HOUSTON –Caterpillar Oil & Gas has introduced its new Pump Electronic Monitoring System technology for well service operations at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston.
The company says that the Pump Electronic Monitoring System (PEMS) is a new way of managing pumping operations, as it can minimize downtime, preserve fluid end and power end components, and help avoid catastrophic failures. PEMS is compatible with Cat Triplex and Quintiplex pump platforms.
“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 maximize component performance and avoid operations interruptions.”
Caterpillar officials say that 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 analyzes 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.
The company also says that PEMS can be retrofitted onto most modern pumps, regardless of their OEM and is available as an optional attachment. Officials did add that PEMS is not a control device, and will not make decisions for an operator. It provides critical equipment health and maintenance information for operators to make better, faster decisions.