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Sensors – The Eyes and Ears of Ship Automation – Part 1

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Sensors are the eyes and ears of your automation. Their health (i.e. accuracy and reliability) is essential to all shipboard monitoring and control functions that require reliable data to synthesize decisions, which pretty much includes everything. What is surprising is that, even with this critical role in machinery control, sensor health has received scant attention in the marine industry. In fact, they represent the weak link in modern automation and control systems, from both a safety and a health monitoring perspective.

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Reducing the Risk of Diesel Engine Crankcase Explosions

Monday, April 30th, 2012

In a time when modern automation systems are supposed to prevent crankcase explosions and the ensuing engine room fires, these types of incidents are far from a rarity. In fact, several recent incidents, particularly in the cruise industry, have left ships without power for days and have resulted in financial losses totaling in the millions of dollars.

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DEXTER Now Supports Open System Architecture via OPC

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

MACSEA has significantly improved its DEXTER system’s integration options using an Open System Architecture approach. MACSEA’s latest I/O interface uses OLE for Process Control (OPC) and .NET to provide a robust and easy to deploy interface into any machinery control system that supports OPC. This allows DEXTER to read and write data to these systems using industry standard OPC technology. Read More