Advanced AI Engine for Automated Blade Damage Detection
Sulzer Schmid, a Swiss company pioneering UAV technology for rotor blade inspections, and artificial intelligence (AI) specialist NNAISENSE have formed a partnership to develop an artificial intelligence engine to automatically detect rotor blade damages on wind turbines.The companies expect the new technology to bring the twin benefits of improving the productivity and consistency of blade inspection processes and are aiming to build the industry’s most powerful AI engine able to recognize damages based on inspection image material.
Sulzer Schmid’s New Tech Autonomous Drone Inspections
Sulzer & Schmid Laboratories AG has announced that it has launched a new inspection platform. The company’s new 3DX HD product has been developed as a cost-effective solution to cope with large volumes of high definition blade inspections.Based on the compact and flexible DJI M-210 drone, Sulzer Schmid’s latest innovation delivers high performance and fully autonomous drone inspections at a significantly lower cost compared to its existing 3DXTM Ultra-HD product based on the DJI’s M-600 drone.Thanks to the new capabilities offered by unmanned aerial vehicles…
WinGD Elected Joins LNG Marine Fuel Institute
Switzerland-based low-speed gas and diesel marine engines marine manufacturer Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) has become a member of the LNG Marine Fuel Institute.WinGD, the company involved in the design and development of the two-stroke X-DF LNG engines, is highly invested in the advancement of the shipping industry through LNG as fuel.More than 150 engines of the new WinGD X-DF type are ordered, under construction or in operations, said a press release from the company.WinGD’s engine design history dates back to the late 1800s when they were founded as the Sulzer Diesel Engine business.
Sulzer Unveils New Coating Dispensing System
Sulzer Mixpac USA, Inc. announced the availability of MIXPAC MixCoat Spray, a member of the MIXPAC MixCoat cartridge-based two-component dispensing system family. The portable Mixpac Mixcoat Spray pneumatic dispense system is designed for small volume applications, touch-up, and repairs, including pipeline repair and field joint coating. Mixcoat Spray is suited for complex, quick-set coating structures like 100 percent solid polyurethanes and polyureas. It is widely used for offshore and water/wastewater markets…
WinGD teams up with Wärtsilä, CSSC Marine to boost services
To extend their global service offerings, Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD), recently signed agreements with Wärtsilä Services and CSSC Marine Service Co. Ltd. (CMS) as Authorized Global Service Providers. With these new agreements, valid from January 1st, 2018, both providers can now offer support for all two-stroke engine brands from Winterthur Gas & Diesel, namely WinGD, Wärtsilä and Sulzer. The support includes delivery of spare parts, provision of service engineers, reconditioning and overhaul work on components, training, upgrade solutions and maintenance agreements.
Wärtsilä, CMS Sign on as WinGD Service Providers
Propulsion engine manufacturer Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) said it has recently signed agreements enabling Wärtsilä Services and CSSC Marine Service Co. Ltd. (CMS) to act as Authorized Global Service Providers. The agreements are valid from January 1, 2018, and allow both providers to offer support for all two-stroke engine brands from Winterthur Gas & Diesel, namely WinGD, Wärtsilä and Sulzer. The support includes delivery of spare parts, provision of service engineers, reconditioning and overhaul work on components, training, upgrade solutions and maintenance agreements.
Wärtsilä Extends Service Agreement with WinGD
Wärtsilä said it has signed a 10-year service partnership agreement with the Swiss company Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd. (WinGD), a developer of two-stroke low-speed gas and diesel engines used for propulsion power in merchant shipping. The new partnership agreement appoints Wärtsilä as an authorized global service provider for all WinGD products and provides WinGD and its customers continued access to Wärtsilä’s worldwide service network and comprehensive services offering. It…
CSSC: New Service Agreement for WinGD Engines
CSSC Marine Service (CMS) formally launched its global service product lifecycle support and aftersales service with an emphasis on an agreement signed with Winterthur Gas and Diesel Ltd (WinGD) engines at a ceremony held on January 18, 2018, in Shanghai. During the event, which was attended by more than 40 representatives from major ship owners, shipyards and engine builders, Anil Soni, General Manager Operations and Deputy Managing Director, China, presented the authorization to CMS…
New Coating Dispensing System
Sulzer Mixpac USA, Inc. has launched MIXPAC MixCoat Manual, a new member of its cartridge-based two-component dispensing system line. The lightweight MixCoat Manual protective coating dispensing system features a unique brush assembly on a manual dispenser, which increases stripe coating productivity and speed, the manufacturer said. The system is suited for repairs and rope work on offshore oil and gas, petrochemical, marine, and bridge repair applications. MixCoat Manual offers efficient…
Lubricants Manufacturer Exol Eyes Maritime Markets
A new worldwide distributor deal signed between Yorkshire-based maritime diesel engine specialist Maktec Marine and Midlands headquartered lubricant giant Exol aims to catapult the U.K. lubricants manufacturer into the maritime industry. “Exol is a sleeping giant in the maritime sector,” said Mark Cornforth, owner of Maktec, a brand with 20 years of maritime industry experience. “Exol is flourishing in the industrial, automotive, agriculture and transport sectors but wants to ramp up activity in the shipping industry, which is Maktec’s specialist area.
