Thruster monitoring - cuts costs and downtime

The risk of unexpected downtime and associated costs can be minimized through the early detection of thruster condition deviation.

As one of the leading condition monitoring providers, SKF provides a full range of marine condition-based maintenance solutions to help operators maximize fleet availability. SKF has significant knowledge and experience in the area of thrusters, supported by decades of close collaboration with OEMs and end-users.

Drawing on this expertise, SKF Thruster Monitoring was developed to help ensure maximum customization and integration possibilities for both thruster builders and end-users. This monitoring solution is based on enabling the potential monitoring of a wide range of data, including vibration, lubrication, process and electrical functions.

This capability, combined with certified data analysis services available from ISO-certified vibration analysis specialists from SKF worldwide, creates a unique value-adding option for market leaders in the marine industry, supporting their goal of achieving an approved condition-based maintenance programme.

Monitoring based on the user’s needs

The SKF Thruster Monitoring solution is fully customized and based on a range of criteria: the specific thruster builder and end-user needs and requirements; actual thruster arrangement and design; monitoring purpose (e.g. class or reliability driven); and class agency requirements.

Ranging from basic but effective solutions based on portable data collection to complete on-line system installations integrating vibration, lubricant and process data, installations are tailored according to specific needs and include parts of or all of the following components:
  • Reliability engineering (based on ship type, class, thruster arrangement and design)
  • Condition monitoring hardware/software selection (based on specific customer and class requirements)
  • Service delivery – installation and commissioning
  • Analysis and reporting
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