MAN Energy Solutions has launched a digital platform that enables real-time monitoring of power plant engines, turbines and compressors.
Called MAN CEON, it integrates data and information from MAN machinery and its operational environment and uses intelligent analysis tools for evaluation and forecasting.
“MAN CEON is the new backbone of our developing digital-service business,” said Per Hansson, head of Digital and Strategy at MAN Energy Solutions.
“All of our machines, whether engines or turbomachinery, are equipped with hundreds of sensors that transmit data constantly. MAN CEON enables the efficient collection, storage and evaluation of these data volumes.”
He said the platform is scalable and “designed to monitor several thousands of customer installations in parallel its data-processing capacity exceeds that of many major social-media platforms”.
After connecting an installation to MAN CEON, customers can access the platform via a web application on a PC, or by using a mobile terminal, and data is sent and processed continuously. Encrypted data transmission and a multi-level authorization procedure during login ensure data security.
The operating data of all systems networked via CEON can be transmitted to MAN service centres in real time, where MAN will provide problem solving and maintenance.
“We are monitoring down to the level of small subcomponents, much like with a ‘digital twin’, with high-resolution data available on demand,” said Hansson. “To do this, we employ state-of-the-art, cloud-based technology and algorithms that automatically identify and report problems. And, of course, the platform meets the requirements for end-to-end security.”
“Digitalization is often reduced to a purely technical level. In fact, it is above all a cultural issue, a mindset. Thinking digitally means being able to quickly adapt your own business model to make use of new technologies and developments.”