Chevron Lubricant Receives Approval from WinGD
Chevron Marine Lubricants received a No Objection Letter (NOL) from Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) for the use of its Taro Special HT 100 cylinder lubrication oil in a number of the manufacturer’s engines when operating on a wide variety of fuels from 0.0% to 3.5% sulphur, including fuels compliant with emissions control area (ECA) regulations with a maximum content of 0.10% sulphur, eliminating the need to change cylinder lubricants when operating in and out of ECAs. This follows 2,000 hours of validation testing on-board a Panamax containership fitted with a Wärtsilä 8RT-flex82T engine. The NOL applies to the use of Taro Special HT 100 in WinGD X…
Protecting Marine Diesel Engines from Cat Fines Damage
DNVPS has warned that cat fines levels are increasing year by year. Lower sulphur marine fuels have even higher cat fines levels than typical heavy fuel oils (HFO). The ExxonMobil MobilGard lube oil monitoring service, concludes that 43 percent of all ships “have a potentially catastrophic issue with cat fines,” based on testing more than 400,000 marine diesel oil samples. So, cat fines are a very serious threat to every ship burning heavy fuel oils. What is the solution? Many have studied this serious problem, and all have come to the same basic conclusion: eliminating the 3 to 5 micron cat fines (and larger) will prevent the cat fines from damaging fuel injection pumps, fuel injectors, piston rings, pistons, cylinder liners, exhaust valve seats and stuffing box seals.
Sulzer Acquires License for Total’s Wash Tank Technology
Sulzer’s Chemtech division has been granted a license covering the Total-patented Wash Tank Technology for Oil Processing. The main purpose of this technology is to enhance the removal of water, salt and contaminants from oil and emulsions, by a controlled distribution of the feed into the bottom of a hull tank of an FPSO/FSO/FPU which transforms the water-in-oil dispersion into an oil-in-water one where high efficiency phase separation takes place more easily. The technology also involves a simplification of the topsides crude oil process.
Case Study: 18-day Exhaust Gas Scrubber Install
Goltens was contracted by a large cruise vessel owner to undertake the installation of two exhaust gas scrubbers on one of its ships to comply with sulfur emissions regulations. The vessel is powered by four GMT/Sulzer 16ZAV40S and two GMT/Sulzer 12ZAV40S diesel electric generating sets. The project involved the evaluation, planning, design and installation of two 10+ meter long exhaust gas scrubber towers on Diesel Generators #1 and #2 with a deadline to complete the operation before the end of the vessel’s dry dock period in a U.S. port.
Total Lubmarine Launches Talusia Optima
Lubricants supplier Total Lubmarine has launched Talusia Optima, a new cylinder lube oil compatible with high sulphur heavy fuel oils and ultra-low sulphur distillate fuels. According to the manufacturer, the new lube has been developed to simplify the management of vessels trading globally in and out of Emission Control Areas (ECAs), and offers the potential to reduce lube consumption and help extend engine life. Talusia Optima is suitable for use with fuels ranging in sulphur content of between 0 and 3.5 percent. Talusia Optima has received a no objection letter from major OEM Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) for the use of the product across its two-stroke engine ranges.
Wärtsilä Offloads its WinGD Stake to CSSC
In a prepared statement China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) and Wärtsilä announced that Wärtsilä transferred its 30% shareholding in Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd. (WinGD), headquartered in Winterthur, Switzerland, to CSSC, one of the largest shipping conglomerates in China. WinGD will continue as an independent, international company to develop and innovate its two-stroke low-speed marine engine portfolio serving merchant markets and customers worldwide. WinGD started the development of large internal combustion engines in 1898 under the “Sulzer” name.
