Geislinger Digital Solutions has a new milestone to celebrate. After numerous installations and updates in 2022, the latest cooperation between Geislinger, its installation partner ADS van STIGT and the Swedish shipping company Stena Line represents the next stage of digital powertrain monitoring in the form of multiple engine monitoring.
Stena Line's Stena Britannica carries up to 230 cars and 1200 passengers daily from the Dutch port of Hoek Van Holland to Harwich in the UK. The ship, which was specially designed for this route, is part of an important infrastructural connection between The Netherlands and England and is the most direct ferry between the two countries.
To monitor the efficiency of the Stena Britannica's powertrain, an earlier version of Geislinger's monitoring system, the Mk4, was installed on two of the main MAN diesel engines a year after the ship was launched in 2011. This allowed for an initial form of multiple engine monitoring, with each Mk4 measuring each damper’s data independently and delivering it to separate displays.
Preventing powertrain malfunction, avoiding vessel downtime, and ensuring the highest reliability are among the top priorities of ship operators. The ideal tool for this, Predictive Maintenance, is just one of the many revolutionary features of the latest version of the Geislinger Monitoring System, the so-called Mark6 (Mk6). Together with the cloud-based artificial intelligence of the Geislinger Analytics Platform, the hardware and software components of Geislinger Digital Solutions continuously evaluate live data directly from the powertrain, process it and provide ship operators with a wide range of valuable insights.
In January 2023, the two Mk4 systems on Stena Britannica were upgraded to the latest Mk6 system to ensure maximum reliability of Stena Lines' vital ferry services. As part of a general system maintenance in cooperation with ADS van STIGT, the Geislinger dampers on the ship's main engines were fitted with sensors on the inside and outside, which continuously send data to Geislinger Digital Solutions' hardware module, the Mk6.
In its latest version, the monitoring of multiple engines enabled by the Mk6 offers a significant reduction in installation costs, as only one networked system needs to be installed. Data from up to four engines can be measured, collected, analyzed, and shown on a single display in real time. In addition, unlike the Mk4, the new Mk6 offers access to the Geislinger Analytics Platform, which is powered by artificial intelligence, and thus to many new monitoring functions.
The live monitoring data is displayed on-site and can be used by the crew to make quick decisions regarding engine performance. Additionally, it is made available to ADS van STIGT and Stena Line remotely and is transferred to the Geislinger Analytics Platform for further evaluation and artificial intelligence learning. By making data available to all important players in the support chain, irregularities and potential hazards can be detected at an early stage and the necessary steps can be taken.
Geislinger Digital Solutions are continuously specialized to support our customers in the transition to future fuels and sustainable shipping, and it is expected that further solutions will be developed through artificial intelligence learning as this project progresses.