CBM; Improving profitability and ensuring high availability

Wärtsilä Corporation, Trade press release, 21 October 2003 at 11:00 UTC+2

Wärtsilä updates its Condition-Based Maintenance (CBM) package and connects more land and sea installations to its CBM centre.

In the ever cost conscious energy markets of today, improving profitability and ensuring high levels of availability are both vital targets for every power and marine application. No matter what size or type, a planned approach to Condition-Based Maintenance (CBM) is the solution for today’s energy producers and users.

As a response to this demand, Wärtsilä has updated its Condition-Based Maintenance (CBM) package. In addition to users receiving regular CBM reports, they can also connect to Wärtsilä online services where they can access the latest CBM information as well as service bulletins, technical manuals and spare parts.

The CBM process is applicable both to marine and power plant applications. CBM and Remote Monitoring solutions support the daily operation of the installation by applying Wärtsilä’s experience and operation knowledge. This keeps the thermal and mechanical load at an optimum level for operation conditions, and enables savings in fuel consumption, while simultaneously providing a more environmentally friendly operation.

Moreover, CBM and Remote Monitoring are key support functions for Operations & Maintenance activities; they ensure streamlined operations with fewer site personnel, the possibility to concentrate to one location with Wärtsilä support tracking several plants, and provide advice as necessary.

Johan Pellas, Manager for Condition-Based Maintenance at Wärtsilä’s Technical Service department says: "By the end of August 2003, 108 engines were connected to the Wärtsilä CBM system. With 20 installations and 70 engines awaiting connection this year, we believe that the numbers of installations connected will double every year for the foreseeable future."

Pellas continues "Cost savings and increased availability, in combination with the easy and automatic transfer of data from installations to a CBM centre will make the concept even more attractive in years to come."


For further information, please contact:
Wärtsilä Corporation Finland
Dan Pettersson
Tel: + 358 10 709 2214
Fax: + 358 10 709 2422
E-mail: dan.pettersson@wartsila.com
Web: www.wartsila.com

Pilot (UK)
Carla Picard
Tel: + 44 (0) 208 948 8485
Fax: + 44 (0) 208 948 8563
E-mail: carla@pilotpr.co.uk