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Equipment Degradation – Not just when in use.

Equipment Degradation – Not just when in use.

We’re currently overhauling a couple of Twindisc gearboxes as part of a project on a beautiful 20ft yacht, built back in 1967. The engines have been out of use for some time, but the gearboxes have been maintained to running hours, so the owners were expecting the gearboxes to just need a quick check over before they’re reused. It turned out not to be as simple as that. During our inspection, we found two issues that had absolutely nothing to...

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Turbocharger Maintenance Guide

Often, the turbocharger maintenance routine given with the engine is to “inspect” or “overhaul” at set intervals, but this won’t always be optimum for performance, or your budget. The guidance is based around the other parts of the engine and not necessarily what’s best for the turbo and we all know a poorly maintained turbo will add more cost to you with inefficient engine performance and more intrusive maintenance. For more useful...

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What’s your engine oil telling you?

What’s your engine oil telling you?

Following on from our visit to Seaworks last week, we wanted to let you know about a new product that we think could be really beneficial for you, and help you keep your engine operational. We have seen far too many engines suffering completely avoidable and preventable major damage, so we’re doing something about it. To avoid this kind of major damage, you generally need two things: Correct information on critical performance made available...

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When marine meets offshore

We came across this video of the Pioneering Spirit and thought you’d appreciate the engineering feat. (It’s only 2½ minutes long, and not a sight you see every day). The vessel, Pioneering Spirit, is the largest construction vessel ever built and can remove an entire topside up to 48,000t !! Amazing,...

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Avoiding problems with engine control systems

Avoiding problems with engine control systems

Do your engine control systems rely on pneumatics? If so, our maintenance guide may be useful. We have seen this as another vital part of the engine system which is regularly neglected and in fact, recently we were contacted by a vessel in Malta which was unable to operate because of engine control system problems. Initially, it was thought to be due to the governor, but we gave it a full test on our rig against original settings and it was...

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Hammers and non-destructive engine and component testing?

The other day I was talking to one of my friends about non-destructive engine and component testing, and he told me about the tests they used to do in the locomotive industry. It was certainly a surprise. The conversation had been sparked by an email I sent about our shift to fluorescent MPI testing from the standard ultra-violet process (if you didn’t see that one, click here and read it), but Alan had experience of an earlier version known as...

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