Through the use of sensors and diagnosis tools, it is possible to collect information about vibration, noise and temperature of components and systems. The OPENMATICS platform developed by ZF, safely transfers the collected data and information via a VPN (Virtual Private Network) connection to the ZF Cloud, where customers can access them.
This lets operators recognize well in advance which components may require maintenance or replacement. The IoT (Internet of Things) platform developed by ZF, allows the integration of data and systems to optimize fleet operation. Based on customer requirements all on-board systems can be connected to a holistic fleet management system.
Operation excellence with condition monitoring
Downtime and maintenance times are shortened, failures are avoided, and the service life of the monitored systems and components is extended since repairs can be planned proactively instead of reactive countermeasures on abnormal situations.
The Condition Monitoring System provides data about the condition of:
- Gears in the upper and lower gearbox
- Propeller balance
- Oil – with regards to particulate and water content
Monitoring in three levels
Depending on customer requirements, CMS can monitor the propulsion system in three levels:
- In the standard version, CMS determines typical parameters such as oil level and pressure, as well as input shaft speed, clutch condition, and oil temperature, both before and after the cooler.
- The expanded monitoring of the second tier measures oscillation in the system and the state of the oil with regard to particle and water content.
- At the third tier, CMS measures the actual transferred torque in the drive system using dynamic load monitoring (DLM), which makes it possible to detect changes in the performance of the components early on.