Switzerland-based Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) has signed an agreement with Greece’s ship performance monitoring specialist Propulsion Analytics to jointly develop an improved diagnostics system for its two-stroke diesel and dual-fuel engines.
The collaborative project will develop software solutions for processing and evaluating data gathered from on-engine sensors.
The resulting data will then be processed in a digital controlling, monitoring and diagnostic systems.
Once developed, the system will provide digital technologies to the shipping sector, and improve both operational efficiency and crew decision-making processes related to the main engine.
Winterthur Gas & Diesel vice-president Andrew Stump said: “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.
“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 two-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 company further noted that the proposed diagnostics system will optimise engine performance in all aspects, including fuel consumption, power, and emissions.
The system will also allow shipowners to have an integrated planning and online spare parts purchasing procedure.