A World Wide expert ZF in marine drive systems, has introduced Intelligent Traction Control (CMS) for thrusters. The new CMS technology monitors the condition of the propulsion system and helps shipyards, transport companies and fleet operators maintain the safety and efficiency of their vessels and extend the service life of the propulsion system.
The new system is equipped with a range of sensors that communicate with an electronic evaluation unit. The system measures vibrations which indicate the condition of the bearings and gears in the thruster’s upper and lower gearbox. The measurement results help the operators identify early on which components need to be replaced or maintained. This means repairs can be planned in advance and potential damage to components can be avoided, all of which prevents downtime and shortens maintenance cycles. It can also extend the service life of the monitored systems and components, allowing the operator to focus on the job at hand.
The new system is equipped with a series of sensors that interact with the electronic evaluation unit. The vibration measured by the system indicates the condition of the bearings and gears in the upper and lower gearboxes of the thruster. Measurements help operators identify components that need to be replaced or maintained early. This means that repairs can be planned in advance and potential damage to components can be avoided, all of which prevent downtime and shorten maintenance intervals. It also extends the life of monitored systems and components, allowing operators to focus on the task at hand.