MAN B&W Alpha Lubricator System. Intelligent cylinder lubrication.
On-line cylinder process monitoring – via feedback signals of lubricant usage and fuel sulphur content to MAN B&W’s electronic Alpha Lubricator system – ensures considerable cylinder oil savings along with controllable wear rates, scuffing control and longer intervals between engine overhauls.
Operational conditions beyond the normal are unavoidable, and many shipowners simply over-lubricate their engines under the false assumption that they will thus always be on the safe side. However, over-lubrication is not only expensive – it may even be counterproductive in promoting scuffing excessive carbon deposits and / or ‘bore-polished’ running surfaces. In addition, excessive lube oil adds to the amount of visible smoke.