August 2016 - Marine Technology Reporter

MTR100: Voith Turbo

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Combining innovation and experience, Voith sets standards in advanced maritime solutions. Focused on technology that makes dynamic positioning more precise, safer and faster, Voith develops custom-made propulsion systems such as the Voith Schneider Propeller and Voith Inline Thrusters featuring RIM drive technology.

Voith Turbo specializes in the design, manufacture and servicing of high performance driveline equipment. From drive components to electronic drive systems, technology from Voith Turbo impacts a wide variety of markets and industries including oil and gas, energy, mining and mechanical engineering, ship technology, rail and commercial vehicles. Voith Turbo’s advanced technologies are uniquely designed to transmit and control powers under extreme conditions maximizing safety and resources for customers around the world. Incorporated in the United States in 1976, Voith Turbo’s expertise connects customers to power transmission solutions for a number of products – from complete units to spare parts and material – including: bus transmissions and light rail transmissions, axle drives, torque converters, universal joints, hydrostatic pumps, constant speed fluid couplings and variable speed fluid couplings, and Safeset torque limiting couplings. Voith Turbo is a member of the Voith group of companies, a nearly 150-year-old German business that is one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe. Voith is a global leader for innovative technologies across a variety of fields and the company’s global manufacturing footprint, research and development efforts impact five essential market areas: energy, oil and gas, raw materials, transport and automotive.
Technology Profile
Vessels fitted with Voith Schneider Propeller (VSP) propulsion offer unparalleled dynamic position performance – a key function for subsea duties. The unique VSP generates stepless thrust in all directions with precision and speed. Propulsion and steering are combined in one unit, allowing unmatched accuracy for dynamic positioning. No other propulsion system can match such precise performance. VSP-equipped vessels also provide increased operational availability, run more days annually than other vessels with different propulsion, and improve dynamic positioning performance with the Voith Roll Stabilization System to increase comfort and safety onboard. With a power of 1.5 MW, Voith has built one of the world’s largest RIM DRIVE transverse thrusters, equipping the largest number of vessels in the industry. The Inline Thruster creates a more efficient transmission of electric drive power, thanks to the absence of gears and shafts, and creates higher thrust efficiency compared to conventional thrusters. Vessels equipped with this technology operate with greatly reduced noise and vibration levels. The Voith Linear Jet is a new propulsor combining the best properties of conventional propellers with the best properties of conventional waterjets. This combination makes the low maintenance propulsor the ideal solution for ships with mixed operating profiles up to 40 knots. The Linear jet is a fully submerged, custom shaped deceleration/acceleration nozzle with a stator section aft of the rotor.
11700 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77079
Phone: 713-202-3365
CEO/President: Dr. Hubert Lienhard
Number of Employees: 20,000
Annual Sales: $5B
(As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter)

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