Wayne CNG Dispensers, Fleet Telematics Among Products Benefitting
GE supplies heavy engines, natural gas production equipment and, increasingly, both compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas delivery and fueling systems. The firm makes locomotives, and turbine engines for power generation, jet airplanes and at least one LNG-fueled ferry. Now the industrial powerhouse is moving to tie all that gear together, to do for the heavy energy, aerospace, rail, medical and fleet management sectors what the Internet has already done for personal connectivity. updated on October 11
“The bottom line is more productivity,” GE chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt said at the company’s Minds + Machines conference in Chicago this week. “Integration between the physical and analytical,” he said, “reducing and eliminating unplanned downtime.”
“The Industrial Internet with its combination of brilliant machines, big data and analytics, and people at work, represents a real opportunity for oil and gas companies to better manage their operations,” said Hasan Dandashly, VP of downstream technology for GE Oil & Gas.
‘An Essential Part of Effective Management’
“For operators managing an installed base of compressed natural gas and small-scale LNG fueling stations, the geographical spread of their equipment will make the Industrial Internet an essential part of effective management of production,” Dandashly told F&F.
Beneficiaries of GE’s Industrial Internet include users of Wayne dispensers for CNG and GE Capital Fleet Services customers, as both GE units are offering new products.
Wayne will be showing its Wayne Vista CNG dispenser at the National Association of Convenience Stores show kicking off in Atlanta on Friday. The Vista unit “has the look and feel of Wayne petroleum dispensers with the same innovative integrated pay-at-the-pump options,” GE says.
Where the Data Comes From
All are loaded with sensors that contribute data to the Industrial Internet.
“The Vista CNG dispenser,” GE says, “offers a RS485 ModBus interface to allow the compressor PLC or another device to query the dispenser on its operational status and key data such as pressure, temperature, fill calculations, [and] transaction data. This can be used to help maximize the efficiency of the compressor package as well as for remote monitoring and troubleshooting.
“The GE CNG in a Box PLC gathers Wayne dispenser data via the dispenser ModBus communication. GE Oil & Gas and Wayne are working together to provide enhanced remote monitoring of the compressor PLC which can then provide both compressor and dispenser information” – all part of the overarching Industrial Internet.
Customers Need Only Tap Their Wallet
Also on show by Wayne at NACS will be the new Ovation 2 and Helix dispensers, as the Wayne Fusion forecourt system for improved customer access and service with faster transaction speeds, and Wayne TAP brand contactless/NFC (near-field communication) reader – necessarily a network-dependent product.
“Motorists simply tap their mobile wallet to safely make a payment,” Wayne says.
Separately, but deliberately in conjunction with the Minds + Machines event, GE Capital Fleet Services unveiled Intelligent Operations, described as “a telematics solution that allows fleet managers to visualize key performance indicators in real-time to better understand the scope of their service markets, customers, drivers, and overall fleet performance.”
“Fleet managers can reduce costs, minimize unplanned downtime, and increase driver safety and productivity,” GECFS says.
Making Sense of It All
“Intelligent Operations allows fleet managers to make informed decisions and put actionable productivity plans in place,” GECFS telematics product leader Mike Mrosko said in a release. “We provide the tools and resources to help our customers aggregate, analyze and simplify the tremendous amount of telematics data they have, thereby optimizing their fleet’s operations.”
“Our Intelligent Operations telematics platform is another tool like our analytics, consulting, maintenance, and alternative fuel vehicle programs to help fleet managers optimize their assets,” Mrosko told F&F.
GECFS also helps fleet managers decides which alternative fuels or advanced technology vehicles best fit their specific operational needs (F&F, September 26).
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Source: GE releases, Fleets & Fuels at GE Minds + Machines in Chicago