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Condition monitoring

Unplanned downtime is the enemy of every industry. The earlier a vital repair can be made to a broken piece of machinery, the faster a company can return to profitability. 

Ensuring that the fuel, lube and water on-board meets its specification is important, not only to maintain efficient operation, but also to meet marine regulations. These accurate, reliable and simple-to-use tests ensure you maintain your vessel at optimum efficiency. 

Simplex-Turbulo is a Marine Master distributor for Parker Kittiwake with responsibility for the marine and power generation industries. We offer a range of fuel, lube oil and water testing equipment.

Cylinder oil monitoring

Cold Corrosion Test Kit

The lube oil for large 2-stroke and 4-stroke marine diesel engines must contend with high temperatures and acidic products formed during the combustion of bunker oils rich in sulphur.

The Cold Corrosion test kit is a fast and simple-to-use chemical test providing accurate measurements of parts per million (PPM) value of Fe2+ and Fe3+ compounds in used scrapedown oil. A more accurate measurement that other tests available on the market, this kit allows for informed decisions to be made in adjustments to feed rates and the Base Number (BN) of the oil used.

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Ferrous Wear Meter

The Ferrous Wear Meter (FWM) measures the level of metallic wear in samples taken from cylinder scrapedown oil. It is a simple to use product offering excellent accuracy and reliability.

This unit is ideal for on-board testing and analysis of scrapedown oils for metallic wear, indicating a high level of cylinder liner wear. A 5ml test tube filled with the sample is placed directly into the hole in the instrument, and the metallic content in parts per million (PPM) is displayed on the screen in under 2 seconds.

Used together with the Cold Corrosion Test Kit, it is possible to obtain total iron measurements from your ship cylinder oil.

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EasySHIP DIGI Field Kit

The DIGI Water and BN Test Kit is an on-board oil test solution range providing simple, accurate results for water in oil and base number.

With a level of accuracy suited to routine analysis, easy-to-read digital display providing instructions and results, a 5-year (5000 tests) battery life, and built in memory for recording previous test results, the Parker Kittiwake DIGI Cell has become a favoured test method worldwide for on-board testing.

Test Cells are available for either Water in Oil or Base Number (BN). Alternatively, a DIGI Combined Test Cell is available that performs both test measurements in a single cell.

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Total Iron Test Kit

Parker Kittiwake's Total Iron Test Kit provides accurate results on-board, negating the need to send samples to a laboratory to be analysed.

The kit provides an accurate measure of the parts per million (PPM) value of the total iron content in the used scrape down oil.

Using a colour-matching test, the process alters the colour of an oil sample, indicating the concentration of iron compounds.The resulting colour is matched to a reference colour chart that provides a measurement of the total iron present in the sample. 

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LinerSCAN

The Parker Kittiwake LinerSCAN is the world’s first real-time alarm system for engine liner wear, marking a new era in asset protection.

LinerSCAN is designed to remove the uncertainty of cylinder liner damage which can result from low fuel quality, slow steaming, low sulphur levels, lower oil feed rates and cylinder oil formulation changes. Multiple trials have shown that LinerSCAN highlights the first signs of damage earlier than other systems and enables safe reduction of lubricant feed rate. LinerSCAN is a fully automated system, and can help to save money by optimising the lubricant feed rate, reducing your maintenance loads and by helping to prevent unnecessary engine damage.

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FTIR₃ Oil Analyser

Featuring a compact, portable design, the Parker Kittiwake FTIR₃ Oil Analyser delivers fast and reliable measurement of key oil parameters without the need for complicated tests or chemical reagents.

Simple to use, it delivers real-time insights necessary to protect major assets. No more waiting around for
analysis reports from samples sent to an off-site laboratory. The design incorporates the latest in Fourier Transform Infrared technologies, providing rapid analysis and timely information for effective decision making.

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OilCheck Hand Held Monitor

OilCheck both detects and analyses the dielectric constant of oil, in a compact, portable, hand-held monitor. When used regularly, this device will provide engineers with warning of impending engine failure, allowing them to act in advance.

The device gives reliable and consistent readings of oil contamination, advising when oil should be changed. This is achieved by comparing the measurements obtained from a used sample with a control sample of the same brand. A numerical display shows positive or negative fluctuations in dielectrics, which can be compared against the red / green efficiency scale. The device is battery powered.

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ECON Total Acid Number Drop test pack

Total Acid Number (TAN) testing is a measure of both weak organic acids and strong inorganic acids present within oil. Testing for TAN is essential in order to protect and maintain your equipment, preventing damage in advance. A rise in TAN is indicative of oil oxidation due to time and / or operating temperature.

The ECON TAN Drop test pack comes in a sturdy case, which contains all of the necessary reagents and equipment for a fully portable Acid number test. By using a small sample size and a clear container, the result is shown by a colour change after adding titrant from a dropper into the mixing vessel.

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Fuel condition monitoring solutions

Cat Fines Test Kit (Al & Si)

The Parker Kittiwake Cat Fines Test kit detects catalytic fines to prevent irreparable damage to fuel pumps, injectors, piston rings and liners.

Much of the heavy fuel oil (HFO) burned in the cylinders of large 2-stroke and 4-stroke marine diesel engines is contaminated with hard particles known as catalytic (cat) fines. These particles can cause highly damaging abrasive wear to cylinder liners during the combustion process.

