Hillhouse Industrial & Marine has just installed their newest torsionmeter system, the ShaftMaster 1000F, on the vessel Pacific Tracker from the MURAD fleet. The ShaftMaster 1000F system is a fiber optic-based shaft horsepower measuring system, one of several models the company offers. This system is used on shafts up to 1800rpm in a non-hostile environment. A dedicated rpm system was added to the ShaftMaster 1000F system installed on this ship. The customer will receive rpm updates every ten seconds but it can be adjusted to update every second.
Data that is recorded and displayed by any of the ShaftMaster 1000 systems include shaft horsepower, shaft rpm, shaft torque, shaft horsepower hours, total shaft revolutions, total engine hours triggered by rpm setpoints, kilowatts, tonne meters and other units of measure.
Hillhouse Industrial & Marine president Rodney Hillhouse said: "The ShaftMaster 1000F system uses fiber optics. It is not a strain gauge system and therefore does not go out of calibration."
The ShaftMaster has a NEMA 4 enclosure with a keypad and display. There is an optional touchscreen mounted in the control room, which records data onto a micro SD chip that can be transferred to a PC and opens up in Microsoft Excel. No drilling or tapping of the bearing is necessary. The sensors are mounted across each end of the bearing housing. The calibration is completed without using any tools or turning of any potentiometers and the customer is able to calibrate and/or verify the calibration at any time.