Engine optimisation system launched by Caterpillar

Caterpillar Marine has launched a new Multi-Engine Optimizer (MEO) tool, which uses proprietary performance data and control algorithms to provide intelligence for power management systems, which can be applied to improving fuel efficiency by more precisely balancing engine loads.

MEO advises the power management systems on which engines should be operating in a particular situation, and enables the use of dynamic asymmetric loads to create the combination of engines and loads that will offer the lowest possible fuel consumption.

“MEO is designed to operate in conjunction with any system, new or retrofit,” said Theodore Wiersema, business process manager for Caterpillar Marine.

“The PLC-based system contains proprietary performance data and control algorithms providing the highest overall fuel efficiency. MEO enables a stable bus while engines of different size and rated speeds simultaneously share load operating at different targeted fuel set points. The cost savings can be quite significant depending on the load profile of the vessel and the types of engines on the bus.”

The 700mm wide MEO cabinet can be installed in an engine or control room. As an advisory system it can be turned off at any time, allowing the existing power management device to return to its normal operating procedures.