Cutting down on fuel and maintenance costs
However, the benefits that these sensors and analytical techniques deliver are not limited to maintenance requirements for individual components. “We can use these data to help our customers operate their drive systems as efficiently as possible,” explained Tobias Weiss, team leader for analytics in the mtu
Digital Solutions department. For example, mtu
engineers can spot when individual engines within a fleet are using more fuel than others or when individual components wear faster – and they can tell the customer why that is happening. The fleet operating within the British Intercity Express Program is already seeing the advantages generated by mtu
analytics specialists who monitor the condition of the 122 railcars involved. And in the mining sector, an Australian mine operator is set to have its vehicles monitored by mtu
as from this coming summer.
“These concepts are taking us into a new era of maintenance techniques and we aim to get the benefits to all our customers in the near future. Most important, it means customers will save money but it also means they can be sure their mtu systems are performing at top efficiency,” concluded Weiss.