Equipment and monitoring technology has been introduced in the last three months to enhance the condition of engines. Germany-headquartered IMES has revealed a new version of its electronic indicator EPM-XP. The new model of this handheld engine analysis device features a vibration sensor to detect abnormal combustion and valve leaks. The new version enables more detailed diagnosis of engine performance because of the combination of cylinder pressure and vibration measurements. IMES has also extended the device’s battery life by up to 10 hours. Data can be transferred wirelessly, while a dedicated app enables online measurements to be taken using a tablet or smartphone.
Sweden’s SKF has unveiled its Vibracon kit for quick, accurate and clean alignment and chocking of resilient mounts. It can be used for chocking mounts under engines, generators and skids. Each complete kit includes SKF Vibracon chocks, an adaptor plate, SKF spherical washers, an adjustment tool, foundation bolts, nuts, jack bolts and locking bolts. It ensures compliance with resilient mount manufacturers’ installation requirements, and offers slope and angular compensation without the need for time-consuming traditional chocking methods, such as the welding of machined steel plates and the use of epoxy resins.
The UK’s Parker Kittiwake has launched a condition monitoring starter kit that combines its DigiCell kit with a Holroyd MHC bearing checker and a PC tablet. This is preloaded with a condition monitoring routine and log book. The company said the starter kit has essential tools that protect vulnerable equipment and prevent failure. DigiCell is an analysis tool for measuring levels of water in oil and the lubricant’s residual base number. Holroyd’s MHC bearing checker is a hand-held instrument that analyses bearing condition using acoustic emissions monitoring technology.
Cummins in the USA has released the C Command Elite Plus classed panel system for its most powerful engine to date, the QSK95. C Command is a modular selection of instrumentation and control panels engineered to help marine operators protect and enhance engine operation and manage operating costs, by logging critical operating parameters and providing diagnostic information. All connections on the QSK95 are centralised in an interface box that contains all the electronic control module connections, start-stop logic, emergency stop button and other connections. Engine data can be viewed on the C Command panel system, or sent to a centralised vessel management system.