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ABB adds to digital maintenance management options

ABB has added a ‘Fleet Intelligence’ module to its ABB Ability Collaborative Operations software, to provide marine customers with an integrated overview of their ship system maintenance requirements in place of separate reports, and consequently improve the efficiency of maintenance programmes.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The Fleet Intelligence software incorporates equipment condition monitoring, including analysis and visualisation of defined performance parameters. In addition, condition monitoring can be supported by remote diagnostics services, including preventive maintenance recommendations or predictive edge analytics.

Building upon ABB’s Asset Health Centre (AHC) software, the system is also able to collect data from third party applications to create an integrated system that should allow for more precise inspection scheduling, better spare parts availability, and prolonged equipment service life.

“Moving away from theoretical maintenance based on supplier manuals means that the customer can create work orders that feed into a planned maintenance system based on actual need rather than service manual generalities. Closing the loop on maintenance assessment, equipment monitoring and analytics gives customers the application they need to fully digitalise vessel operations,” said Kenneth Nakken, ABB Marine & Ports head of digital service.

“Typically, condition monitoring systems are not based on specific failure modes and services are delivered by multiple providers. Data-driven services use different delivery methods; standalone web-applications and reports make it difficult for operators to get a full overview of their actual maintenance needs and plan for them.”

“When developing this solution, we looked at how the airline industry has digitalised its maintenance strategy. Assessing maintenance activities using a Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM) approach and creating a Failure-mode, Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA) analysis allowed us to focus on optimising maintenance by identifying and reducing the risk to the assets onboard a ship.”{/mprestriction}

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