Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Motion Control Products News

Altra Acquires Stromag

Manufacturer and marketer of electromechanical power transmission and motion control products Altra Industrial Motion Corp. said it has closed its acquisition of the Stromag business from GKN plc. “Stromag provides Altra with complementary products, increased presence in key geographic regions and penetration into new growth end markets,” said Carl Christenson, Chairman and CEO of Altra. Stromag generated approximately 131 million euros in revenue in 2015, and the acquisition is anticipated to be accretive to Altra’s earnings in 2017, excluding any one-time or acquisition-related costs.

VMMS Achieves Excellent Results in First Tests

New offshore wind safety product Vessel Motion Monitoring System (VMMS) achieves excellent results in first tests. Vessel Motion Monitoring System (VMMS) developed to provide accurate motion monitoring, improves safety during vessel transfer operations. Offers real time impact load measurement combined with additional data logging capability to support health and safety analysis and investigations. Successful testing has been carried out by Submarine Technology Ltd (STL). James…

Marine bunker measurement: Schematic courtesy of Emerson

Global Bunker Measurers in Strategic Partnership

Emerson Process Management and SeaTec Repair Services announce a cooperative relationship to provide marine fuel measurement solutions, intended to help marine customers save in operating expense and ensure accurate billing. The cooperative relationship will offer marine customers no-hassle installation of Micro Motion ® fuel measurement solutions on a global scale. Emerson’s Micro Motion fuel measurement solutions provide accurate measurement of heavy fuel oil, in bunkering and control of fuel burn, which help customers save on operating expense and ensure accurate billing.

HamiltonJet Debuts JETanchor Positioning System

Global waterjet manufacturer HamiltonJet has launched its latest vessel positioning system, JETanchor. Developed from the blueARROW controls platform JETanchor is the newest addition to the HamiltonJet controls’ product range, developed and tested over the past 18 months, in response to strong market demand for small vessel positioning systems. Aimed predominantly at Pilot boats, Fireboats, SAR, Patrol, Survey, DSV and small Offshore Crewboats, the JETanchor system provides a cost effective “dynamic-positioning-type” system for smaller vessels.

Mein Schiff 3: Image courtesy of Navis

New Cruise Ship Sea Trials Navis NavDP 4000 System

Finland headquartered Navis Engineering says that recently completed sea trials by the 99,430 gross tons cruise ship Mein Schiff 3 have confirmed the high performance of its  dynamic positioning (DP) control system, Navis Nav DP4000. Designed and constructed for TUI Cruises by STX Shipyard in Turku, Finland and delivered in May this year, the 294m long and 36m wide Mein Schiff 3 is to operate in the German premium class cruise market. The vessel incorporates a number of eco-friendly features…

Navis Opens in Singapore Gateway

Dynamic positioning and vessel motion control systems supplier, Navis Engineering Oy, has deepened its commitment to Asia by establishing Singapore as its regional sales hub to cover South East Asia and Oceania. Its new Singapore office, headed by South East Asia Area Sales Manager Yuri Krivtsov, will take care of the sales and support operations in Singapore itself, but will also become the focus for the company’s activities in Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and Australia.

Viking Line ferry. Photo: Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä to Power Viking Line Ferry

Wärtsilä will supply the engines, the navigation system and a broad scope of other products and systems for a new luxury and environmentally friendly ferry being built for the Finland based operator, Viking Line. The ship is being built at the Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry yard in China and there is an option for a second vessel. The order with Wärtsilä was booked in October 2017. Six Wärtsilä 31DF dual-fuel engines running primarily on liquefied natural gas (LNG) will provide the propulsion and power for the vessel.

Image courtesy of The Switch

The Switch to Be Acquired by Yaskawa

Yaskawa Electric Corporation, a company in motion control and robotics, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire The Switch, a supplier of megawatt-class permanent magnet generator and full-power converter packages for wind power and other renewable energy applications. The estimated schedule for closing the deal is within a few weeks. The Switch brand will continue as its own entity for selected markets and applications. The Japan-based Yaskawa System Engineering Division has been focusing on growing its market share in renewable…

Looking into the future with Wärtsilä SmartPredict. (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä Launches SmartPredict

The technology group Wärtsilä launches its latest innovation SmartPredict at this year's Seatrade Cruise Global exhibition in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. from March 13 to 16. Developed by the company's dynamic positioning unit, SmartPredict is designed to provide safer and more efficient vessel operations by reducing the risks associated with maneuvering. The system displays the vessel's predicted future position and heading, and uses proven dynamic positioning (DP) analysis algorithms to evaluate forces affecting the vessel, thereby providing advanced motion prediction.

