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Friday, July 10, 2020 

Wärtsilä’s digital predictive maintenance product, Expert Insight, which is available in combination with Wärtsilä’s Lifecycle Solutions offering, has been extended to support two-stroke engines, with a concurrent new release of a minimum viable product (MVP) for scrubbers to provide continuous fleet-wide insight into vessel compliance and scrubber utilisation.

The company says that Expert Insight combines artificial intelligence (AI) techniques and rule-based advanced diagnostics with the knowledge and experience of Wärtsilä’s product experts. Expert Insight’s holistic approach harnesses the best methods for detecting potential issues in operating data, and enables experts to provide actionable advice proactively to the customer. This enables a predictive maintenance strategy, whereby  the health and efficiency of the equipment form the basis of maintenance activities. Expert Insight is delivered through the network of Wärtsilä Expertise Centres.

Originally launched in November 2019 for four-stroke engines, Expert Insight now includes both two-stroke engines and scrubbers. Wärtsilä’s Lifecycle Solutions offering will thus be able to support the customer with a broader scope, thereby further strengthening customers' business performance and competitiveness.

The Expert Insight scrubbers MVP provides customers operating scrubbers with valuable 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.

Frank Velthuis, Director Digital Product Development, Wärtsilä, said: “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 Centres to deliver fast and proactive advice to customers, thus increasing operational uptime.”

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