Caterpillar launches Pump Electronic Monitoring System at OTC

catCM20170208 30094 42156The new system can minimise downtime, preserve fluid end and power end components, and prevent failures. (Image source: Caterpillar)Caterpillar Oil & Gas announced the launch of its Pump Electronic Monitoring System technology for well service operations at the 2017 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), taking place from 1-4 May in Houston

The Pump Electronic Monitoring System (PEMS), is a new way of managing pumping operations, as it can minimise downtime, preserve fluid end and power end components, and help avoid catastrophic failures. PEMS is compatible with Cat Triplex and Quintiplex pump platforms, and has already generated more than 50,000 field hours in three shale plays. PEMS is available to order now from the global Cat dealer network.

“Our well service customers want not only superior performance from their pump products but also the technology to help them incorporate innovative solutions into their operations,” Derek Kamp, Caterpillar Oil & Gas well service manager said. “Feedback from the field on the PEMS technology has been overwhelmingly positive in terms of helping customers maximise component performance and avoid operations interruptions.”

PEMS, like standard engine monitoring systems, collates data from several onboard sensors. If the data suggests an impending failure, PEMS will output a warning message to the pump operator for immediate review. PEMS analyses data from oil temperature, oil pressure, vibration, discharge pressure and suction pressure sensors, and can detect both cavitation and valve leak. PEMS data can be used to schedule preventative maintenance and rescue high wear components like fluid ends. Additionally, PEMS is ready for integration with CAT Connect and operates on J1939 parameters for ease of use.

PEMS can be retrofitted onto most modern pumps, regardless of their OEM, and is available as an optional attachment. 

Customers can learn more about the new PEMS technology by visiting the Caterpillar booth #2439 at OTC.

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