Future-Proofing Asset Monitoring at Port…

The infrastructure-heavy operation at seaport, marine and inter-modal terminals, face increasing demand for efficient and cost-effective operation. Advanced equipment and technology underpins port performance, and productivity hinges upon robust asset management.

The majority of port infrastructure (including Container Cranes, Straddle Carriers, Shiploaders and Hoppers) have a useful economic life of up to 50 years, however an increasing portfolio of ageing and expensive assets over time leads to an increase in exposure to business risk. Research suggests that issues resulting from the application of inadequate or incorrect maintenance procedures cause roughly 25% of the total cost of equipment damage and that satisfying short-term operational needs can lead to major asset downtime due to unplanned maintenance and catastrophic failure. 

Increasing global trade is increasing the demand for more infrastructure to combat port congestion problems. Subsequently there has been an increasing industry focus on equipment lifecycle management, and real-time condition monitoring and maintenance strategies as part of a wider approach to the managing of an entire portfolio of assets. 

Oil condition monitoring plays a fundamental role in total asset management. Accurate, high quality oil condition analysis provides a deep insight into the health and status of port equipment. Contamination can quickly lead to oil losing its lubrication properties and equipment damage. Small unseen issues, which if left to develop will cause a major breakdown, are reflected in changes in oil condition, and as oil condition degrades with use, you can pin-point the exact time for maintenance, extending intervals without risk.

Tan Delta sensors were fitted to the primary hydraulic systems of Container Cranes in a busy South African port. An operator panel was installed in each, providing a simple traffic light condition status, whilst live data was streamed back to the maintenance centre. The data enabled the port to extend the intervals between servicing thus reducing direct operating costs, also providing reassurance that in the event of an unexpected issue, an alert would be provided, and action taken in a planned and controlled manner before any equipment damage had occurred. 

“Since the installation we have seen a significant reduction of 32% in our oil consumption. We were replacing our oil prematurely and have since been able to streamline our maintenance across the whole port. With a total project payback of 6 months this technology forms a crucial part of our asset management strategy, and has helped provide complete visibility, tracking and actionable predictive insights across the port”. – Port Operations Manager, South Africa.

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Benefits of Oil Analysis

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Reduce Breakdown Frequency and Severity. Among the many cost saving benefits and increased productivity associated with fluid sampling, the largest cost savings and benefits come from preventative and proactive maintenance. Fluid sampling and analysis allows technicians and service managers to monitor the condition of equipment systems and to identify and correct minor issues to reduce the risk of severe component failures and breakdowns. Large trucking companies who sample engine oil have saved on maintenance costs by reducing the amount of engine overhauls required by correcting minor problems and treating root causes to reduce the chance of issues from reoccurring. The data obtained through oil analysis can provide crucial details about engine components that would normally require an engine tear down in order to inspect the components. The time required to take a representative fluid sample and send it to the lab can save an enormous amount of time in the future from performing repairs and complete overhauls.

Need to monitor your rotating machinery?

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Accelerometers – Accelerometer sensors accurately measure vibration, shock, acceleration, motion for monitoring, control and testing applications. Accelerometers in Industry are primarily used to monitor the condition of rolling element bearings or ball bearings on rotating machinery such as fans, pumps, gears, compressors, turbines, paper machines, cooling tower fans and many other types of machinery. Accelerometers typically provide a dynamic signal output for use by condition monitoring systems including monitors, transmitters, analyzers and portable data collectors. Accelerometers are crystal based and convert mechanical motion to an electrical signal in the plant where they are mounted using the piezoelectric principal. Care must be taken with installation to insure proper operation to specifications. CIS Industrial Services offers General Purpose, Low Frequency, High Frequency and High Temperature Accelerometers in many different configurations. All Accelerometers are field proven. Accelerometers are also available in explosion proof (XP/IS) versions for hazardous area installations.