SKF digitisation solutions help to increase rotating equipment performance for BP North Sea
30 April 2018
SKF’s cloud-based analytics will help BP maximise the use of condition monitoring data to improve plant reliability
SKF has signed a three-year, multi-million-pound contract with BP to supply condition monitoring services to its UK offshore assets.
As well as collecting data from a range of rotating equipment – including fans, motors and generators – SKF will provide analytics, reports and recommendations to better inform BP’s decisions around efficient and effective use of equipment.
Anecdotal evidence suggests just 1% of offshore operators use the vast volume of data they collect to aid their decision-making process.
The contract is already capturing and documenting significant efficiency gains through close collaboration between the BP and SKF teams.
Ian Peverill, Head of Service at SKF said: “Using accurate data to drive decision-making and avoid repeat issues is good for our clients and for the industry as a whole. Ultimately, this helps drive out waste and increases reliability.”
“Recently, our technology was able to detect the underlying cause of bearing vibration and provide recommendations to prevent failure of a critical motor. Our data analytics software can even propose alternative solutions that would be longer-lasting and better suited to the conditions.”
While the agreement between BP and SKF covers a defined equipment list, SKF can also supply ‘non-routine’ services to BP on demand – such as electric motor monitoring, or dynamic balancing of rotating equipment.
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