Parker Kittiwake launches breakthrough analyser which tests seven parameters at once to prevent engine damage

Marine Equipment Products and Services, Shipmanagement, Technical, Technology — By on November 9, 2017 at 5:22 PM

…the new Parker Kittiwake Attenuated Total Reflection (ATR) analyser

The Parker Kittiwake ATR analyser simultaneously detects seven parameters including base number, total acid number, insolubles, and water content of an oil sample

LONDON – 9 November 2017 – Parker Kittiwake, a leading global manufacturer of condition monitoring technologies, has today announced the launch of the new Parker Kittiwake Attenuated Total Reflection (ATR) analyser. The analyser represents a breakthrough for the simultaneous testing of base number (BN), total acid number (TAN), insolubles, soot loading, viscosity, FAME and water content of oil samples on board a ship, allowing all parameters to be measured using a single sample in one test kit.

Frequent testing is essential to understanding the operating conditions in the system, allowing engineers to prevent unnecessary damage to critical and expensive engine components. Until now, operators have required a suite of condition monitoring tools to determine the operational integrity of the system, testing for each potentially damaging element separately. This increases cost, the time needed to carry out the testing, and the amount of equipment required. For the first time, the Parker Kittiwake ATR analyser allows operators to combine all of these tests and measure the parameters simultaneously using a single, onboard test kit.

The ATR analyser uses infrared spectroscopy to determine the presence of damaging elements such as solid particles or water in a representative sample of oil. It requires no extensive sample preparation and does not utilise any wet chemistry, negating the hazards associated with chemical reagents, as well as the cost of transporting them around the world throughout the lifetime of the test kit. Infrared spectroscopy is a proven technology used by laboratories to provide a detailed analysis of the operating conditions within the engine. The ATR analyser brings this technology onboard, giving the operator the data required in real time to allow preventative action to be taken before catastrophic damage and unplanned downtime occurs.

Larry Rumbol, Marine Condition Monitoring Manager, said:

“Engineers today face a multitude of challenges brought about by new equipment, technology and operating methods. Their best line of defence is to proactively monitor the condition of the engine through testing a range of parameters to understand the conditions within the system, allowing them to take control of the risks.  By taking sophisticated spectroscopy technology out of the laboratory and bringing it straight to the engineers onboard in the form a simple, compact analyser, we can help the crew to maximise the operational efficiencies of their vessels whilst also preventing unplanned downtime and reducing costs.”

The ATR analyser processes the raw data gathered from the oil sample to return a reading across seven parameters in a simple, easy-to-understand format for the ship’s engineer. It is straightforward to use, requiring almost no training, and it is more robust than standard spectrometers, thereby making it suitable for life onboard a ship. Through the application of a single test rather than using several different test kits to obtain the same results, the ATR analyser is a cost effective way for operators to proactively monitor the engine without requiring extensive equipment.

Rumbol concluded:

“Proactive condition monitoring should be as simple and cost effective to undertake as possible. Providing engineers with the tools they need, without increasing the need for extensive training or complex equipment, is the best way to ensure they have the information required to effectively manage the operational efficiency of the vessel. The ATR analyser provides operators with laboratory standard testing onboard and in real time, allowing them to take immediate action and stand the best chance of preventing costly engine damage.”

For more than two decades, Parker Kittiwake has designed, developed and manufactured condition monitoring and test equipment for lube oil, hydraulic oil and fuels. Engineers the world over use Parker Kittiwake equipment to gain vital insights into the health of their vessels’ engines or to measure fuel quality and compatibility. The Attenuated Total Reflection Analyser is an important addition to the company’s comprehensive suite of condition-based maintenance (CBM) products, underlining Parker Kittiwake’s commitment to developing tools and technology that address the challenges faced by today’s ship owners and marine engineers.

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