(Photo: ABB)

ABB’s First Azipod D Unit Begins Operation

An 8,000 kW rescue tug, the first vessel installed with ABB’s Azipod D electric propulsion system, has been delivered by Huangpu Wenchong Shipyard to customer Guangzhou Salvage Bureau, a division of the Chinese Ministry of Transport. Before delivery, the rescue tug was tested in sea trials where it exceeded design targets in bollard pull, fuel economy, maneuverability and low-load performance, ABB said. The vessel’s captain, Shaohua Liu, said, “We are really impressed with the vessel’s performance. Response time and maneuverability, both of which are critical in our operations, are excellent.

New Offshore Motion Prediction, Stability & Modelling Software

Bentley’s latest SACS release provides advanced visualization of motions prediction & expanded offshore wind turbine analysis. SACS version 5.5 is software that expands installation capabilities, integrates new wind turbine platform design functionality, and introduces floating analysis for offshore vessels. Leveraging Australia-based Bentley’s November 2011 acquisition of Perth-based FormSys and its Maxsurf technology, these SACS release enhancements provide integrated workflows between offshore vessel modeling and structural analysis of motion induced loads…

Wind Farm Support Vessel: Photo courtesy of Tidal Transit

Offshore Wind Farm Vessel Motion Monitoring Trials

Strainstall Marine undertake vessel motion monitoring trial on an offshore wind farm transfer vessel off the UK East Coast. The company's new Vessel Motion Monitoring System™ (VMMS™) provides accurate motion monitoring for wind turbine transfer vessels to improve safety during transfer operations, as well as impact load measurement combined with a data logging capability. An accurate motion monitoring system can increase the operational window considerably during critical personnel and equipment transfer manoeuvres by allowing the user to monitor all motion parameters…

Xiang Rui Kou (Photo: Cosco Heavy Transport)

ABB Software to Monitor Cosco Heavy Transport Fleet

ABB, a power and automation technology group, will supply its onboard motion monitoring and forecasting system to the Xiang Rui Kou heavy lift vessel, meaning the entire fleet of Cosco Heavy Transport now benefits from the software. The system that will be installed is a mixed software and motion measurement set-up that on one hand provides clear advice on how to operate the vessel and her cargo through heavy weather, and on the other hand gives clear warnings on the bridge when certain motion thresholds are exceeded.

Photo: GE

GE to Equip PSVs under Construction for Petrobras

GE’s Power Conversion business will provide dynamic positioning (DP) and vessel control systems to equip the next generation platform supply vessels (PSV4500), currently under construction at the Detroit shipyard to the Brazilian shipbuilder Starnav Serviços Marítimos Ltda. These vessels, the first of which will be commissioned and will be put into operation by Starnav in 2015 on behalf of Brazilian oil giant Petrobras, will target fuel efficiencies as one of their primary aims. GE’s control system incorporates an Energy Efficient mode, part of GE’s ecomagination portfolio.

Photo: The Switch

The Switch Opens Headquarters in Helsinki

The Switch, a supplier of megawatt-class electrical drives for wind energy, marine and industrial applications, has opened its new global headquarters in Helsinki. According to Jukka-Pekka Mäkinen, President and CEO of The Switch, the primary motivation behind the location change is to be located in the center of Helsinki, making meetings with partners, clients and suppliers more convenient. Mäkinen called the new office an investment in the company's future, adding that The Switch has plans for further expansion.

New Watch Alarm Systems from SAM Electronics

Hamburg-based SAM Electronics, an L-3 company, has launched a new series of Bridge Navigational Watch Alarm Systems (BNWAS) designed for simple installation aboard both new and existing vessels of any type or size in accordance with IMO carriage regulations due to become effective from this July onwards. Type-approved by major international classification societies such as ABS, GL, Class NK and RINA, the advanced alarm and monitoring series ensures enhanced safe vessel operation via continuous surveillance of bridge activities…

Gladding-Hearn Starts Building for service to Dry Tortugas

Having recently signed a new 10-year contract with the National Park Service (NPS) for passenger service between Key West, Fla., and the Dry Tortugas National Park, Massachusetts-based Yankee Fleet has ordered a new 250-passenger, high-speed catamaran from Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, the Duclos Corporation. The new vessel will replace the ferry operator’s interim vessel, Yankee Freedom II, which the shipyard built in 1999. Delivery is planned for 2011. The new, larger vessel…

GE Dynamic Positioning in the Running for IET Award

New software from GE’s Power Conversion business that enables its Dynamic Positioning (DP) systems to save significant amounts of fuel and put less wear and tear on vessel propulsion equipment is on the shortlist to win an Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Innovation Award this year. A DP system holds a vessel in position without the aid of anchors, using only propellers, rudders and thrusters. “Energy Efficient Dynamic Positioning For Ships” was developed from a comparison of concepts through to final production code using model-based design.