Total Talusia Optima Receives Approval From Win GD
Lubricants supplier Total Lubmarine has received a no objection letter from Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) for the use of its cylinder lubricant Talusia Optima with the whole range of Wärtsilä engines. Talusia Optima is a new cylinder lube oil (CLO) suitable for use with fuels ranging in sulphur content from 0-3.5 percent. The product is currently being tested on a range of ships and is expected to be brought to market later in 2016. Talusia Optima completed over 4,300 hours of validation tests on-board a mega boxship deployed on Asia-Europe liner routes.
Chevron Cylinder Oil Gains Interim NOL for Wärtsilä Engines
Chevron’s new 100BN cylinder oil Taro Special HT 100 offers ship owners the ability to achieve the latest emissions legislation and has now received interim approval for its use in another key engine range – products made by Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd (formerly Wärtsilä). A Wärtsilä engine has satisfactorily completed 2,000 hours of a 4,000-hour shipboard testing program conducted by Chevron and reviewed by the company. After examining the results for the Wärtsilä 8RT-flex82T engine and analysis of samples of the lubricating oil…
WinGD Presents Two-stroke Engine Technology at CIMAC
The market for fuel-efficient low-speed two-stroke engines is vibrant, and will continue to gather pace with IMO Tier III regulations from 2016, and also the worldwide NOx abatement demands. Modern engines also need to be able to cope with the ever-decreasing quality of residual fuels available, as well as the ability to operate in dual-fuel (DF) mode. Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD), as the leading developer of low-speed two-stroke marine engines since 1898 under “Sulzer” name, will present the latest innovative technology at CIMAC congress this year for what is essentially required by today’s merchant vessels. In total, eight papers will be submitted to the congress…
New Wärtsilä Subsidiary Trades Classic Engine Parts
Wärtsilä announced it has established a subsidiary to trade spare parts for classic four-stroke Wärtsilä engines. QuantiParts, fully owned by Wärtsilä, will operate from the Netherlands and serves customers in the marine, locomotive and power plant industries worldwide. QuantiParts trades original engine manufacturer (OEM) spare parts for selected mature Wärtsilä medium- and high-speed four-stroke engines, such as Deutz, Stork, Bolnes, Sulzer A/S, Poyaud, SACM and Crepelle. The new company is based in Zwolle, the Netherlands, where its spare parts are traded from. The company's stock consists of nearly 5.5 million components for more than 40 different engine types.
Sulzer Takes Measures in the Pumps Equipment Division
Based on the current challenging environment in the oil and gas market, Sulzer decided to take measures to streamline the manufacturing capacities of its Pumps Equipment division. Since the beginning of 2015, Sulzer’s Pumps Equipment division has been organized in three market-oriented business units Oil and Gas, Power, and Water, a dedicated global Parts, Retrofit, and Nuclear Services organization, and a Global Operations network. With the new setup, the company targets to make better use of its capacity and improve quality.
Sulzer Appoints Dittrich as Interim CEO
The Board of Directors of Sulzer was surprised to hear of Klaus Stahlmann's personal decision to step down as CEO of Sulzer AG. The Board of Directors acknowledges Mr. Stahlmann's contribution to Sulzer's realignment, but in the interests of maintaining clarity and focus on the management of the company it has released Mr. Stahlmann with immediate effect. The Board of Directors appointed the CFO of Sulzer, Thomas Dittrich, in addition to his duties as CFO to the Group’s interim CEO, also with immediate effect.
Chevron Cylinder Oil Gains NOL from Wärtsilä
Chevron Marine Lubricants’ 100BN cylinder oil, Taro Special HT 100 has received approval for its use in another engine range – products made by Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd. (formerly Wärtsilä Switzerland Ltd.). Following the completion of a 4,000-hour shipboard testing program on a Wärtsilä 8RT-flex82T engine conducted by Chevron and reviewed by the OEM, as well as and analysis of the engine and samples of the lubricating oil, Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd has now issued a full No Objection Letter (NOL) covering the use of the lubricant, Chevron announced today. The approval allows the use of Taro Special HT 100 oil in Wärtsilä RTA, RT-flex and W-X engines as well as in Sulzer two-stroke engines operating on fuels with sulphur contents in the range of 2 to 3.5 percent on a continuous basis.