NYK and MTI Develop Electronic UMS Check System

Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) and MTI have jointly developed an electronic Unmanned Machinery Space (UMS) checklist and its operational system, the first time a Japanese shipping company has developed such a system.

Before an engine plant and equipment are operated unattended (e.g., at night), measurements need to be made, and taking such measurements is called a “UMS check.” In a conventional UMS check, the person in charge monitors equipment by conducting a large number of checks, manually recording the collected data on paper. But using the electronic checklist improves operational efficiency, and the collected data is also expected to be utilized as part of Big Data.

This new electronic UMS checklist has been specialized for mobile devices, and the NYK Group aims to introduce it aboard its owned vessels by the end of this year. As this development can be widely applicable to other onboard checklists, the NYK Group will continue its efforts to improve operational efficiency and safety management. System features are as below.

Features of the Electronic UMS Check System

  Functions Advantages
Paperless No need for recording on paper
Numeric keypad exclusive to UMS check Significantly reduces data-entry time compared to entry with a conventional keypad
Warning alarm when abnormal figures entered – Notifies operator if abnormal figures are entered, allowing the operator to quickly respond
– Helps crew to quickly become aware of abnormalities, and is thus a useful training tool too
Data trends graphically displayed Data trends displayed as graphs, allowing chronological changes to be confirmed
Photos and video stored Allows storage of photos or video of irregular equipment condition
Broadband transmission

Transmits data directly from the mobile terminal to onshore servers, allowing onshore staff to browse data in a timely manner

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