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SKF Thruster Monitoring launched for marine and offshore

2012 July 19, 09:00 GMT

SKF has announced the availability of SKF Thruster Monitoring, an integrated and flexible condition-based maintenance (CBM) solution for propulsion and positioning thrusters (tunnel and azimuthing thrusters) in the marine and offshore industries. The solution enables the end-user to operate the vessel with more thruster reliability and with greater profitability.

SKF Thruster Monitoring is applicable for both ship operators and thruster manufacturers, and for aftermarket and new build installations. The solution can be used for all makes and types of thrusters across various sectors of the marine industry.  SKF Thruster Monitoring is based on the proven range of SKF condition monitoring products and services, including robust on-line technology for vibration, lubricant and data monitoring. Services available include turnkey installation, commissioning, remote data analysis and reporting, as well as suggested reliability improvements based on the monitored results.

"There is a clear desire and trend to integrate existing separate systems on board a vessel. The SKF Thruster Monitoring solution combines all required information in one system, which can be integrated with both the thruster and ship management systems," says Gerald Rolfe, SKF Marine Executive Business Manager.

SKF Thruster Monitoring supports ship operators in achieving classification agency CBM requirements, as well as providing the basis for proactive maintenance and operational decisions based on actual thruster condition. Benefits include extended class survey intervals, reduced need for dry-docking, reduced risk of failures and improved ship availability.

SKF has been providing condition monitoring services to the marine industry for many years, and has to date equipped over 200 propulsion and positioning thrusters worldwide. The marine industry continuously demands reduced dry-docking and higher availability of ships and the need for condition monitoring is increasing. SKF's specialized thruster monitoring solution serves the entire marine industry value chain.

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