WinGD and Enamor develop data collection and monitoring platform

Oct 06 2017

Earlier this year, Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) signed an agreement with Gdynia-based marine automation, navigation and communication specialist Enamor.

This formalised an existing collaboration agreement covering the development of a data collection and monitoring (DCM) platform for engines and associated on board systems. The first version of the new DCM hardware with monitoring software is now ready for commercial applications.

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

“The collaboration with Enamor is the next step in our plan to lead innovation in the field of shipping digitalisation,”said Dominik Schneiter, WinGD’s Vice President of Research & Development.“The DCM platform will provide engine owners and operators with an advanced tool on board ships that collects, stores, visualises 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,”he said.

Complementing its basic computing functions, the DCM platform will also enable the secure transmission of data from ship-to-shore via encrypted communication. Ashore, the data can be analysed by the shipowner and WinGD to enhance engine and vessel operations, as well as providing an input to further product and service development.

As a result, part of the WinGD-Enamor collaboration will centre on both on board and onshore 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, ie on the vessel,” 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,”Schneiter said.

WinGD EDS is designed to optimise 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 visualisation and trending.

Maciej Rek, Enamor CEO, said:“WinGD cares about technology, reliability and customer satisfaction. These values perfectly match with Enamor’s approach to business. Our co-operation was initiated early in 2015 and has developed gradually into the present product release and co-operation agreement.

“Our focus on the marine industry with remote monitoring solutions, cyber security, IT and engineering capabilities is the solid base of our partnership,”he said.  

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