General Electric converts diesel ships into smart navy
GE has closed a contract with the US Navy in order to optimize operational readiness. As part of this process, supply vessels will be translated to digital twins.26 Feb. 2018 Roland Freist
The agreement initially proposes that two bulk freighters from the Military Sealift Command (MSC) of the US Navy, which are deployed for replenishment deliveries, will be analyzed using the Predix Motor Fleet APM (Asset Performance Management) from GE. This refers to a suite of software and service solutions, which should improve the performance of basically any system. What’s more, this should also increase reliability and availability.
GE wants to use this data to create a Digital Twin, which, among other things, depicts the propulsion of the ships, the frequencies being used as well as the diesel-operated machines. Following this, actual data from the two transporters will be continuously compared with that of the Digital Twin using Predix APM; any deviations are immediately forwarded to the ship’s mechanic. The Navy wants to use this Predictive Maintenance method to reduce maintenance costs and improve operational readiness. The data is checked in collaboration with the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) at the GE Houston Remote Monitoring & Diagnostic Center.
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