Electronic Control System Tugboat Turns on a Dime

By George Backwell at November 17, 2012 03:50
Filed Under: drive systems, General
A tugboat commissioned by a Japanese operator is the first to be fitted with a fully electronic control system uniquely installed on the rotor casing foundation of its Voith Schneider Propellor propulsion unit. An arrangement that not only saves space, but also simplifies maintenance and increases reliability.The new Voith Water Tractor (VWT) ‘Shinano’, designed for harbour assistance and escort duties, was constructed by Niigata Shipbuilding based in Niigata, Japan, for owner Dr. Nakamura, who operates his fleet of tugs in the port city of Iwaki. Voith Water Tractor ‘Shinano’: Photo credit Voith TurboVoith Electronic Control SystemThis first installation of a fully electronic control system in a VWT, now integrated into the propulsion system, offers actuation and control of the propulsion systems, remote diagnostics via the Internet and communication through an embedded CAN networks. (The CAN bus – Controller Area Network – is designed to allow mic... [More]

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