VSC provides Condition Monitoring services enabling shipboard machinery to operate beyond ABS’s imposed five year repair cycle. We can 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, VSC’s Condition Monitoring and Portable Balancing Machines were found in nearly every shipyard in the free world. Today, our comprehensive array of products and services are particularly well suited to meet the evolving needs of the marine industry. As a result, the marine industry is afforded a more reliable ship/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 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. If your ship or fleet needs help establishing a Predictive Maintenance/Condition Monitoring program and/or has an ABS condition monitoring requirement, VSC will 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 (laser, optical, or conventional)
- Builder’s and Acceptance Sea Trials-including:
- 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