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SKF digitisation solutions help to increase rotating equipment performance for BP North Sea

Onsite data collecting with an SKF Microlog
Onsite data collecting with an SKF Microlog

2018 April 24, 09:00 GMT

SKF’s cloud-based analytics will help BP maximise the use of condition monitoring data to improve plant reliability.

SKF has signed a three-year, multi-million-pound contract with BP to supply condition monitoring services to its UK offshore assets.

As well as collecting data from a range of rotating equipment – including fans, motors and generators – SKF will provide analytics, reports and recommendations to better inform BP’s decisions around efficient and effective use of equipment.

Anecdotal evidence suggests just 1% of offshore operators use the vast volume of data they collect to aid their decision-making process.

The contract is already capturing and documenting significant efficiency gains through close collaboration between the BP and SKF teams.

Ian Peverill, Head of Service at SKF said: “Using accurate data to drive decision-making and avoid repeat issues is good for our clients and for the industry as a whole. Ultimately, this helps drive out waste and increases reliability.”

“Recently, our technology was able to detect the underlying cause of bearing vibration and provide recommendations to prevent failure of a critical motor. Our data analytics software can even propose alternative solutions that would be longer-lasting and better suited to the conditions.”

While the agreement between BP and SKF covers a defined equipment list, SKF can also supply ‘non-routine’ services to BP on demand – such as electric motor monitoring, or dynamic balancing of rotating equipment.

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