowledge of various heavy-duty equipment industries — including construction, agriculture, mining and on-road trucks —along with the systems and market trends which impact them such as fluid power and electronic motion control technologies. 

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