Importance of monitoring gearbox oil pressure

Marfle Fleet Analytics is a Software as a Service (SaaS) solution which utilizes cellular networks and cloud infrastructure. It is being used in more than 100 vessels to prevent possible engine problems, extend engine life, reduce fuel consumptions and facilitate management of workboat fleets.

The analytics service is a flexible platform that leverages internet of things technologies. This allows users to extend its use with customised add-ons to meet different requirements in their operations.

Offshore Turbine Services benefits from the analytics service on their crew transfer vessels in many ways. They also wanted to extend the use of analytics service by measuring gearbox oil pressure in one of their vessels. We recorded a short video during the test of the new add-on.

The main use of the add-on is monitoring water jet hydraulic performance. Gearbox oil pressure is a good indicator to understand whether mechanical power and torque is delivered efficiently from the engine to the other systems. Early warning signs of possible problems with power transferring equipment can be detected with the new add-on in addition to the early stage problems with other moving parts of the water jet.

A new sensor is attached to the existing dataloggers to measure gearbox oil pressure because engine CAN bus doesn’t provide water jet hydraulic system data. The add-on works in the same way with Marfle Fleet Analytics. Data is collected and analysed in-real time. Marfle Fleet Analytics provides user insights to the customer through a user-friendly interface. The cloud-based interface makes it easier for the customer to reach insights anywhere from their mobile devices. The insights that based on in-depth engine data including fuel pressures, exhaust temperatures, fuel usages, boost pressures, transmission oil temperatures, transmission oil pressures, propulsion responses, fuel rates, fuel usages and RPMs allow customers to act early for possible problems. As a result, there is a reduction in downtime and undesired costs caused by possible engine problems.

Offshore crew transfer vessels providing service in offshore wind farms work under very harsh conditions and their owners have very strict contracts with energy companies. Availability and continuous service of these vessels is crucial. Therefore, their maintenance should be planned and carried out very carefully. Real-time analyses of engine data adds a new dimension to maintenance planning and improves overall engine health. In this sense, Marfle Fleet Analytics can be very useful to keep the engines running in their best condition and prevent any downtime that might end up with money and reputation loss.

For more information, visit our booth, SB7, at Seawork Commercial Marine and Workboat Exhibition in Southampton on 11-13th of June. We are looking forward to discussing how Marfle Fleet Analytics can improve your engine health and maximise efficiency of your operations.