Drew Offers Electronic Steam System Monitoring

Tuesday, February 20, 2001
A new PC-based software from the Drew Marine Division of Ashland Specialty Chemical Company, monitors steam generating water treatment tests and recommends action for out-of-range results.

The software, called Drew Watch Electronic Services, is the first electronic steam system monitoring software in the marine industry. It eliminates hand compilation of paper logs by automatically generating color histograms, and allows data to be sent electronically from the ship to Drew technical centers, as well as to ship management, for in-depth review and further recommendations.

Drew Watch Electronic Services can be used on motor vessel steam systems (low pressure) that include exhaust gas and auxiliary heat steam systems for fuel, cargo and comfort, as well as medium- to high-pressure steam propulsion systems up to 900 psig. Cruise ships using small steam generating systems, comprising feed water, boiler water and condensate can use Drew Watch to obtain the maximum effectiveness from chemical treatments which extend the life and efficiency of the system.

In addition to providing test result recommendations, the software can act as a virtual Drew Marine service engineer, training new users how to run tests, interpret them and what action to take.

The easy-to-install software is leased in conjunction with the sale of Drew Marine water treatment products.

Minimum PC requirements are at least 8 MB of memory, 7 MB of free disk space, a 486 processor, 256-color SVGA screen with 800 x 600 resolution and Windows 95.

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