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Automated sea vessel monitoring

A system for monitoring and diagnostics of sea vessels rotating and reciprocating machinery has been developed. It provides early detection of minor malfunctions, monitoring of fault development, diagnostics, evaluation of time for corrective maintenance actions and support for remote advising in case of emergency.
Automated sea vessel monitoring
The innovative technology is based on the early detection and analysis of minor disturbances in machinery conditions and on the on-line comparison of current values of diagnostic indicators. The system supports automatic data acquisition of vibration, acoustic, motor current and other waveforms. Furthermore it uses the vessel-wise smart dust type wireless network for communication between the collected data sensors and the vessel diagnostics server.

If an emergency should arise, the system can transmit compressed data via satellite communication to a remote diagnostics server. The maintenance team can then receive the failure notification directly to handheld devices. Additionally, the new technology allows standard machinery to be upgraded into Wireless Self-Diagnostics Machinery, which enables a reduction in the expected downtime and maintenance and insurance costs.

The Wireless Self-Diagnostics Machine has the capacity to self-learn its normal behaviour/operating patterns, self-monitor its operations, detect minor abnormalities leading to malfunction and diagnose the source of the abnormalities. What's more, the operator or supervisor can be instantly notified about equipment malfunctions or shutdown even before a major failure occurs.

Some of the systems additional advantages include its quick installation on the sea vessel and the possibility of re-installing the system on alternative sea vessels. Furthermore the technology can be used on vessels driven by electrical motors.
Record Number: 82477 / Last updated on: 2006-03-20
Domain: Industrial Technologies