Cat Offers Piston Service Solution for MaK Engines


By The Maritime Executive 11-14-2019 02:44:55

The piston is probably the most important part of a diesel engine. It’s also one of the parts that’s subject to the most stress. Transmitting the combustion forces to the crankshaft, the piston not only compresses the original air volume by 20:1. It also travels at up to 14 m /s or 50 km/h, reversing direction ten times every second.

That’s why we offer a MaK™ service solution to make sure your diesel engine can get back to work quickly if something happens to this critical component.

Our service solution replaces the entire piston, including crown, skirt rings and gaskets at one time, all on board the vessel. No matter where you are, this solution comes at one price in one box—all from one source. We also offer the option to keep your used pistons for later remanufacturing and reuse.

Your benefits

  • Availability of all necessary parts
  • Lower operating cost
  • Peace of mind for the operator
  • Quality and reliability

Frequently Asked Questions

How much longer can a vessel owner operate once a ring breakage occurs?

Independent of the load at which the breakage occurs, the engine should be stopped immediately. However, the risk of piston ring and piston seizure may occur before the engine stops rotating. Therefore, serious consequential damage may still occur.

What are the biggest and most common damages that occur when looking at pistons?

Piston seizure by lack of lube oil lubrication, lack of cooling oil, piston ring seizure as well as piston ring breakage and excessive ring groove wear are the most common damages that may occur. 

How do we prevent excessive ring groove wear?

Fuel ignition quality, lube oil cleanliness, fuel injection maintenance and operational profile all play a role in excessive ring groove wear. Using the original combination of groove and piston ring materials will prevent excessive ring groove wear and reduce carbon formation.

What are the consequences of having carbon formation in the groove?

When the carbon layer blocks the rings from moving optimally, the pressure build up and decrease within the piston rings leads to increased wear at groove and piston ring. Lubricating consumption will increase and piston seizure may occur.

What would occur if increased wear at groove and piston ring occurred?

If allowed to continue, the piston ring temperature will increase and as a result wear will accelerate. This could lead to blow by, piston seizure and potentially a more serious crank case explosion, with consequential damage to main bearing journal and crankshaft.

For what type of engines is this kit available?

This kit is available for all MaK current engine models (M 20, M 25, M 32 and M 43). In the near future the scope of supply will be expanded to the older engine types.

The products and services herein described in this press release are not endorsed by The Maritime Executive.