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Combat & Patrol Craft
SOLID ommercial vessel operators are increasingly leverag- Combining a monitor, data logger, powerful analysis ing high-tech sensors and the data they provide to software and radio (LTE & SAT) in one compact unit, achieve greater ef? ciency and better their bottom the SOLID system offers an integrated approach to data line. A condition-based monitoring system offered collection, communication, projections and analysis. Es-
C by Fincantieri Marine Systems N.A. (FMSNA) is engi- sentially, sensors measure the status of an operational piece neered to contribute toward both objectives. of ship equipment over time, and the data collected can be used to establish trends, predict failure and calculate “FMSNA decided to develop and launch the SOLID remaining life of the asset.
because we wanted to help customers save money by avoid- “Customers can use the SOLID to continuously moni- ing unnecessary maintenance and repair costs,” said Sim- tor their equipment and automatically analyze the per- one Scafetti, technical director and business development formance data to determine maintenance requirements,” manager at FMSNA. “A lot of preventative maintenance Scafetti said. “It can save customers money through pre- can be postponed or just eliminated.” vention of equipment damage/repair, elimination of un- necessary maintenance and reduction of downtime.”
SOLID interfaces with common digital communica- tion protocols, allowing for connection with all existing vessel equipment, from the main engines, power genera- tors and gear boxes, to HVAC systems, rudders and bilge pumps, and every mechanical system in between. It ac- cepts numerous analog signals that are con? gurable to match most ship’s sensors.
Sold as a standalone device or as part of a services pack- age, SOLID has been installed on several European ships and is being integrated on board a number of U.S. military vessels and U.S.-based cruise ships.
“SOLID can be treated as an investment. Customers can expect a ROI of approximately three times the expense of one SOLID,” according to Scafetti. “The SOLID sys- tem allows FMSNA to support our vast global presence by providing us access to equipment performance data.
The data can be used to execute service agreements to monitor equipment performance and optimize mainte- nance activities.”
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