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ABB introduces dedicated auxiliary engine turbocharger

Written by Nick Blenkey
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MXP is designed specifically for small bore medium-speed marine auxiliary diesel engine platforms with up to 2 MW power output

JUNE 7, 2016 — ABB Turbocharging has used the CIMAC Congress in Helsinki as the opportunity to introduce its first dedicated turbocharger for marine auxiliary engine applications.

Developed in cooperation with IHI Corporation, the Marine Auxiliary Power (MXP) turbocharger is designed for ease of operation and service and supports a condition-based maintenance concept.MXP will be produced in at least three frame sizes and will be commercially available in early 2017

ABB Turbocharging says the MXP is a key part of its strategy of focusing on increased value for engine builders and operators in the large engine industry through segment and application specific turbocharging offerings.

The MXP has been designed for auxiliary engines with power output up to 2 MW, operating under HFO conditions.

In this dedicated product, the complexity of parts required in turbochargers with broader usage has been simplified for the specific operational requirements of this market.

These include ease of maintenance by the crew, based on condition, as well as optimized load response behavior, and improved efficiency at part load, which both contribute to fuel savings.

A simplified service approach was as ignificant focus in product development as the MXP allows for condition-based maintenance, optimizing operational costs.

As a user-friendly turbocharger, it enables easy and fast service preparation and simplicity of replacing parts.Self-service maintenance by the ship’s crew onboard further lowers costs while maximizing application availability and flexibility.

This will be supported by a digital, interactive solution from ABB.

MXP maintains the reliable, robust quality of ABB turbochargers, whiledelivering the required auxiliary engine operation performance for vessels such as, bulkers, tankers and mid-sized containerships.ABB says that the new turbocharger enables IMO II compliance of the engine without the need for any additional measures.

“Continually pushing the boundaries of turbocharging technology is central to our offering, which translates into segment-specific products and solutions, supporting our customers to increase their productivity,” said Oliver Riemenschneider, Head of ABB Turbocharging. “With this new turbocharger, we do this through combining the roles and expertise of ABB and IHI.

“Highly conscious of the continuous pressures facing the global marine industry, we believe in a focus on enhancing the operation and maintenance of our customers’ applications. This is demonstrated by the launch of MXP dedicated for auxiliary operation, at the most significant meeting place of the large engine industry; the CIMAC Congress.”

“In unveiling MXP, we are delivering a dedicated product in response to true market needs for auxiliary engines: simplified and designed for service; with competitive total cost of ownership; and fully meeting load response and fuel efficiency requirements,” said Roland Schwarz, Head of Marine Auxiliary Product Group and ABB Turbocharging Japan. “The CIMAC Congress is renowned for sharing of technical developments across the large engine industry, so it is ideal for our first presentation of this new product.”

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