Schaller Automation, the market-leading supplier of oil mist detection systems on large diesel, gas and dual-fuel engines, is launching a new sensor to monitor the condition of slide bearings
Schaller Automation has been developing, producing and selling oil mist detection systems for the past 50 years. More than 58,000 engines on ships and power stations have been successfully protected.
Schaller Automation are experts on oil mist formation inside crankcases and analysing its source in order to propose a technical solution to the market.
Schaller Automation developed Bearomos2020 in cooperation with the RWTH Aachen University (Germany) within a public funded project financed by the ZIM programme (“Central Innovation Programme for small and medium-sized enterprises”) to detect the beginning of a lubrication failure far earlier than conventional sensors such as bearing temperature sensors
. Every second counts when it comes to safeguarding the engine crankshaft’s main bearings at the moment of a bearing failure. Bearomos®2020 can detect the very first metal-to-metal contact, even before mechanical damage has occurred, avoiding expensive crankshaft damage or engine downtime.
The Bearomos®2020 system’s software provides the operator with live signals and information about the monitored bearings. Together with the shaft speed, also given by the sensor, it is possible to make a statement about how the bearing is running: liquid friction or mixed friction.
The beginning of a friction problem within an oil-lubricated slide bearing always comes along with the bearing’s regular change from liquid into mixed friction. The system is ideal for being retrofitted to existing engines as a single sensor is enough to monitor the entire line of crankshaft main bearings.
By installing Bearomos2020 onboard passenger ships, Schaller contributes to the preventative and predictive maintenance services for engines and any machine equipped with journal bearings.