JF Mimic changes pace to match fast-moving digital developments
Shiprepair & Maintenance: 4th Quarter 2019
Digitalisation is moving at a rapid pace right across the maritime sector. Most of the major equipment suppliers now have dedicated digital divisions to take advantage of prevailing trends, including blockchain, big data and the internet of things.
For more than 25 years, UK-based James Fisher Mimic (JFM) has been providing marine maintenance and consulting services, including condition monitoring software, to the shipping industry. The company offers a range of products and services that have the sole purpose of optimising shipping companies’ maintenance systems and operations.
The speed of digital developments within the maritime sector has persuaded the company that if it is to continue to operate in this sector, then in to needs to make a steep change in its approach. To meet its customers’ rapidly evolving needs, JFM is working on Mimic Version 5 (M5), which it aims to launch in the summer of 2020.
“M5 will provide a significant change to the way shipowners and operators see and use condition monitoring data,” says Martin Briddon, engineering and business development manager. The new system will be able to link up with other third party systems, such as DNV GL’s Veracity, and provide a dashboard view, across an owners fleet, of the ongoing condition of critical individual assets. M5 will also link into vessel platform management systems to gather data that can be used to influence operational and maintenance decisions.”
Mimic Version 5 will build on other improvements recently made to the company’s condition monitoring systems in recent times. The latest addition to the software was the incorporation of a fleet data base approach to the owner’s office systems. “This allows users to compare, very simply, condition monitoring data and trends on a particular vessel with any other similar assets onboard any other vessels within the owners’ fleet,” explains Briddon.
JF Mimic continues to enjoy considerable success in marketing its condition monitoring technology within various sectors of the commercial and naval shipping industry. The company is, for example, in the process of installing a mix of Mimic portable and fixed monitoring systems to a fleet of 14 ferries. In addition JF Mimic is working with a number of leading cruise lines. The company has recently supplied a Mimic system to Sky Princess and contracts to supply other Carnival Cruise vessels are being fulfilled.
The Mimic Condition Monitoring software comprises intelligent software that analyses asset condition, vibration data, performance and efficiency. It is designed to provide vessel owners and operators with live decision-making data to ensure vessels remain operational, reducing the costs associated with being off-hire as a result of mechanical breakdown.
Briddon believes the Mimic software has important differences with others on the market. He says: “While most condition monitoring software systems concentrate on vibration signature monitoring, ultrasound monitoring or oil/fluid analysis, we recognise that condition monitoring starts with numbers. By that I mean the numeric outputs from sensors already onboard, recording speeds, loads, pressures, temperatures as well as things like the number of compressors starts and the time taken to move rudders.”
He points out that modern legislation calls for the collection and monitoring of many forms of data, which can be a complex task. “Mimic offers the solution to the collection, storage, display, analysis and transfer of that data, added to which we can supply a fully compliant suite of vibration signature monitoring tools along with automated fluid analysis laboratory results. The compilation of this data allows the user to identify where problems are emerging, and take mitigating action, all within one system,” Briddon adds.
JF Mimic was first established in 1986 as a division of Wolfson Maintenance Engineering, specialising in the provision of reliability engineering and condition monitoring. In 2003 the business was acquired by James Fisher, which has a shipping company background through James Fisher Tankers and JF Everard.