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Tug Automation Control System Helps Eliminate False Alarms
When operators of properly equipped tugboats receive a system alarm, they know there is a real problem. They also know that they're not going to get any help from an on-board engineer because the operator is the only one on board.
But Quebec-based Techsol, Inc.'s helps reduce the alarm, thanks to new Marine
Automation Control System (MAX) installed in several harbor tugboats designed by Robert Allan Ltd. This state-of-the-art alarm, control, and mon- itoring system eliminates both false alarms and the need for an on-board engineer, making it possible for only the pilot and shore engineer to handle any problems that might arise.
Techsol. a marine electrotechnology company, created this Unmanned
Machinery Space (UMS) system to enable pilots and shore engineers to have a complete picture of a vessel's sys- tem via graphical displays and touch screens. Designed to replace existing dedicated systems that were not user friendly, this modular system was built using off-the-shelf equipment from
Charlottesville, Va.-based GE Fanuc
Automation and adapting it to meet requirements for shipboard systems. GE
Fanuc received certification for the com- ponents for use in marine applications with the American Bureau of Shipping and Lloyd's Register. "The main advantages of using stan- dard equipment from GE Fanuc and adapting it to the marine world are twofold: worldwide component avail- ability and lower cost," says Claude
Messiaen, Techsol's president and owner. "We're avoiding specialty parts and leveraging proven off-the-shelf hardware.
Techsol chose GE Fanuc's CIMPLICI-
TY human machine interface software and Series 90-30 programmable logic
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