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Royston begins engine diagnostics programme

Diesel power company Royston has introduced a new engine diagnostics, health check and consultancy service to add to its traditional marine engine service and repair business, investing in new technology and equipment, and enhancing its software capabilities to provide analysis of engine and condition monitoring data.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}As well as supporting on-board engine maintenance routines and class surveys, the extended Royston Health Check programme will also provide service engineers for emergency engineering responses, fault-finding and problem diagnoses.

Bespoke test equipment, hand-held computers and proprietary software will be used to carry out trouble-shooting analysis of medium and high speed engines on all types of vessels, with the engine diagnostics test list including a borescope examination of the combustion chamber taking in liner bores, piston crowns, cylinder heads and valves.

Assessments are also made of peak pressures, exhaust gas emissions, fuel pump timing and laser alignment of the propeller shaft. Crankshaft deflection detection and thermographic surveys of electrical components and connections are additionally included.

“Whether as a class requirement or as part of a planned maintenance schedule, regular specialist engine diagnostics can help to prevent costly breakdowns and significantly add to the useful performance life of a vessel,” said Neil Graham, Royston technical director.

“In particular, continued engine reliability, better fuel economy and lower vessel emissions all rely on regular maintenance checks. However, with vessels often typically carrying very few onboard engineers, there is limited time available for engine health checks to be carried out and this is where the experience of our specialist engineering teams can provide useful support for fleet owners and operators.”{/mprestriction}

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