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WinGD moves ahead on digitalization

Written by Nick Blenkey
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Remote Data Collecting & Monitoring (DCM)

OCTOBER 2, 2017 — Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) reports that a data collection and monitoring (DCM) platform for engines and associated onboard systems, developed in collaboration with Enamor Ltd of Gdynia, is now ready for commercial application.

Among its features, the platform is closely tailored to operating with WinGD’s engine and ship-specific software, including advanced diagnostic software that WinGD is developing with Propulsion Analytics of Piraeus, Greece.

“The collaboration with Enamor is the next step in our plan to lead innovation in the field of shipping digitalization”, said Dominik Schneiter, Vice President of Research & Development at WinGD. “The DCM platform will provide engine owners and operators with an advanced tool aboard ships that collects, stores, visualizes and post-processes all engine data, as well as relevant ship information and other machinery data. This comprehensive fund of data will be the foundation of our digital solution portfolio, enabling value-adding analyses and remote support. It is the starting point of a game-changing product that will provide optimum customer value.”

Complementing its basic computing functions, the DCM platform will also enable the reliable and secure transmission of data from ship-to-shore via encrypted communication. Ashore, the data can be analyzed by the ship owner and WinGD to enhance engine and vessel operation, as well as providing a valuable input for further product and service development.

Part of the WinGD-Enamor collaboration will center on both on-board and on-shore machinery data storage and internet access to the data.

“The WinGD DCM platform is the gateway to engine, ship and ship machinery data, creating an IoT (Internet of Things) network with most of the analytics done on the edge, i.e. on the vessel,” Mr. Schneiter added. “This platform will allow us to fully leverage the capabilities of the WinGD Engine Diagnostic System (EDS) developed with Propulsion Analytics and provide maximum benefits for our customers. The combination of EDS and DCM, enables WinGD to offer not only insights into operational parameters of vessel, main engine and other vital ship systems but also analytical tools for the ship’s crew and personnel ashore.

“It will also offer WinGD as an engine developer, key insights – of the sort that have not been available thus far – for the further improvement of our products and services.”

WinGD EDS is designed to optimize engine performance, including fuel consumption, power, emissions and response. It targets the elimination of unplanned downtime by the intelligent diagnosis of the performance of sub-systems and components, as well as enabling the prediction and diagnosis of component malfunctions and on-condition maintenance, including visualization and trending.

“WinGD cares about technology, reliability and customer satisfaction,” said Maciej Rek, CEO of Enamor “These values perfectly match with Enamor’s approach to business. Our cooperation was initiated early in 2015 and has developed gradually into the present product release and cooperation agreement. Our focus on the marine industry with remote monitoring solutions, cybersecurity, IT and engineering capabilities is the solid base of our partnership”, noted.

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