All for the sake of efficiency

01 Jan 2000

Establishing agreed performance standards may prevent manufacturers from making misleading claims.

Proving that one machine is better than another has often been fraught with difficulties. Yet it has always been important in business to be seen to do precisely that. For some machines this is not a problem. Radars for example, have clearly defined performance parameters rendering arguments in this area futile.

For other bits of equipment, such as separators, the issue is more of a challenge. There are three main suppliers to the marine industry; Alfa Laval, Westfalia and Mitsubishi Kakoki Kaisha (MKK) each of which believes its machines are superior in performance to its competitors. However, since there are no universally accepted standards, the argument is based on claim and counter-claim.

Recently a series of tests was conducted by Alfa Laval in conjunction with BP. This was primarily aimed at determining the effect of used lubricating oils (ULO) on HFO during separation. As part of

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