Proactive Maintenance in the Azimuth Marine Propulsion: SCHOTTEL Condition Monitoring Solutions

  • Edgard MulfordEmail author
  • Julio Carrasquilla
  • Gonzalo Moreno
Conference paper


This article exposes the importance of implementing strategies to improve the reliability of naval propulsion systems, minimizing the possibility of failures through programmed actions that seek to increase the lifetime of the systems, improve their efficiency and operational productivity, reduce time costs of inactivity and prevent costly interventions for corrective actions. The document present from the SCHOTTEL experience, the development of field activities such as the vibrations & oils analysis; electromechanical inspections; computer based tools (SCHOTTEL CONDITION MONITORING, S-COM) for machine condition monitoring for the early detection of faults, an effective diagnosis of the system condition and smart decision making; up to case of study that contemplate the operation of vessels based on reactive maintenance, vessels with preventive strategies and the success obtained by vessels with proactive maintenance programs in Latin America.


Diagnosis Strategy Maintenance based on machine condition Proactive maintenance Propulsion 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edgard Mulford
    • 1
    Email author
  • Julio Carrasquilla
    • 1
  • Gonzalo Moreno
    • 1
  1. 1.SCHOTTEL de Colombia SASCartagena de IndiasColombia

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