In a new industry collaboration, WinGD’s Integrated Digital Expert (WiDE) predictive maintenance technology is joining forces with ExxonMobil’s Mobil Serv Cylinder Condition Monitoring service to provide enhanced insight into vessel performance and engine conditions.
The integrated system will provide enhanced engine monitoring and optimisation to reduce maintenance costs and increase engine reliability. The collaboration will also focus on researching and developing next-generation engines and lubrication solutions.
The cooperation comes 8 months before the IMO’s cap on sulphur emissions enters into force. The 2020 cap is expected to bring complex operational challenges for the marine industry, therefore understanding how a ship’s engine is functioning will be more important than ever to ensure safe and efficient operation. Today’s more technologically advanced engines and support systems also require enhanced levels of monitoring with clear accuracy to ensure engine optimisation.
“Uniting our next generation cylinder condition monitoring service with WinGD’s data collection and analytics tools creates unrivalled insights into vessel operations,” said Steve Walker, global marine equipment builder manager, ExxonMobil. “This will give peace of mind to shipowners during the transition to compliant solutions.”
“By combining the output from WinGD’s Integrated Digital Expert with ExxonMobil’s Mobil Serv Cylinder Condition Monitoring lubricant analysis, we create an enhanced, bespoke, proactive maintenance programme. Combining these innovations will help shipowners reduce unplanned stoppages, save costs through engine performance optimisation and extend engine overhaul intervals,” said Rolf Stiefel, vice president of sales and marketing at WinGD.
“This co-operation underlines the operational benefits and savings available by adopting smart vessel technology during a time of unprecedented change,” commented Pamela Skaufel, director, Aviation and Marine Lubricants, ExxonMobil. “The integration of these state-of-the-art systems is at the heart of our long-standing and continued collaboration with WinGD to offer vessel operators an invaluable advantage, now and into the future.”
Mobil Serv Cylinder Condition Monitoring can also help vessel operators ensure IMO compliance by measuring the sulphur content of marine fuel throughout the fuelling system and as it enters the engine. This is achieved using the onboard test unit, which employs XRF technology to analyse the fuel’s formulation, compliant to ISO 8754 standard.