ioCurrents adds ifm vibration tech to vessel analytics

ioCurrents has teamed up with industrial IoT company ifm to produce a new set of vessel vibration data analytics that will offer notifications in real time so seafarers can create Reliability-Centered Maintenance (RCM) plans, allowing repairs to be made before a serious issue arises.

Working with equipment manufacturers, ioCurrents says it can build a complete vibration analysis report that will summarise all vibrations on a vessel to show looseness, friction and impact across the vessel. Alerts can be set-up to trigger if vibrations fall outside prescribed vibration specifications, and crews can then use this information to schedule appropriate maintenance work in good time.

As an example, ioCurrents notes that one of its customers has had problems with loose mechanical components due to excessive vibration and has incurred multiple failures generating costs for downtime, labour, drydock time and additional parts.

Using ifm’s vibration sensors, ioCurrents analysed the high frequency vibration data to prescribe thresholds on friction, looseness and impact. Within 90 days, the system caught two imminent failures with impact and looseness alerts to prevent significant costs.

“ifm has a long pedigree of supplying hyper-accurate vibration data which we can use to determine when the crew needs to be alerted once manufacturers’ thresholds have been breached. In this way repairs can be affected before serious equipment malfunctions happen, saving ship operators time and money,” said Kiersten Henderson, Senior Data Scientist for ioCurrents.

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