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ABB upgrades Tekomar XPERT for fleet for efficient engine performance

In a bid to offer an easy-access to its web portal interface, ABB Ability Tekomar XPERT, a unified, cross-industry digital platform by ABB, provides accurate insights on engine performance from fleet to vessel-level with all key indicators available at a glance. Tekomar XPERT, a subscription-based smart web solution is available through ABB Ability.

The usage of Tekomar XPERT spans across any marine main and auxiliary engine, irrespective of manufacturer, type, age or size. The software does not require any hardware installation and the application can be dropped into the shipping company’s regular IT system and is accessible via PCs, tablets and mobiles. More than 1,400 vessels globally have been equipped with Tekomar XPERT to-date.

Beat Güttinger, Head Tekomar, ABB Turbocharging, said, “Tekomar XPERT for fleet help maintain and keep an eye on engine performance, an easy undertaking for fleet managers, ship operators and owners. This smart digital solution with the newly introduced Engine Health Index, offers marine customers an instant overview of their entire fleet. Whether an operator oversees five ships or many more across an international fleet, they can benchmark their fleets, ships and engines and quickly drilldown into more details to identify potential low performers or late reporters. Tekomar XPERT for fleet takes away the time consuming analysis of engine performance and allows operators to immediately focus on fixing problems to reduce fuel consumption and minimises downtime and maintenance costs.”

Today, integrated digital technologies for fleet management are gaining traction as Indian marine operators are adopting this technology. Technologies like integrated power and automation package with access to remote operations center provides reliability, safety and optimised route solutions. Amid this, industries associated with marine sector are also deploying first-of-its-kind digitally-enabled planning and optimisation software solution for barge movement, used used majorly for moving iron ore and steel plant material. Electrification for container handling terminals lately had been a catalyst contributing demand for such solutions.

Once installed on every vessel in a fleet, Tekomar XPERT can quantify deviations in engine performance and provide simple guidance to run engines at optimum-level efficiency. The software also recommends corrective actions for realising of potential fuel oil savings.

Deviations from actual service performance to shop trial reference are converted to a fuel penalty. This fuel penalty is broken down in reference to single parameters. For each parameter, there is a recommended action to bring back the performance to optimum and realise the fuel oil saving.  Following the advice provided by the software, results in significant fuel savings of typically 0.5 to 3 tonne of fuel per day, per vessel.

This kind of advanced diagnostics, combined with sharing the information with onshore office, allows ship operators to immediately focus on fixing potential problems, rather than spending many hours analysing them. 

Tekomar XPERT for fleet incorporates all standard features found in the original Tekomar XPERT application with additional fleet functionality, developed specifically to support middle and top management decisions.

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