- Easily used by ships maintenance staff right out of the box
- Instant indication of condition for motor bearings, gears, compressors, slewing rings, hoists, winches...
- Plan maintenance and have the spares available on time. Minimise off-hire and demurrage.
Asset Management Condition Monitoring
Using time, energy and resources without wastage and making assets work harder have become core components of our daily lives. Whatever industry we operate in, the direct correlation between uptime and revenue is indisputable.
The challenge is to employ the most effective tools to optimize efficiency and ultimately revenue streams. So what has changed over the last 10-15 years. That's quite simple and probably no surprise- technology has got better.
Off-Line - Slow to warn but most parameters - these are the typical Laboratory services that everyone is familiar with. Parker Kittiwake operate sampling logistics for the largest marine programmes and are familiar with the industry. Turnaround has become quicker, sample prices have been static for a long while now and additional services such as ferrography more widespread in their adoption.
On-Site - Timely warning, good options - these originally started as simple kits giving an indication of water and viscosity. They required manpower and gave basic results. Now many test are available where you can now approach or meet laboratory accuracy using semi-automated equipment such as the Analex FDM for Wear Metals and now FTIR3 for BN, Nitration, Oxidation, Water and Additive depletion. Equipment has also become more intuitive to use.
On-Line - Quickest warning, more limited parameters - ten years ago this did not really exist for anything other than flow, temperature and pressure. The range of tests available from Parker Kittiwake and others is ever expanding and includes Oil Condition, Water, Insolubles, Wear Metals, Particle Counting, Viscosity. Sensors are now reliable and rugged including ATEX versions for hazardous atmospheres and wireless, CAN or MODBUS communication protocol. In our opinion, On-Line is the future technological space to watch.