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WinGD and Propulsion Analytics to develop engine diagnostics platform

Engine designer Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) has signed an agreement with ship performance monitoring company Propulsion Analytics of Piraeus, Greece, to jointly develop a diagnostics system to acquire and evaluate real-time propulsion operating data from all WinGD 2-stroke diesel and dual-fuel engines.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The proposed system will analyse data on the performance and condition of the engine and its sub-components in real-time to provide live troubleshooting and diagnostic advice to the crew. In addition, the system will be capable of connecting to shore-based stakeholders as required.

This will cover optimisation of fuel consumption, power and emissions; condition-based maintenance with prediction and diagnosis of component malfunction; along with information on which key components are affected and what are the relevant steps to fix the malfunction.

The system will also have an integrated planning function and online spare parts purchasing, automatically communicating data to relevant parties such as service providers as required.

This list of requirements was identified by WinGD in consultation with its engine end-users, and will be used by Propulsion Analytics to develop software solutions for the evaluation of data gathered from on-engine sensors.

“In present market conditions, where shipping companies are striving to further optimise their operations and reduce costs, this technology will provide real time support to improve the performance and operational efficiency of their main engine and machinery, while simultaneously strengthening WinGD’s technology leadership in this new digital era,” said WinGD VP operations, Andrew Stump.

“With real-time data collection and exchange across a shipping company’s vessels, WinGD’s new engine diagnostic system will be the first advanced product on a 2-stroke engine that will not only optimise and monitor performance but will also track the condition of key engine components.”

“It will be able to predict future malfunctions and provide troubleshooting support to shipping companies in order to prevent failures and/or fix technical problems faster and more economically.”

The agreement between the companies targets the implementation of one pilot system with a shipping company in early 2017. The prototype is expected to be running in the field by mid-2017 and full release on the entire WinGD engine portfolio is forecasted for 2018.{/mprestriction}

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