Different types of gas turbine operation require different kinds of maintenance strategies to ensure reliable and cost effective operation over time throughout the entire equipment life cycle.

From reactive to proactive solutions

VBR Turbine Partners supports GE LM users to reduce total cost of ownership by enabling a shift from time-based maintenance to condition-based maintenance. This is achieved by defining and identifying maintenance indicators, resources, objectives, costs and ROI. By holding these key performance indicators against your specific business situation and requirements, operators can plan their long-term maintenance strategies in the most efficient and cost effective way.

Optimal planning (both practical and financial) of maintenance will result in a strategic maintenance plan, which can become part of a maintenance agreement.

Condition monitoring

Although condition monitoring is no strict requirement for a good maintenance plan, it is this intelligent monitoring that enables the shift from time-based to condition-based maintenance.

At VBR Turbine Partners we have an in-depth knowledge how gas turbines operate and what the impact of various key parameters on the wear and efficiency of an engine will be. From a maintenance perspective, we analyze inspection results and insights gained from condition monitoring of the gas turbine and its subsystems. This way VBR can predict when certain engine problems will most likely arise so adequate maintenance activities can be scheduled well in advance.

Defining an optimum maintenance process

After gathering and analyzing all the data, VBR and the customer can determine in conjunction the optimal moment to perform required maintenance activities. Conducting the maintenance can be based on factors such as the customers’ operating conditions, priorities, risk appetite, resource availability, market demand and rates, etc. We define the optimum maintenance process in order to achieve minimal business process interruptions and lowest maintenance costs. The outcome of this consultation and coordination process will be captured in a strategic maintenance plan.