Marine propulsion systems bearing and gear component damage can progress from damage initiation to failure in a few hours to hundreds of hours and if undetected, results in an unplanned shutdown event that is extremely costly and a potential safety risk. Traditional methods of detection of damage in the marine sector include various types of chip detectors for engines and possibly vibration monitoring and oil analysis for other equipment. Industry experience over many decades have shown that these approaches are known to result in occurrences, on some equipment, of missed indications causing unplanned shutdowns and/or false indications resulting in needless operational interruptions.
Developed, qualified, and certified for marine applications, MetalSCAN provides the capability to detect and quantify early bearing and gear damage in real-time such that appropriate maintenance action can be triggered at the next convenient inspection.
MetalSCAN was designed to be available from the factory fitted directly to the equipment by the OEM or easily retrofitted in the field without major modification to the equipment systems and in a very short shut down period.
Putting this tool in the hands of maintainers, the decision to operate or do maintenance is no longer subjective, is made more quickly, and more accurately, reducing the cost of operations and improving safety for all.