Growing the ABB Ability™ portfolio, ABB Turbocharging launches at Marintec 2017 in Shanghai its first digital turbocharging solutions for enhanced performance, operational flexibility and lower operating costs for marine customers. These solutions will further harness the power of digitalization through connection to the vessel optimization system and ABB’s Collaborative Operations Centers for the marine sector. This combines the collective expertise of ABB in marine propulsion, optimization, advisory, and turbocharging, with digital connectivity.
Tekomar XPERT for engine performance analysis
Bringing marine customers actionable insights to improve their engine performance, ABB has acquired Tekomar XPERT, a performance analysis and advisory software solution. Tekomar XPERT brings fuel savings across entire fleets through analysis of actual operation and performance data compared to sea trial and test data, identifying low performance on any engine at any load and provid-ing recommendations for action.
Available for all marine customers and currently in operation on over 1,000 vessels, Tekomar XPERT is targeted at two-stroke and auxiliary engines enabling increased efficiency of reporting and better collaboration for improved engine condition and maintenance.
ABB Ability Digital SIKO for uncompromised reliability at optimized costs
ABB has extended its SIKO concept (Sicherheitskonzept/safety concept) through the power of digitalization, bringing to market ABB Ability Digital SIKO for uncompromised turbocharger reliability. Slow-steaming, now the standard in the merchant marine industry, brings changes in vessel operations. Based on the time-proven SIKO calculations for exchange intervals, Digital SIKO, first available for two-stroke applications, incorporates data from individual turbocharger operation.
Depending on turbocharger utilization, an individual turbocharger assessment leads to an updated recommended exchange interval and might allow for extended turbocharger operation – resulting in optimized maintenance costs. Under Digital SIKO, extended parts are guaranteed from ‘dry-dock to dry-dock’, and the updated recommended exchange intervals from ABB as the turbocharger OEM supports operators’ compliance requirements, enabling further cost management potential across entire fleets.
Turbocharging monitoring for transparency of operations
Combining digital connectivity and integrated reporting, ABB is enhancing data-driven decision-making based on key parameters in the operation of engine and turbocharging systems. The approach gathers actionable data from signals logging speeds, temperatures, loads, etc. ABB customers will gain transparency of operation for enhanced failure prevention, higher availability, and increased operational flexibility.
Oliver Riemenschneider, Managing Director, ABB Turbocharging explained, “Our ambition for digitalization of turbocharging is to enable customers to reach the next level in terms of efficiency, operational flexibility, reliability and, most crucially, cost optimization over the lifecycle. As market dynamics continue to change, we remain committed to increasing value for our customers. We believe these new solutions will better enable them to know more about their vessel operations, to achieve more from their fleets, and ultimately for their businesses to perform better into the future.”