Engine overhaul changes
It’s one of four identical sets owned by the operator, and like a lot of operators, they usually operate under a service exchange programme, where one engine is replaced with another after a specified period of time.
This time though, they’ve thought differently about the work scope to reduce the costs and disruption.
As a complete package, we are responsible for the overhaul of the alternator and control systems (which we use trusted partners for) as well as the Deutz F10 L 513M engine.
The normal work scope for the 20,000 hr overhaul is to swap the engine for a service exchange unit, converting over to the original specification.
The key benefit to a service exchange programme is having a fixed price (as long as there aren’t any major problems with the equipment) and should provide a quick turnaround, but it can have its drawbacks – vital information can be missing.
When talking to one of the operator’s Reliability Engineers, he rightly wanted to know if there were any problems with the set-up resulting in excessive engine wear, putting the unit at risk, or alternatively whether the engines were in great condition and being changed too often.
And this is where the service exchange option can leave you with a lack of information, and with little feedback, it is difficult to review and drive improvements.
This time we are going to overhaul the engine, so they can use our analysis to decide whether they should change their scheduled service exchange programme, or not.
It may reaffirm the fact that the current processes are right for this application.
Whichever route they take, at least it will be based on information, rather than the “because that’s what we’ve always done” mentality.