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Monday, February 15, 2021 

Japan Engine Corporation (J-Eng) has signed a joint research contract with Nabtesco Corporation on the next generation main engine control system aiming for digital twin realisation by utilising actual operating data.

The joint research is aiming for flexible/optimised engine control and user support based on a long cooperative relationship between the two companies for digitalisation of marine diesel engine control. Information technology (IT) is integrated into the conventional operational technology (OT).

The engine control system, which will be the core technology for the next generation engine, will be significantly upgraded based on the current system.

Specifically, the following are planned:

  • wireless signal transfer from engine sensors to the engine monitoring system,
  • engine performance analysis function for users by displaying on on-engine monitor,
  • multiple engine control and data utilisation with enhanced engineering and/or
  • statistical processing of on-board sensing data.

This system can provide a virtual testing area for developers to advance innovation. The newly developed product will also be applicable to the current engine control system as an extended module.

According to J-Eng, in the maritime industry, digitalisation will provide opportunities for increase of added value or new value innovation in deepening existing technology and innovative technology development.

Driven by social and environmental changes in shipping and ship operation through GHG reduction and automated operation, J-Eng is working actively on technologies for energy saving operation, preventive maintenance to contribute to realise a sustainable society through the environmental technology and digitalisation.

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