Finning urges OEMs to up engine efficiency with connectivity tech
25 January 2024
Finning UK & Ireland, an industrial engine supply and service company, is highlighting the benefits of the Cat Remote Fleet Vision (RFV) performance monitoring platform.
The technology is said to provide efficient asset performance monitoring with 24/7 insights, including increased availability and reduced risk. Finning says that the platform collects a wide range of data points from the engine and connects them to a single remote platform for analysis.
The analysis is customisable to individual business needs, and the Cat RFV can also be connected to data points across the equipment where the engine is installed says Finning. The company adds that this allows owners to build a complete picture of the asset’s performance to optimise uptime.
To make access to this technology easier, Finning has introduced a new entry-level pricing structure for those who want to trial the platform.
Aggregate Processing and Recycling Limited (Agg-Pro), a supplier of crushing, screening, washing and recycling equipment in the UK, has recently installed Cat RFV equipment on all engines passing through its Tamworth workshop. This includes PL542 remote monitoring systems on various Cat engines ranging from C4.4 to C9.3, used in the company’s crushing and screening units. These systems allow monitoring of engine performance, run hours, and load factors. This replaces the previous methods of estimation, customer contact, or dispatching engineers for data collection.
Tony Gadsby, Service Manager at Agg-Pro, said, “Having an accurate picture of engine performance and run hours makes a big difference to optimising the reliability and uptime of our operation. Whilst previously this has been difficult to obtain, the support from Finning in supplying the Cat RFV platform has made it a reality – and given us a ready-made way of offering something that our competitors can’t.
“Alongside being able to give our customers better advice on engine performance, it is now possible to remotely troubleshoot issues to further minimise downtime and track assets wherever they are across the country. We are now planning on expanding the use of the platform to all new Cat engines in use across the company and upgrading the fleet in the field too.”