Summer / Autumn 2021

Future-proofed condition monitoring

James Fisher Mimic (JFM) has been selected by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to provide its condition monitoring system for the Royal Navy’s future Type 26 frigate fleet.

The system – Mimic Condition Monitoring software – will capture, connect and combine all vessel data. This will provide actionable insights into the health and performance of onboard machinery at any time, improving reliability, increasing uptime, enhancing safety and saving money.

Mimic will analyse vibration data, fluid quality, performance and efficiency, to inform a data-driven, proactive maintenance strategy which can be used to assist the combat ships’ staff and shore support staff in the overall maintenance of the vessels.

These measurable and recordable parameters also influence day-to-day operations on-board each vessel by
eliminating unscheduled breakdowns, helping to reduce maintenance costs, increase operational productivity and improve safety.

Paul Mount, general manager at JFM, says:

‘This contract marks a consolidation of our relationship with the UK MoD. Because these new ships have an expected life of more than 25 years, we were challenged to think ahead and provide a condition monitoring solution which can fulfil future requirements and satisfy the condition monitoring demands of future warships. We are all immensely proud of our contribution.’

The Type 26 combat ships are being designed to replace the current Type 23 frigate fleet, with the first due to be delivered in 2023. Phase one of the software installation project (with an enhanced version of Mimic 4) has been completed.

The next phases will see the testing, implementation and roll out of the software across the T26 fleet as the build progresses, plus the team will be involved in a project to upgrade Mimic on the existing T23 vessels in the UK MoD fleet.

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