GL and SKF develop machinery condition monitoring software

26 May 2011

Germanischer Lloyd’s GL Maritime Software subsidiary has developed a dedicated condition-based maintenance software for machinery - GL MachineryManager – to help the industry cut downtime and costs.

The company says that scheduled but unnecessary maintenance results in lost ship and man hours. Continuous condition monitoring of machinery onboard merchant vessels helps to control and benchmark equipment performance. Integration of assessment results from vibration monitoring technologies provided by SKF for rotating auxiliary machinery ensures greater depth to the results and analysis.

By combining visual inspection results with online and offline condition measurement GL MachineryManager creates a single monitoring platform for different application purposes. Equipment conditions can be monitored fleet wide and alerts enable operators to decide how and when to take appropriate action. Crews benefit from graphical support of monitored items and guidance for inspection routes and approaches. Measurements and recordings are easily transferred to a central database onshore.

Torsten Kappel, product manager GL Maritime Software, said: "We are convinced that this cooperation will provide additional value to our clients' condition-based maintenance quality. The integration between SKF and GL Maritime Software technologies will increase the condition monitoring capabilities of a vessel's machinery significantly."

Christian Klinger, key account manager SKF Marine Industry, is also convinced of the software's advantages and looks forward to a fruitful cooperation of the two companies: "SKF looks to provide our customers with advanced and integrated solutions. We highly appreciate the cooperation with GL Maritime Software".

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