Since 2008, and following the success of the above hatch cover solution, SDT decided to share its experience and expertise about ultrasound condition monitoring with the marine industry. Today, and together with a team of marine experts, SDT is helping and assisting ship owners and managers with setting up tailor made ultrasound-based condition monitoring programs. The versatility of ultrasound allows owners and managers to enhance reliability, availability, maintainability and performance of on-board machinery as well as deck- and cargo equipment and to offer a quality ship to the market.
Ultrasound is a versatile technique that allows to detect problems and failures linked to friction, impact or turbulent flow.
Ultrasound can identify incipient failures in a very early stage and, well before other commonly used techniques, it can provide indications of deterioration or risk of upcoming failure.
As such, any well-balanced condition monitoring program should have ultrasound in the toolbox. The correct use of ultrasound allows for a better planning of maintenance tasks but will also extend in-service life, avoid downtime and add reliability to a wide variety of shipboard equipment in an easy, quick and cost-effective manner.