New software solution simplifies retrieval and analysis of vessel fuel consumption data

TEMPE, Ariz., May 18, 2009 — Flow Technology, Inc. (FTI), a leading manufacturer of precision flow measurement instruments, systems and calibrators, today introduced the FUSION Event Manager, a new software feature for the FUSION Marine Vessel Fuel Accountability and Management System enabling marine fleet operators to easily transmit summarized vessel fuel consumption data to their homeport for analysis.

The advanced FUSION system provides a means to accurately measure, record, report and display the fuel consumption and efficiency of marine vessel diesel engines. It is intended for use on marine vessels such as oil and gas offshore supply and support workboats, ferries, fishing trawlers, ocean and river tugs, coast guard cutters and offshore drilling ships.

The purpose-built FUSION system is custom configurable for measuring the net fuel burned by multiple propulsion engines and generators or thrusters.

One issue related to fuel consumption is the amount of time a marine vessel is away from its home port; extended service delays port engineers from analyzing trip data in a timely manner. With the FUSION Event Manager, fleet operators can utilize satellite communication to transmit fuel data to their homeport. A user-friendly, easy-to-configure satellite uplink or tethered modem connection allows vessels to submit summarized fuel information for invoicing purposes or to look for indications of possible fuel theft.

The system can be set up to automatically e-mail fuel consumption reports on a scheduled, periodic basis.

The FUSION system provides a real-time wheelhouse display of vessel fuel consumption and fuel efficiency, and helps operators achieve optimized fuel usage for any given weather or sea conditions. It also maintains a log of fuel consumption and efficiency data for trending on a daily, weekly, monthly or yearly basis. FUSION offers system accuracy of ±0.25% at typical operating conditions, as well as excellent speed-of-response.

For more information, please visit http://www.ftimeters.com/products/fusion.htm.

About Flow Technology, Inc.

With 50+ years of flow measurement experience, Flow Technology, Inc. maintains the highest standards of quality in its design, manufacturing and service. Its product line includes a wide range of turbine, positive displacement, electromagnetic, and clamp-on ultrasonic flow meters; flow calibrators; flow controllers; and ancillary electronics. Typical applications are found in the aerospace, automotive, industrial, metrology, oil & gas and sanitary fields. In addition, the company maintains one of the world’s largest primary standard flow meter calibration laboratories, and provides complete flow meter calibration, service and repair. Flow Technology, Inc. is registered to ISO 9001, accredited by NVLAP, and has calibration conformance to MIL-STD-45662A and ANSI Z 540. Visit them at http://www.ftimeters.com.


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By Professional Mariner Staff