Cummins broken piston

Swing set?

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One of our engineers recently attended an operator’s offshore crane to assess a poorly running Cummins 6CTA8.3.

The problem?

It was producing black smoke and dropping load when applied. Not good.

We arrived on-site, and our investigations found internal damage to the engine.

Because of the way the 6CTA8.3 is set up, it wasn’t possible to carry out further investigations or rectification in situ, but – understandably – the operator did not want downtime to affect operations.

To ensure that operations could continue, we sourced a replacement swing set engine and arranged for engineers to exchange the engine to minimise downtime.

The original engine was then returned to Bartech HQ for a full strip, inspection and overhaul.

During the inspection of the engine, it was found that one piston was broken.

Cummins 6CTA8.3 Broken Piston-1

Inspections will continue and strip lists will be produced resulting in a full list of components required to restore the engine to OEM Specifications.

Once rebuilt, the engine will be FAT (Factory Acceptance Tested) and returned to the client for storage until their next engine overhaul campaign on another asset.

Having access to a swing set for this application prevented expensive downtime and allowed the client to return to normal operations whilst their engine was repaired and recertified.

Once again, this highlights the importance of swing-sets, so it’s well worth asking whether you have what’s required if something were to go wrong with your primary engine.

And swing-sets don’t just apply to engines – they can be used on cylinder heads, injectors, water pumps, fuel pumps, turbo cartridges or any other major assembly.

If you’d like to discuss the options, please get in touch, we’d be happy to assist.

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