ABB Turbocharging has introduced a continuous evaluation function to add to the insights delivered by its Tekomar XPERT engine performance diagnostics software
This new digital offering will allow the software to use engine data gathered by edge computing services, adding a new dimension to the software’s monitoring, reporting and advisory capabilities.
ABB Turbocharging product manager Pascal Reolon said “Continuous evaluation allows for the cloud-to-cloud transfer of engine data from edge computing platforms to Tekomar XPERT” adding “The result will be faster access to more engine data from which to draw even quicker insights to optimise engine performance.”
The function will enable ABB to offer remote continuous performance evaluation, with instant comparison of an engine’s current performance with its digital twin, from which Tekomar XPERT draws advice for optimising performance. The company said automating the data gathering process for performance evaluations can ensure greater accuracy and more frequent reporting, and will reduce the crew’s workload.
Edge refers to the geographical distribution of internet network coverage. Edge computing is done near the source of the data allowing large volumes of data to be processed before it is transferred to the cloud for storage. The technology is seen as a practical solution for environments that may not always have guaranteed internet coverage, such as ships at sea.
Continuous evaluation can be used to collate data from any platform that sends data to the cloud. But vessels will need to install the data collection and transmission hardware required by the edge computing platform provider as well as subscribing to Tekomar XPERT.
Tekomar XPERT runs on any engine, regardless of type or age and ABB said it updates the programme with regular six-month releases providing subscribers with additional connectivity and diagnostic features.
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