Look down our Borescope

Look down our Borescope

We’re at Offshore Europe in Aberdeen next month. We haven’t done a show like this for a while, we’re really looking forward to it and we’ve got plenty of things planned to help make our stand highly valuable for all our visitors. As we speak, we’re currently constructing a training engine that we’ll have on display during the exhibition. We’re putting it together to demonstrate how you can prevent engine failure, showing how regular health...

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The best processes for engine work

The best processes for engine work

One of our company values is continuous improvement and we’ve recently taken on a new member of the team to improve on one specific area that I think is relevant for any operator. Two weeks ago, John started with us on a STEP placement to review and develop our engineering Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Having been trading for 32 years, we already have plenty of experience on how we look after critical engines, so why do we feel the need...

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Engine vibration damage

Engine vibration damage

One of our client’s Deutz DFP6 1013 C20 fire pumps failed the other day, and our engineer Andy has been looking into the root cause.   And what he’s found is a great example of how much damage can be caused even on low hours engines and how it can be prevented. The engine arrived at Bartech after excessive movement was found on the crankshaft, and an assessment was needed to see if the engine could be repaired, or if a replacement was needed....

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Excessive engine wear

Excessive engine wear

Our engineers are currently doing some servicing and rectification work on an MTU 396 engine, and I thought it was worth sharing some feedback from them. Whilst carrying out the inspection of the top end of the engine, they’ve come across the common problem of excessive wearing, which is a result of ineffective lubrication. I won’t go into detail about the important role lubricating oil plays in your engine; I’ve got no doubt you are well aware...

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The dangers of not using the correct additives with your coolant system

We’ve got 12 Waukesha cylinder heads in for an overhaul at the moment and every single one of them has water erosion damage. I thought I’d make a quick video so you can see the damage caused when correct additives are not used with your coolant system. Here’s what you’re seeing on this video: • That hole is NOT meant to be here. The untrained eye might think that it’s part of the water jacket, but it’s actually a result of water erosion damage....

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Caterpillar crankshaft damage to threads and bolts

Caterpillar crankshaft damage to threads and bolts

We’re supporting a client who is overhauling 4 Caterpillar 3512 generator sets at the moment, and we got the email below from them this morning… There is a translation error in that this is an issue with the crankshaft and not camshaft, but this is where the beauty of photographs can help! Our advice was to helicoil the damaged threads (which is a recognised process by the OEM), though there are certain considerations in carrying out this...

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