7 Ways to Improve Your Operations

7 Ways to Improve Your Operations

 

Imagine how much you’d know about an engine if you’d spent over 4,500 years monitoring it? How to get the most out of it, protect it, and know when it’s time for repairs. With 40 million hours of marine engine data, Cat® Asset Intelligence draws on vast knowledge
and experience to help you stay on top of your engine performance and maintenance. And, most importantly, lets you stay focused on your real job – the voyage ahead.

YOU’VE GOT BETTER THINGS TO DO

When you’re operating a vessel – especially a fleet – the pressure is on to deliver. So the last thing you need is unplanned downtime that disrupts your operation and, in the worst case, jeopardizes the safety of a crew at sea. Both the sea and the commercial environment are hard enough without having to deal with that. Or even have to worry about what might happen.

Let Caterpillar and our Asset Intelligence solution for marine applications worry about that. Cat Asset Intelligence is a package of software and services that give you the security and confidence to plan your operation and get on with the job. It’ll also help you improve performance and optimize maintenance to lower running and operating costs.

At its heart, Cat Asset Intelligence is analytic software based on almost 40 million hours of marine engine data supported by expert advice from experienced operators, maintenance and repair technicians, and data analysts. Put simply, you get a clear, real-time view of where you are with your onboard equipment plus advice on the steps you can take. Wherever you are, on land or at sea.

1. PROTECT YOUR VESSELS

The worst-case scenario is failure, both in terms of the cost of repairs and unplanned downtime but also the crew safety aspect. Through Asset Intelligence you can predict and avoid failures, and even solve problems remotely with expert troubleshooting. You’ll be able to visualize the safety of your operation, as well as make sure equipment is performing in compliance with the regulations – including emissions levels.

2. IMPROVE PERFORMANCE

For your operation, Asset Intelligence for marine applications can help you improve equipment performance, increase fuel efficiency and reduce total vessel fuel burn, which could transform your bottom line. It even gives you fuel account- ability and helps you avoid fuel theft.

3. OPTIMIZE MAINTENANCE

Cat Asset Intelligence also helps you shift to Condition Based Monitoring. With a clear, up- to-date understanding of equipment condition, you don’t just protect against failure but you can also avoid unnecessary maintenance and extend overhaul intervals. Safe in the knowledge that it’s the right thing to do.

4. ALWAYS BE IN CONTROL

Asset Intelligence for marine applications puts you fully in charge of your equipment and your operation. You and your colleagues stay sharp and focused on the real job thanks to easily customized dashboards for all levels of management. What’s more, you can integrate our Asset Intelligence with your existing enterprise systems, including CMMS. What’s not to like?

5. SAVING FUEL. AND THE OPERATION.

Cat Asset Intelligence helped identify a faulty fuel injector on an OSV’s main engine through a difference in exhaust temperatures between cylinder banks at different operating modes. A simple repair saved nearly 5% in fuel consumption at idle speed. What’s more, it prevented potential failure that could have cost $750,000 in downtime and repairs.

6. EXPERTS KNOW ABOUT FAILURE

Caterpillar Marine Asset Intelligence’s team analyzed the equipment onboard a U.S. Navy destroyer as it prepared for a long tour of duty – and identified a generator with a similar start-up issue as the recently failed generator on a sister ship. This was resolved thanks to the team’s analytics and expert review, plus an in-person follow-up. Preventing a catastrophic failure on their mission, not to mention the cost of repairs on the other side of the world.

7. FINDING THE FUEL-EFFICIENCY SWEET SPOT

A container ship operating between the US and South America has a large refrigerated cargo requirement, and thus a highly variable electrical load to support. Cat Asset Intelligence analytics helped identify the optimal auxiliary engine/generator combinations for each electrical load level – based on actual performance, not just
the manufacturer’s technical documentation. As a result, the vessel could save up to $100 per hour in fuel costs, which means hundreds of thousands of dollars per year for this ship alone. 

 


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