‘Glass cockpit system’ – though a term likely not familiar to sailors – was chosen by Volvo Penta to describe a new driveline and navigation display system, which they say changes the design of the boat driver’s environment from scratch. Basically, ‘glass cockpit’, as understood by aviators, features a large LCD or LED electronic instrument display on a single screen that can be adjusted to show information of interest from flight management systems; a development designed to allow pilots to put their focus on only the most pertinent information rather than on numerous mechanically linked dials and gauges. This is the concept Volvo Penta has developed and ‘sailorized’ in conjunction with Garmin International’s marine business segment.Volvo Penta Glass Cockpit Information & Control System: Rendering courtesy of Volvo Penta
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DP systems have become increasingly complex in their configurations and in their operation aince they were introduced some 50 years ago; sensors have become more sophisticated, there are more of them and the same level of increased complexity applies to the electrical and propulsion systems. GE Power Conversion decided to simplify things and save fuel on occasion, with their new DP control station.The computer control at the heart of a ship’s positioning system has also become more sophisticated, but the basic principle of DP remains the same: to hold position with a computer system that takes signals from a range of sensors to sense environment, heading, position and attitude and then issues commands to thrusters and propellers. Overall, it is in charge of the complex processes of maintaining a ship on station, a process that needs a high level of system automation so that a single operator can manage the vessel.
New DP Control Station: Image credit GE Power Conversion