Service interval & engine life extension
Condition based maintenance strategies will extend the time between two service intervals and extend the total lifetime of the gas turbine.
Extend service intervals & engine life?
VBR provides cost-effective solutions
Looking for cost reduction
Gas turbine operators are looking for opportunities to extend the intervals between maintenance service and to extend the total lifetime of their power plants. Extending maintenance service intervals is a very effective way to postpone maintenance investments and to reduce maintenance costs.
Sustainable maintenance improvement
VBR Turbine Partners is focused on systematic operation & maintenance improvement for GE LM gas turbines. In order to improve reliability, availability and maintainability in the long term, it is important to shift from re-active corrective maintenance to pro-active preventive & predictive maintenance. Our approach helps to prevent unnecessary disruptions (and thus the related costs and delays) and provides optimization of long-term maintenance planning and reduction of maintenance costs. To achieve this it is important to monitor the health condition of a turbine in a permanent way.
With our unique DECIDE remote maintenance support we are able to monitor and analyze key parameters (startup behavior, performance, pressure, temperature, vibrations, atmospheric contamination, lube oil debris) and disruptions of the gas turbine.
With DECIDE we immediately detect changes in engine behavior, which enables to intervene before a failure occurs. This will prevent repair costs and unnecessary downtime and extends the lifetime of the gas turbine.
Further it allows to identify issues to be solved in scheduled maintenance. Optimal long-term maintenance planning is elaborated in a strategic maintenance plan.
This shift of time based maintenance to condition based maintenance will result in more efficient maintenance and extension of the maintenance service intervals.
In our opinion another major factor affecting gas turbine profitability is the operator itself. As mentioned in our solution for Human error reduction, approximately 42% of the preventable lost production in the global process industry is primarily caused by human error. Thus, it is reasonable to assume that the global availability and profitability of a gas turbine depends for a considerable part on the knowledge and skills of gas turbine operators & maintenance engineers. VBR supports on-site operators, engineers & mechanics with education & training aimed at fine-tuning gas turbines for a higher efficiency and for preventing & solving problems. Subsequent we provide a helpdesk for real-time support.
Solutions for engine life extension in specific situations
When a gas turbine is based in Europe and it does not comply with the new NOx emission limits of the European Industrial Emissions Directive (IED), emission reduction retrofits can be the way to a prolonged engine life.
If a hot section suffers from vitrified sand deposits obstructing the air inlet, cleaning the hot section is a cost effective way to prevent premature renewal. VBR is able to perform a hot section exchange on-site and has achieved good results in hot section cleaning by dry ice blasting.
If a control system is obsolete or mature, a control system retrofit brings owners and operators a higher reliability, availability, performance and maintainability.
If a control system is new but does not function optimally or reliably a full (re)commissioning will improve its reliability, availability & mantainability.
For further information about the benefits of retrofitting obsolete or mature gas turbine control systems please contact us.