James Fisher Mimic upgrades its condition monitoring software for the ongoing digital revolution.

Almost six years after the arrival of Mimic 3, James Fisher Mimic (JFM) has released Mimic 4, the latest version of its condition monitoring software suite. Designed using customer feedback, the new software includes upgrades to existing features, as well as new ones. What’s more, following the proliferation of hardware devices that has taken place in the past few years, it’s available for tablet and smartphone users as well as for those in more traditional work station settings.

Part of a condition-based maintenance strategy, Mimic software is designed to monitor rotating plant and machinery requires continual assessment on ships, cranes, ROVs and bridges. Its job is to collect and store numerical data such as pressures, temperatures, speeds, loads, tank levels, as well as vibration information, in order to analyse, display and report on the health of assets (machines). It alerts staff when the recorded data exceeds predetermined safe limits so they can decide what maintenance work to carry out, thus avoiding unplanned breakdowns.

Unlike its predecessor, the new enhanced Mimic 4 interacts easily with Internet Explorer browser-based platforms, which are increasingly used by planned maintenance systems. Multiple Disciplinary Trending now allows the user to view data from vibration, performance and oil together, giving a complete overview of a machine’s health. A new performance trial feature means performance data can be monitored and analysed; the software now has the ability to display wavelength data from similar machines together in 2D or 3D; and a new smartphone app means users can receive remote alarm information on their phone.

Cecilia Lindstrand, general manager, says:

“With Mimic 4 we have targeted the world’s shipping industry, which has been slow to adopt up-to-date electronic communication systems. Increasingly, we are seeing ships with better satellite communications and we are starting to offer web-based /cloud-based services, although we remain focussed on selling systems for full use by the end-user.”