Topaz looks to increase uptime with BHGE lubricant condition monitoring system

Topaz Energy and Marine has inked a long-term agreement with Baker Hughes, a GE Company for its new lubricant condition monitoring system.

The VitalyX system using the Internet of Things (IoT) and sensors to monitor key equipment onboard, such as the engine, thrusters and genset which will monitor the lube oil for contaminants, such as metal particles and soot.

The system improves Topaz's ability to predict when breakdowns will occur and take preventative actions reducing the amount of downtime for vessels. It also also monitors for the presence of water, salt water, glycol, fuel dilution, TBN and TAN index, assisting in predicting equipment failures and improving the life cycle of the lube oil.

Ed J. Boufarah, global commercial vp for Measurement & Controls, BHGE commented: “By embracing digital-driven real-time condition monitoring for lube oil, we are helping the marine industry move from solely time-based maintenance to a more performance-based maintenance plan, and the benefits can be truly game-changing.”

Rene Kofod-Olsen, ceo of Topaz Energy and Marine said: “Through trials with innovative solutions such as VitalyX, we have created long-term partnerships with leading companies such as BHGE, and are now positioned at the forefront of digital innovation as we relentlessly look for ways to enhance our customers’ experience.”

Posted 09 May 2019

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Marcus Hand

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