Performance optimisation software for Waukesha gas engines

GE has conducted a preliminary launch of its new Asset Performance Management (APM) software solution for Waukesha gas engines, together with Crestwood Midstream Partners LP, its co-development customer.

Hosted on the Predix software platform, the APM offers real-time intelligence to optimize the availability, reliability, operating performance and maintenance effectiveness of Waukesha gas engines and associated GE equipment.

A pilot project using 16 Waukesha VHP gas engines is to be undertaken by Crestwood at three compressor stations located in the Marcellus Shale area of West Virginia,à‚  USA, where Crestwood builds, owns and operates pipelines and compression stations.

Such monitoring solutions, combined with OEM-developed analytics, provide the foundation for making data-enabled decisions that optimise business. The proactive identification of upcoming maintenance events, based on unit lifetime and potential unplanned maintenance, will allow customers to improve their target inventory and resource planning, GE says.

Jon Clarine, GE data solutions leader, GE’s Power & Water business, explains: ‘The collaboration with Crestwood is a great representation of a very successful co-creation project. It is happening at the ground level where stations are operated, and it will help Crestwood to optimise the performance of its stations while reducing operating costs.’

Hugo Guerrero, vice president of technical services for Crestwood added: ‘By using data and analytics to analyse how the fleet is operating in the field, we will be able to reduce costs and increase efficiency.’

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