HEINZMANN Group Expanding Business Activities into IoT

Press Release (May 2017)

HEINZMANN proudly announces their cooperation with Finnish startup company TestLab Ltd., specialized in the development of IoT (Internet of Things) based solutions for maritime and logistic operations. Through this strategic step, HEINZMANN customers in the marine industry are offered an innovative approach for reducing CO2 emissions. TestLab, headquatered in Helsiki and with offices in Finland, China, India and the Netherlands, will be supported by HEINZMANN in marketing, sales, assembly of systems and commissioning. The HEINZMANN Group will leverage its company network to improve the marketing of its marine applications portfolio and fill existing gaps in the market related to IoT products and services.

TestLab Finland Ltd was founded in 2013 and started as an R&D company developing new and innovative IoT related products. Their aim was to provide turn-key solutions and high level quality services for different industries. Today, TestLab’ s focus is on IoT based solutions for the maritime and logistics industries. The Internet of Things is present in maritime and logistics solutions. Remote and automated monitoring, tracking, routing, warning, and control of vessels, fleet and other related assets will impact on ship, port and site operators’ costs and efficiency. Operators must carefully evaluate the types of data being communicated and the real-time requirements of such data, as to be able to offer safe and sound support of IoT for all vessels and sites concerned. Hence, TestLab’s objective is to offer solutions that enable ships to be en route and sites to be in operation no matter what weather conditions they face. Consequently, TestLab has developed its products based on an IoT platform which enables the efficient data transfer from land to sea, and from sea to land operations and today provides tools for weather routing and fuel management. TestLab works together with leading shipping companies, cruise lines, shipyards, ports, and oil companies. They also work in close partnership with The Finnish Meteorological Institute.

Latest product developments of TestLab and HEINZMANN Automation, namely MareCast for weather routing and FualMACS fuel management, will be presented at Nor-Shipping in Oslo from May 30 to June 02 (stand C04-20).

In addition, TestLab and HEINZMANN Automation have cooperated on a new version of the FuelMACS. The new FuelMACS has tools which enable optimized engine utlization during the drive in a totally new way. When FuelMACS is started and taken in use, the system will start to record driving instructions. As the system is designed as an interactive learning system, it will achieve the most economical method of driving by information collected by the sensors and decisions made by first officer/captain in each condition. During the drive, when the user is driving with different engine combinations to maintain required speed, the system will find the most economical engine combination and this will be recorded. This combination will be recommended as the optimal combination. This way, FuelMACS improves efficiency during the drive and brings more benefits to the customers in the longer run.

With the combined application of MareCast and FuelMACS an average of around 10 % fuel savings has been achieved in longer term use. Collected data supports MRV regulations, and the system provides reporting based on MRV requirements. Customers are saying “FuelMACS brings a new way of thinking for ship drive that has not been seen before. Benefits can be realized from the first day onwards.The system has brought proven results and is easy to use. This is real 'green shipping'!