Magnetic Oil Level Gauges

Magnetic Oil Gauges 1

Product Range

Magnetic Oil Level Gauges - Product Range

Type∅Ds∅D1O-Ring∅D2LN˚ HolesWeightR Standard
LA14014024125OR 186 (6362)724561,9 kgmax 370mm
LA22022024190OR 22111,532582,9 kgmax 550mm


Description and General Specifications

The magnetic oil level gauges serve the purpose of visually indicating the oil level in a tank or in a conservator of oil filled transformers. This instrument is composed of a disc indicator (or a red pointer) behind a dial frame and a float linked to said indicator by means of a magnetic field of force.

The indicator disc is for one half enamelled white and, for the other half, red. Alternatively the colour proportion visible through the dial glass indicates the respective level position, whilst the dial face is marked at minimum and maximum oil level and at level corresponding to 20°C and 85°C (on demand other markings are available).

The oil level indicator’s float follows the oil level fluctuations thus causing a permanent magnet to be shifted in turn. This last is connected, by means of a magnetic field of force, to another magnet located into the external part of the oil level indicator casing. The rotation of the internal magnet will cause, on its turn, the rotation of the external magnet which is integrally fitted to the disc indicator / red pointer. The magnetic joint consents to the two-colour disc / red pointer to be not immersed in the oil but separated from it by an oil tight partition which is cast integrally to the instrument’s body. When the conservator oil level is at its minimum there is visible within the dial only the red portion of the indicator disc, whilst an oil level increase will progressively bring into prominence the white portion of the indicator disc.

The gauge may be provided with one, two or four microswitches for signalling of minimum and/or and maximum oil level.

Casing : weather proof light metal alloy, stove enamel finished, suitable for outdoor mounting

Protection degree : IP 54.

Microswitches making & breaking capacity :

  • 3A 125/250V AC (resistive)
  • 0,5A 125V DC for inductive load L/R= 40ms
  • 0,25A 250V for inductive load L/R= 40ms

Insulation test : 2000V 50Hz between terminals and earth for a 60 sec. time.

Working temperature : all the magnetic oil level gauge are suitable for working with:
– oil temperature between -25°C / + 120°C
– ambient temperature between -25°C /+ 60°C

Float movement : this may be in the radial direction (type ìBî) or in the axial direction (type ìAî)

Operating Instructions and Maintenance

OIL LEVEL INDICATORS type LA – radial float
Must be fitted offset with respect to the horizontal axis of the conservator ( distance “S” in the figure ) in order to have an exact indication of the minimum and maximum oil level. To calculate S use the formula :
S=(0,5DC- 40) x 0,577 DC= conservator diameter dimensions =mm.
The length of the float stem = R can be calculateted by using the formula :
R=(0,5DC -10) x 1,15 DC=conservator diameter dimensions =mm.

OIL LEVEL INDICATORS type LB – axial float
Must be mounted exactly in the centre of the conservator and the length of the float stem = R can be calculateted by using the formula : R=(0,5DC -10) x 1,15 DC=conservator diameter dimensions =mm. Maintenance : On regular basis check the functionality of the device by manually rotating the indicator disc thus verifying the correct commutation of the contacts. The manual rotation must be made very slowly to avoid disconnection of the magnetic field !
Being the transparent made of polycarbonate, when cleaning use a soft cloth and soapy water.

Finished Product Quality Control Tests

Hydraulic test for tightness for the body : the aluminium alloy casing is filled with oil at the temperature of 90°C and at the pressure of 300 kpa. After 8 hours no leakages must be observed. The same test is carried out for float.

Dimensional check.

Hydraulic test for tightness of the finished gauge : the test is carried out by mounting the oil level gauge on a tank filled with oil at the temperature of 90°C and at the pressure of 200 kpa. Said test lasts 4 hours. During this period no oil leakage is admitted.

Manual and hydraulic inspection of the electric contacts actuation : this test is carried out both on minimum and maximum levels circuits. Itís performed by means of visual indicators mounted on a panel-board.

Check of instrument mechanical protection degree : IP 55.

Isolation test : carried out by means of a microprocessor controlled testing unit.