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Industry 4.0 and Condition Monitoring in Maritime Applications

Proactive and predictive maintenance have become common practices in many industry sectors. In maritime applications, maintenance strategy has also continuously been advanced. It has evolved from a reactive to a predictive maintenance model mainly on the back of Condition Monitoring (CM) developments in the sector.


Condition-based monitoring techniques have gained traction in recent years as scheduled overhauls are significantly more cost-effective than unscheduled repairs. An increasing number of fleet managers, chief engineers and crews trust in Condition Monitoring, where the machine condition is determined based on vibration monitoring and analysis. In addition, vibration monitoring has become an integral part of recognized programs by many classification societies, such as Lloyd’s Register and DNV-GL (Det Norske Veritas & Germanischer Lloyd).


Condition Monitoring includes techniques such as vibration monitoring, oil analysis, thermography, and electrical measurements. Compared to other CM techniques, vibration monitoring offers additional advantages: Experts can diagnose wear and damage, and identify the exact root cause


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