Alarm systems, pump and valve systems and tank sounding systems have been supplied for a wide variety of applications since the 1960s. For some product types, upgrading is an integral, essential step in the product lifecycle. This is often driven by the pace of evolution of a particular product group, as electrical and electronic products evolve much faster than mechanical or hydraulic products.
For example, the 1st integrated automation system was supplied by Rolls-Royce from 1996 and nowadays should be upgraded to the latest automation hardware and software. Managing obsolescence in a proactive way underpins Rolls-Royce’s commitment to support customers throughout the lifecycle of products and systems.
When there is a suitable opportunity to upgrade, many owners and operators are today choosing to upgrade to complete integrated automation systems. Systems can be easily customised to suit the requirements of different vessels, but across all types of installations the improved integration means that operators can view and control more of the vessel from one workstation or one screen. Customers can choose to locate panels in multiple locations around the vessel for ease of access.
Rolls-Royce carried out a recent automation upgrade project for Remøy Shipping, on the platform supply vessel Rem Stadt, which was built in 1996. The scope of work was to upgrade the alarm, pump & valve and tank sounding systems, which were all standalone systems, and then to combine all three components as an integrated automation system. “We keep a database of all systems we have supplied” explains Svein Hugo Flem, sales engineer for automation upgrades. “This means we are able to be proactive and advise the customer when they should upgrade older products”.
Upgrading and integrating 3 systems which were previously separate means that all systems can now be accessed and controlled from both the bridge and engine control room on Rem Stadt. Improved visibility of the ship systems means improved operational safety.
This turnkey project on Rem Stadt was managed and completed by Rolls-Royce within a planned 10-day docking period. If a customer has shorter downtime available, then a full automation upgrade can be divided and performed over a series of downtime periods.
“We have a long history with Rolls-Royce. We chose them to do this upgrade based on good experience with quality, sustainability and services”, says Magnar Hodneland, technical manager for Remøy Shipping. “We were particularly impressed with the very short installation time – there was a lot of work to be done at the same time, and Rolls-Royce pulled out all the stops to make the deadline”.
This turnkey project on Rem Stadt was managed and completed by Rolls-Royce within a planned 10-day docking period.