Wärtsilä expands propulsion monitoring services

15 Sep 2014
Wärtsilä Propulsion Condition Monitoring Service is a solution for monitoring propulsion equipment

Wärtsilä Propulsion Condition Monitoring Service is a solution for monitoring propulsion equipment

Wärtsilä is expanding its Propulsion Condition Monitoring Service (PCMS), which was introduced in 2010, with two new editions – PCMS Starter and PCMS Professional.

The company’s PCMS is a solution for monitoring propulsion equipment that provides the customer with real-time advice and periodic reports concerning the condition of machinery and information for maintenance planning. With PCMS, customers are said to be able to enhance their installations’ availability, reliability and profitability, while reducing risks and maintenance costs.

"Since its introduction in 2010, we have installed more than 200 PCMS systems. We have now carefully analysed our customers' needs, changing business environment and classification requirements that have evolved over time,” said Frank Velthuis, manager, CBM Centre Propulsion.

“Based on all this information, we have developed the versions to meet the different customer needs," he added.

Both Professional and Starter versions of the solutions enable overhaul intervals to be extended and promote optimal condition of the equipment, says Wärtsilä. The Professional edition also provides long-term predictability in maintenance planning and is superior in terms of detecting potential failures. Typical applications include drilling, cable-laying, heavy lifting and seismic research operations.

The Starter edition is tailored for customers with a focus on reliability and reduction of operational costs. Typical applications for this include offshore supply, anchor handling, towing and diving support.

Wärtsilä says the need for certainty of operations and long-term maintenance planning is fulfilled with a new functionality – Dynamic Lifetime Prognosis (DLP). Wärtsilä says this can be used to determine when a thruster should be overhauled. It predicts the future reliability based on prior and expected usage, including load, RPM, lubrication oil temperature and contamination.

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