Improve your bottom line with condition monitoring
All operators worry about the same thing - the next outage that
puts your vessel out of commission. Millions of dollars are
invested every year into maintenance programs. State-of-the-art
condition monitoring systems like the Windrock 6400 can predict
and help prevent downtime and failures.
Performance monitoring can be described as the process of
gathering data from machinery to assess the overall operating
capacity of the system it is a part of. Data is compared either
against an existing database (trending) or a model (model-based)
to diagnose existing issues and show the beginning of wear and
tear on mechanical components.
With a need to provide workboat operators with better forms of
maintenance to forecast problems in an efficient and timely
manner, engineering professionals have started to apply this
technology to the maritime industry. The new 6400 by Windrock is
portable, lightweight and easy and efficient to set up. Data can
be collected from reciprocating and rotating machinery to trend,
vibration, ultrasonic, cylinder pressure and temperature. In this
capacity, the analyzer has been utilized to track vital pieces of
equipment like pipeline compressors, trains, pumps, reciprocating
engines and down to specific components like cylinders,
injectors, liners, bearings, valves, rings and crankshafts.
The Model 6400 Portable Analyzer can be set up based on the
vessel's machinery configuration in a short time frame with
virtually no downtime. Once the software is set up in the
analyzer, data collection can begin immediately and, within only
15 minutes, it could produce readings that can be analyzed. The
sensors are then positioned on the engines, gear boxes, frames
and cylinder heads for measurements.
Traditionally, scheduled maintenance programs have been the norm,
whereas mechanical elements are periodically checked based on
manufacturers' recommendations, similarly to how we take our cars
to get oil changes at recommended intervals. With the newer
technology emerging, such as these performance monitoring
systems, traditional methods of maintenance are being replaced by
predictive maintenance programs, thereby reducing budgets
Class has also recognized the inherent value in condition based
monitoring and has issued guidelines for implementing such
programs. Another benefit - with the switch from diesel to dual
fuel engines, enhanced monitoring will provide further
information on the mechanical health of the engines and the
condition of the control systems for the controlling of cylinder
pressures. Balancing of cylinder firing pressures large diesel
engines has been successfully used to control emissions, reduce
fuel costs and reduce the overall mechanical degradation of
mechanical components due to imbalance.
Besides the economic benefits to maintenance budgets condition
monitoring is also a cost effective way to be more "green," by
increasing and maintaining mechanical efficiency and
optimization. This is becoming increasingly important to
companies that own and operate these vessels.
What diesel engine condition monitoring boils down to, is working
smarter, rather than harder. And, as this technology is quickly
and continuously evolving, "smarter" is only going to get easier
and more economical for operators. The Model 6400 Analyzer can be
your one-stop shop when it comes to condition monitoring.
(As published in the March 2017 edition of Marine