Shipping pumps operate in complex environments inside large housings that are rarely visible from the outside. This makes it extremely hard to hear or see the typical warning signs or trends that predict an imminent failure or breakdown. This often leads to a reliance on reactive maintenance. But, maintaining equipment only after it breaks can mean unexpected downtime, emergencies, rush charges, overtime, and replacement of expensive parts.
One of the best pump reliability strategies is predictive maintenance. Effective predictive maintenance requires accurate data, and you have to keep in mind that the only reliable communication on ships is via satellite, which generally has a high cost and low bandwidth.
We were brought onto an international consortium of companies to assist a German shipping pump manufacturer to meeting two primary business goals: generate recurring revenue for their business and add continuous value for their clients.