This article will explain why Mintek’s Transcendent makes a good Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) for the Cruise Ship Industry.
Cruise Ship Ventilation Maintenance With EAM Reduces Operating Costs
Ship Ventilation Issues
Cruise ship ventilation is responsible for removing maintaining air quality in that on top of air circulation, ventilation systems remove odors, exhaust, contaminants, as well as other airborne hazardous. To be effective all components of ventilation systems such as ducts, motors and filters must work properly to be effective. The root cause of shipboard issues are a result of salt water spray which corrodes internal components as well the location of equipment which is often in tight spaces. Without inspection and preventive maintenance the result is a shortened asset lifecycle and greatly reduced energy efficiencies.
“Poorly maintained shipboard ventilation systems will result in dirty air-filters that exceed design pressure drops, clogged ductwork, and low airflow…Maintenance costs are high where the current maintenance strategy is based exclusively on either periodic efforts or component failures. “Source: Naval Safety Center
The lower efficiencies will lead to higher temperatures and humidity problems which will only amplify equipment deterioration.
The EAM Solution
Cruise ships contains countless ventilation ducts, filters and access panels. When implementing an EAM, maintenance crews will be able to identify where each piece of serviceable equipment is, the last time it was inspected or had maintenance performed as well as the detail of the work actually done. The EAM will be able to schedule inspections to meet the demands of multiple maintenance disciplines including the predictive and condition based methods of preventive maintenance. The asset database developed will enhance the ability of maintenance management to determine which components are of the highest priority as well as help predict the timeframe for asset replacement.
The Handheld Advantage
Preventing ventilation issues from becoming costly repairs is even easier when using mobile handheld devices. These rugged and durable devices will virtually eliminate any paper associated with maintenance activities. Handheld devices can be preloaded with inspection parameters with results transmitted at the push of a button. Inspection results can easily be turned into work orders if necessary or scheduled for future maintenance follow up. The result is a much more streamlined maintenance routine, lower labor costs and greater flexibility to address reactive maintenance problems.