Wärtsilä Expands Predictive Maintenance Options

Wärtsilä said its digital predictive maintenance product is now being offered to support two-stroke engines and will be available for scrubbers at a later date.

Originally launched in November 2019 for four-stroke engines, Expert Insight combines artificial intelligence (AI) techniques and rule-based advanced diagnostics with the knowledge and experience of Wärtsilä’s product experts to detect potential issues in asset operating data, and enable experts to provide actionable advice proactively. This enables a predictive maintenance strategy, whereby the health and efficiency of the equipment form the basis of maintenance activities.

“The launch of Expert Insight last year took predictive maintenance to the next level, allowing us to detect a greater percentage of issues than previously, and at an even earlier stage. This enables the experts in our Expertise Centers to deliver fast and proactive advice to customers, thus increasing operational uptime,” says Frank Velthuis, Director Digital Product Development, Wärtsilä.

Available in combination with Wärtsilä’s Lifecycle Solutions offering, Expert Insight provides clear differentiation from other digital solutions of this type, and is a further development that leverages Wärtsilä’s extensive know-how of predictive maintenance systems and its deep in-house experience with the onboard assets. With Expert Insight the paradigm changes even more from reactive to proactive.

The Expert Insight scrubbers minimum viable product (MVP) provides customers operating scrubbers with compliance information, including automated non-compliance incident reporting, scrubber usage statistics and a live compliance map. The predictive maintenance features for scrubbers will be released at a later stage.

Wärtsilä said itss Lifecycle Solutions offering is designed to go beyond maintenance and operation by delivering guaranteed performance based on mutually agreed target levels. Having both two- and four-stroke engines, as well as scrubbers supported by Expert Insight adds further value to the concept.

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