New Software Aims to improve Fuel Efficiency, Reduce Unnecessary Maintenance

The software was developed by a UK-based James Fisher Mimic and Lancaster University.

New condition-monitoring software is aiming to make ships "smarter" by improving fuel efficiency and reducing unnecessary maintenance, Lancaster University announced this week.\u00a0

The university said that UK-based\u00a0James Fisher Mimic (JFM) had collaborated with Lancaster University Professor\u00a0Xiandong Ma to create a new "mimic" software that allowed companies to base their maintenance on condition and performance, rather than putting a ship out of commission unnecessarily through scheduled maintenance.\u00a0

It added that though condition monitoring had previously been used for other aspects of a ship, interest was only growing now for using the technology to monitor fuel performance.\u00a0

Based on the outcome of the collaboration, both the university of JFM said that they would continue working together on future projects.\u00a0

\u201cThis research has helped enormously with deeper signal processing than was currently undertaken and has resulted in a deeper understanding of machinery fault situations," said\u00a0Martin Briddon, Engineering Manager of JFM.

"We are now able to use the knowledge and information to develop new ways of searching for machinery faults amongst a clutter of normal operational data.

Earlier this month, Ship & Bunker reported that a new report had predicted that the ships of the future would be taking advantage of new technologies to become\u00a0smarter, data driven, and more digitally connected.\u00a0



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