Upgraded monitoring from Flow Marine
This year Flow Marine has launched version 1.5 of its monitoring and control system, which provides an advanced configuration interface giving full control over both the setup and calibration of all the sensors and alarms in the vessel system as well as remote monitoring.
Separately they have demonstrated their online quotation portal, which allows installers and potential customers to enter, edit and save their system requirements and get an instant quotation.
Rebecca Vaughan, Operations Director at Flow Marine commented, “For us the key theme has been remote monitoring and vessel connectivity this year. Everyone is talking about data integration. The US NMEA that sets standards for electronic integration ran a remote monitoring session and also introduced their new communication protocol OneNet which is scheduled to launch in 2018. OneNet will facilitate remote data transfer from the vessel to the cloud using an Ethernet connection.”
Flow Marine has been approached to provide a platform to link data generated by their monitoring software and the manufacturer. Both the vessel’s crew and shore operators plus manufacturers can see that being alerted quickly to reactive maintenance issues while having the historical equipment usage data on hand will enable accurate and efficient trouble shooting, reduce downtime and provide cost savings. However, the benefits to remote monitoring go way beyond improved reactive and condition based maintenance. Vessel connectivity enables intelligent, predictive maintenance by using collected data to predict and prevent potential failures.
Some areas of the commercial marine sector are already using remote monitoring data and making massive cost savings as a result. One operator monitors 7000 channels for situational awareness and alarms and as a result they estimate that $20 million per year is saved in fuel costs.
Vaughan commented, “What we have seen this year is that the marine industry realises the benefit of remote monitoring and connectivity and they want this onboard as soon as possible. We plan to launch our cloud monitoring software in the New Year.”
Flow Marine Ltd was founded in 2015 and it has developed a ground-breaking real-time data monitoring and analysis system. The system uses the most advanced software technologies to provide a user interface which can be accessed from any computer or mobile device on board the vessel or via their secure web portal to anywhere else in the world. The system is built from off-the-shelf, type-approved industrial components and has already been installed on a wide range of vessels.
The system's support for all common marine and industrial field-bus protocols as well as emerging internet technologies means that as well as supporting standard switches and sensors, it can interface with virtually any other system. These include NMEA-based navigation instruments, engine controllers, power management systems, PLCs, and proprietary controllers.
By Dag Pike
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