VSC provides ABS certified Condition Monitoring services enabling shipboard machinery to operate beyond ABS's imposed five year repair cycle. We not only develop your complete monitoring program but also provide instrumentation, software, training, and remote data analysis services. VSC can aid crew members in establishing their own condition monitoring effort or enhance an existing program. We also have all the services to detect and alleviate your worst machinery problem. You never have to settle for poor operating machinery. VSC personnel can meet your vessel, diagnose the problem and aid you in developing a solution.
By 1945, Condition Monitoring and Control Products and Services were found in nearly every shipyard in the free world. Today, a comprehensive array of products and services, particularly well suited to meet the evolving needs of the marine industry, are available through VSC. As a result, the marine industry is afforded a more reliable system and reduced life cycle costs.
Vibration in shipboard applications presents certain unique conditions related to the hull and propulsion shafting. Some cases are more extreme than others. For example, in the case of an ice breaker, hull and prop related vibration is accompanied by the impact, crushing, and undulating associated with the breaking of ice. It is therefore necessary to ensure that all shipboard applications are working properly since ice chunks the size of Volkswagens are forced through propellers.
Condition Monitoring of machinery subject to such harsh environments should employ an analysis engine that is capable of learning the subtleties of how that equipment operates under various conditions. The software must also provide exceptional threshold capabilities so that nuisance alarms are minimized and real problems are recognized. Alignment related marine services also pose special considerations for which VSC is especially well suited to aid in. Strain gauge technology is utilized for the alignment of propulsion shafting so that the time required is minimized and the results are extraordinarily accurate. If your ship or fleet needs help establishing a CMC program and/or has an ABS condition monitoring requirement, VSC is more than willing to assist you in your exploration of options. We will help you determine what type of program, training, and equipment will satisfy the requirements.
Various start-up packages are offered to accommodate most any budget.
Other VSC marine services include:
• Machinery overhaul and repair.
• Shaft Alignment (strain gauge, laser, optical, or conventional).
• Builder's and Acceptance Sea Trials-including: static and dynamic alignment measurement of main propulsion shafting.
• Torque, thrust, and power measurement using radio telemetry.
• Hull, superstructure, and machinery vibration surveys.
• Diesel Engine and Reciprocating Compressor Analysis.
• Vibration Analysis (local or remote, or periodic).
• Balancing (high or low speed, in-situ or on balance machine).
• Infrared Thermography.
• Oil Analysis.
• Acoustical Testing.