The FluidScan® 1000 series handheld Infrared oil analyzer provides a direct quantitative measurement of a lubricant’s condition. It plays an important role in Machine Condition Monitoring (MCM) for proactive and predictive maintenance in Reliability Management programs. Using the device, you can determine when oil needs to be serviced due to degradation of the oil chemistry or contamination by other fluids such as water or the wrong oil. The FluidScan is compliant with ASTM D7889 “Standard Test Method for Field Determination of In-Service Fluid Properties Using IR Spectroscopy”.
Today, marine engine suppliers recommend daily monitoring of the Base Number (BN) to optimize cylinder lubrication feed rate and determine the residual BN of the piston underside oil. Changes in vessel operation are driving innovation in engine monitoring .The shift to “slow steaming” and the resulting “cold corrosion” affects every vessel in operation. Increased instances of early failure due to cylinder scuffing & cylinder scaling are due to improper lubrication in constantly changing engine running conditions.
The FluidScan is the one device that will ensure your engine is running efficiently. Daily control of the cylinder oil BN at the inlet and drain is the most effective way to prevent “cold corrosion.” (Note: Wärtsilä Services technical bulletin RT-161.)