The way forward - Case Study
Vessel owners continue to seek ways to reduce operational and maintenance costs in an era of variable demand and increased environmental regulations
Oil analysis is a critical shipboard tool for the early detection of problems that have the potential to damage vital systems and for enabling the efficient allocation of maintenance resources. Current onboard tests typically duplicate lab-based titration methods, which are relatively time-consuming, involve considerable reagent and solvent costs, and require testers to work with hazardous chemicals. It is possible to reduce the use of these chemicals with modern test kits, but doing so necessitates a major upgrade to new equipment.
A number of military and commercial shipping organizations switched to portable instruments that operate on the same principles as laboratory instruments while substantially reducing analysis time, eliminating the need for reagents and solvents, and avoiding the need for hazardous chemicals.
One fleet lowered its costs with this approach and reduced manpower requirements to perform oil analysis by 25% and analysis costs by 75%, eliminating the need to purchase, ship and dispose of Portable instruments hazardous chemicals. This technology is of great interest to vessel operators but with a higher initial investment than for the existing solution, how can a business case be built to leverage these savings?
Portable instruments: a new approach
A new generation of instruments eliminates the need for hazardous chemicals and operator interpretation of the results to greatly reduce the cost and time involved in shipboard oil analysis. The portability of the new instruments makes it possible to bring them to the machinery that is being tested.
Test results can be obtained in just 2.5 minutes, which saves considerable shipboard manpower. Only a few drops of oil are required for analysis, which dramatically reduces waste. The instruments greatly simplify the process of testing oil and do not require any interpretation by the operators, so results are more accurate and repeatable. The instruments store test results and provide automatic alarms, so the need for manual logging is eliminated.