SKF strikes Floatel service deal

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SKF will provide condition-based maintenance to Floatel International’s floating accommodation and offshore personnel platforms under a new global service agreement.

Floatel International aims to increase the service interval for its thrusters, used for dynamic positioning. By extending the maintenance interval from five to seven years, the company will have greater flexibility over docking schedules.

SKF said that its condition-based maintenance will allow the customer ease of access, as well as the ability to coordinate maintenance with a dockyard visit. Using a condition-based system can also help to reduce the costs associated with dismantling the thrusters over the lifetime of the platform.

"This strategic agreement is an important development for SKF and our technology for condition-based maintenance within the marine industry," says Anders Welin, business engineer at SKF.

Floatel International's state-of-the-art service vessels can accommodate over 400 beds, around 70 work stations and more 2,000 m² of working deck space with cranes and service equipment.

SKF will equip each thruster on the platform with SKF Multilog IMX-M, its online system for monitoring complex rotating machinery. The system communicates with the platform's internal control system, providing early notification about vibrations and temperatures that exceed established control limits. All data will be stored and analysed on a monthly basis by SKF using its Aptitude Observer software, while the SKF Results Reporter programme will communicate recommended actions to Floatel.

"This global agreement creates new opportunities for expanding the programme to include more of the system's critical mechanical elements," said Welin.

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