Monitoring system for thrusters

The ZF Condition Monitoring System for thruster systems increases operational safety by monitoring the core components The ZF Condition Monitoring System for thruster systems increases operational safety by monitoring the core components

ZF will be introducing customers to its new Condition Monitoring System at Maritime Industry, an exhibition to be held in Gorinchem, the Netherlands, from May 7-9, 2019.

The Condition Monitoring System is equipped with various sensors and an intelligent electronic evaluation unit. This system measures vibrations which indicate the condition of the bearings and gears in the thruster's upper and lower gearbox. The measurement results help the operators identify early on which components need to be replaced or maintained. This means repairs can be planned in advance and a worsening in the conditions of the components can be avoided, all of which prevent downtimes and shorten maintenance times. It also extends the service life of the monitored systems and components, allowing the operators to concentrate on their main job.

ZF has also introduced an oil cleaning system. Peter Toxopeus, Sales Manager at ZF Marine Krimpen B.V., says: “Particularly with biodegradable oil, it is important to keep contaminants, such as water, out of the system so as to prevent downtimes caused by mechanical failures.” By heating up the oil, the water is evaporated, a cotton filter filters out the particles down to 1 µm. Clean oil is pumped back into the system which extends the service life of the oil by 10 to 15 times. In conclusion, fewer oil top-ups are needed which means operators save money.

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