Maintenance Tips for Electronic Marine Engine Systems

Almost all marine machinery today is incorporated with electronic automation systems from remote controlled operations to advanced pollution control methods. Electronic advancement has been seen predominantly in the two stroke main engines of a ship. In electronic marine engines, the electronic system serves to improve efficiency and performance of the main engine by providing better communication and control. With this said, no matter how technologically advanced a ship may become, marine engines will still consist of mechanical moving parts. Maintenance of these electronic and mechanical parts is the top priority of a ship engineer. In this article we will go over some important tips to ensure a smooth and safe trip on water.

The first step should be to establish a familiarity with the ship’s engine manual. Having a good understanding of a ship’s engine manual will make reading circuit diagrams and navigating electronic systems a normality that both educates and establishes a vital awareness of important detail and troubleshooting. Maintaining mechanical and electronic components and interfaces by establishing routine maintenance checks is a proactive step to avoid mechanical malfunction and wrong/error signals between control units and marine machinery parts. This can not be overlooked.

Signals are sent to control units by the use of sensors that relay important information and these sensors need to be maintained and checked for dust/deposits, misalignments and calibration intervals. These signals are sent from sensor to control unit via cables and connections. Any abnormality with cables and connections must immediately be rectified and thus regular checking of these communication lines is a necessity for maintenance success. All electronic systems are temperature sensitive and controlled surrounding areas for these systems should be upkept by the use of air conditioners and placements that are well ventilated. Placements should also be properly secured as to avoid vibrations that can lead to erratic readings and damaged electronic components. 

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