3G cellular internet condition monitoring for marine gensets
The eWON VPN router, which uses the Talk2M ( Talk to Machines) internet- based remote access system, allows a manufacturer of marine generating sets to monitor and report on the condition of its diesel- electric generating sets, located onboard an oil platform supply vessel, via a cellular ( 3G internet) connection. By providing a cost- effective and secure two- way communications system, that is both modular and mobile, the genset manufacturer can now communicate with the equipment onboard the vessel as if one of its service engineers were sitting there right next to the equipment with a laptop. Prior to this the manufacturer would need to send a service engineer to the vessel, wherever it was located in the world, and manually upload condition monitoring data from the generating sets. Not only is this a costly exercise, it is also time consuming especially when uploading weeks or months of condition monitoring data. This new approach, provided by M. A. C. Solutions ( UK) Limited, installs generating sets in the engine room of the ship. As the vessel moves back to within 3G range of the coast, engineers can download condition monitoring data – such as torsional vibration, thermal and power quality data - remotely. Any unusual events in the data can be identified quickly and reported to the customer.