The Cat Fines Test Kit has been designed to flag up HFO samples that may be contaminated with dangerous levels of car fines before the fuel has even been pumped aboard. Simple and cost effective, the test can be completed within a few minutes.

Example results demonstrate that this test is capable of identifying those fuel samples that have a cat fine concentration of > 60 ppm (Al + Si), which exceed the limit recommended by ISO 8217:2012. The test provides the crew with a very clear “sail” or “don’t sail” indication with regards to fuel quality.

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Density Meter

The Density Meter from Parker Kittiwake is suitable for both distillate and residual fuel oils.

Measuring the density of fuel using hydrometers, the Density Meter can be used to confirm the quantity and grade of fuel delivered.

Density is calculated electronically, providing fast, accurate results and estimating the combustion performance (CCAI) and correct viscosity in cP to cSt calculations.

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Compatibility Tester

Measurement of the compatibility of two separate fuel samples.

The Parker Kittiwake Compatibility Tester is possibly the most useful tool available for testing fuel oil compatibility and blends. The kit provides a quick tool for engineers faced with the necessity to mix or blend residual fuel oil or wishing to establish the stability of a new bunker delivery. The Compatibility Tester can be purchased as a stand-alone kit supplied in its own case, or as part of a more extensive suite of testing equipment in the fuel and lubricant cabinet.

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Heated Viscometer

Measurement of fuel and oil viscosity on-site.

The Parker Kittiwake Heated Viscometer provides a condition monitoring tool that enables you to make rapid, on-site, informed operational and maintenance decisions about your critical plant and equipment. Fuel and lubricating oils for a major cost element in the operation of almost all industrial machinery and engines: the quality must be closely monitored to protect the investment. Detecting out-of-spec fuels or lubricants can identify potential problems before equipment damage occurs. 

 

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Bunker Samplers, Storage Systems & Accessories

IMO MARPOL compliant bunker fuel oil sample collection kit.

The Parker Kittiwake Bunker Sample Storage System is contained in a robust, metal case that is fully lockable for safe and secure sample storage. It comes complete with a log book to record your sample details, plus training CDs and full instructions on bunker sampling and the latest regulations. Replacement consumables and a full range of bunker samples are easily available at short notice from Parker Kittiwake and can be shipped to the destination of your choice.

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Fuel and Lubricant Cabinet

Multi-parameter measurement for fuels and lubricants on-site.

Parker Kittiwake's Fuel and Lubricant Cabinet is typically supplied to marine customers for diesel engine lubricants and fuel oils. The ability to test oil and fuel on-site, at the point of use, enables ship crew to conduct oil and bunker testing quickly and easily. Detecting out-of-spec fuels or lubricants can identify potential problems before equipment damage occurs. The fuel and lubricant cabinet is supplied with EasySHIP reagent systems to minimise transportation.

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System monitoring solutions

ThrusterSCAN

Real-time measurement of thruster component damage, lubricant degradation and seal failure.

Parker Kittiwake's ThrusterSCAN removes the uncertainty related to thruster condition and gives real-time feedback on the effect of altering operating parameters. This critical information can be used to make informed decisions regarding thruster operation, lubricant changes and overhaul intervals. With both local and remote displays, alarms and data management, ThrusterSCAN is easily integrated into any maintenance regime. 

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Fluid Condition Sensor - Fuel Dilution and Insolubles

Measurement of fluid condition: fuel dilution, soot ingress and oil contamination.

The FCS (Fluid Condition Sensor) from Parker Kittiwake is a new, multi-parameter sensor and alert system for monitoring oil quality, moisture, temperature and pressure. By tracking changes in oil electrical conductivity, FCS can detect fuel dilation - a common problem in 4-stroke diesel engines. FCS also closely correlates to soot (insolubles) ingress by tracking changes in relative permittivity and has the facility to interface with generic communication protocols to send data onshore as required. When combined with the Parker Kittiwake FCS alert, engine operators have a continuous monitoring tool to help guard against engine failure.

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Marine water test kits

Sewage Effluent Test Kit

Multi-parameter measurement of marine sewage effluent.

For renewal and random inspections, maintaining the system operating requirements in line with the effluent standards will be required. With this in mind, the Parker Kittiwake Marine Sewage Effluent Test Kit provides simple and accurate testing for BOD, chlorine (free), COD, coliform bacteria, pH and total suspended solids. Regular testing will allow rapid corrective action to take place if required, helping to maintain optimum operating conditions, minimum downtime and reducing costs. Ultimately, the Marine Effluent Kits will aid compliance with MARPOL Annex IV.

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Complete Marine Water Test Cabinet

Multi-parameter measurement test kit of marine water systems.

Parker Kittiwake's Complete Marine Water Test Cabinet offers an off-the-shelf solution, without the need to purchase numerous testing kits. Supplied in a wall-mountable, steel storage cabinet with foam inserts, it contains all equipment and reagents. The Complete Marine Water Test Cabinet will prove a valuable tool for system monitoring and control, ensuring safe and correct operation, and will also provide a key platform for demonstration of current inspectional requirements under current and forthcoming legislation.

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