ZF combines mechanics, electronics and digital technologies to intelligent connectivity solutions for marine propulsion systems.
Depending on customer wishes, 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 level measures oscillation in the system and the state of the oil with regard to particle and water content. At the third level, 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.
The condition monitoring system from ZF includes various sensors as well as an intelligent electronic evaluation unit. The OPENMATICS platform developed by ZF safely transfers the collected data and information to the ZF Cloud, where customers can access them. The platform OPENMATICS allows for the integration of further data and systems to optimize the operation of ships and can therefore be expanded as needed.
CMS is a further step which ZF is taking towards a smart marine propulsion system. This intelligent system bundles all important data to optimize ship operation, save costs, and provide critical information in emergency situations.