Simultaneous testing first to prevent engine damage
A new analyser has been launched which can allow engineers to test seven parameters at once to help prevent engine damage.
The Parker Kittiwake ATR analyser simultaneously detects seven parameters including base number, total acid number, insolubles and water content of an oil sample, using a single sample in one test kit.
“By taking sophisticated spectroscopy technology out of the laboratory and bringing it straight to the engineers onboard in the form a simple, compact analyser, we can help the crew to maximise the operational efficiencies of their vessels whilst also preventing unplanned downtime and reducing costs,” said Larry Rumbol, marine condition monitoring manager, Parker Kittiwake.
Mr Rumbol said that frequent testing is essential to understanding the operating conditions in the system, allowing engineers to prevent unnecessary damage to critical and expensive engine components.
Until now, operators have required a suite of condition monitoring tools to determine the operational integrity of the system, testing for each potentially damaging element separately. This increases cost, the time needed to carry out the testing, along with the amount of equipment required.
The ATR analyser uses infrared spectroscopy to determine the presence of damaging elements such as solid particles or water in a representative sample of oil.
It requires no extensive sample preparation and does not utilise any wet chemistry, negating the hazards associated with chemical reagents, as well as the cost of transporting them around the world throughout the lifetime of the test kit.
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