ABB showcases digital technologies at Marintec China 2019

ABB showcases digital technologies at Marintec China 2019

ABB is showcasing a wide range of solutions for safe, efficient and sustainable ship operations at Marintec China 2019, Asia’s most authoritative B2B platform for the international maritime industry.

Electrification, digitalization, and connectivity are changing the way people and goods are moved across the seas. As a leading shipbuilding country, China is shaping up its position as one of the key global stakeholders in the digital transformation of the marine industry, driven by the increasing demand for efficient and sustainable operations. With its leading-edge technologies, vast experience and localized services, ABB is well positioned to support the transformation of China's marine industry.

ABB’s innovative products and solutions including ABB AbilityTM Marine Pilot product family, electric propulsion system, digital turbocharging solution, energy storage system, Collaborative Operations Center, smart motors and drives, and smart power distribution products are among the highlights, in a bid to help ship owners and operators achieve higher level of performance, profitability, sustainability, safety and reliability.

The Azipod® electric propulsion system, ABB's star product in the marine field, was showcased at this event. A gearless steerable electric podded propulsion system, Azipod suspends its electric motor in an underwater pod outside the hull, which can increase fuel efficiency by 20% and significantly improve the maneuverability of the ship while eliminating the need for complex gear drives. Historically its use has been on icegoing vessels and cruise ships, the value of Azipod propulsion has been seen in expedition vessels, ferries, offshore living platforms and self unloading bulkers. China's first self-built polar scientific expedition icebreaker "Xuelong 2", the first domestically-made luxury cruise ship and "Science" marine scientific research vessel all adopted the Azipod® electric propulsion system.

Also on display is the Marine Pilotfamily of ship handling tools, including situational awareness and advanced vessel control. Marine Pilot Vision utilizes sensor fusion and computer vision technology to realize real-time visualization and awareness of the ship's environment. The system assists ship’s crews to predict the ship's navigation status and avoid potential risks. This in turn is with the ultimate view to improve navigational safety and operation efficiency. Meanwhile, Marine Pilot Control makes use of advanced algorithms to rethink what is possible in controlling a ship with today’s technology. With its touch screen interface, a ship’s officer is able to navigate a vessel over its entire operation profile efficiently whether or not the ship is DP classed.

Thanks to these systems, the "Suomenlinna 2" ice classed passenger ferry successfully completed the historic remote control trial in Finland in late 2018. The system will also be deployed in Singapore during 2020 to develop autonomous tugs, giving crews the chance to rest during transits and allowing them to perform at their best during highly demanding ship handling operations.

Among the turbocharging offerings on display this time, the upgraded ABB AbilityTM Tekomar XPERT for fleet is particularly eye-catching. As a set of intelligent software for engine performance analysis and diagnosis, it realizes the digital integration of device, systems and the cloud, providing performance evaluation and comprehensive analysis for the engines of the entire fleet to improve the engine efficiency and reduce the fuel costs. Operating according to the resulted analysis and specific recommendations, users can usually save 0.5 to 3 tons of fuel per day for each ship. The solution is currently installed in more than 1,800 ships worldwide.

ABB provides comprehensive measurement and analytical products and solutions for marine industry to optimize operation efficiency and lower costs. Many of these products, particularly for the application in ballast water measurement, energy management and emission monitoring, are showcased at the Marintec China 2019. Taking the GAA610-M gas analysis system for an example, it includes a full set of sample probe, heated bundle, sample conditioning system and analyzer which can help ship owners better monitor the gas emission and meet the stricter regulations of IMO on sulfur emissions which will be officially implemented since 2020.

The special environment of the marine industry places high demands on ship products. ABB also brought multiple DC grid converters, marine type-approved drives and Liquid-cooled drive modules to the Marintec. Among them, the ACS880 DC grid converter can be used for various new energy vehicles. It has the powerful function of connecting energy storage device to the DC grid, connecting the AC grid to the DC grid and connecting the motor/generator to the DC grid. It is a marine type approved by China Classification Society.

ABB smart motors and generators are also widely used in the marine industry. Marine motors such as the new-generation high-performance motors, synchronous generators and smart motors are exhibited. The smart motors combine low-voltage marine motor and ABB AbilityTM smart sensors, which can monitor different operating parameters of the motor in real time, providing customers with better visual management and offering maintenance recommendations through algorithm analysis. It can reduce downtime by 70%, extend motor life by 30% and save energy up to 10%.

ABB also showcased a wide range of intelligent power distribution products and solutions including MyRemoteCare asset health management platform, digital LV and MV distribution solutions, ship-to-shore power solution, compact energy management system and solid state circuit breakers. The MNS 3.0 LV digital distribution solution for marine is integrated with intelligent temperature monitoring and Ethernet communication technology. It provides customers with analysis reports and recommendations for predictive maintenance, enabling intelligent operation and cost saving.

The exhibited industrial control products fromABB B&R include PLCs, industrial PCs, redundant system, safety system and the vessel-wide monitoring system APROL, which improves ship safety, ensure efficiency while reducing operating costs through a digital process control platform. With APROL, all equipment of a whole ship, including energy monitoring, equipment condition monitoring, operation control and monitoring tasks, will be automatically controlled and managed by the distributed ship monitoring system. This system can not only realize localized operations on ships, but also remote operations in ship management centers on land.

As the marine industry is moving towards more digital and intelligent operation, the Shanghai ABB Ability™ Collaborative Operations Center leverages sensors and advanced analysis software installed on shipboard systems to monitor and analyze the operating data of the equipment and systems on the customer's ship in real-time 24x7. By obtaining prompt remote fault diagnosis, identifying potential problems of ship equipment, it can provide preventive maintenance recommendations, plan the best routes for customers’ decision making, and thus improve the overall performance and operating efficiency.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a technology leader that is driving the digital transformation of industries. With a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB has four customer-focused, globally leading businesses: Electrification, Industrial Automation, Motion, and Robotics & Discrete Automation, supported by the ABB Ability™ digital platform. ABB’s Power Grids business will be divested to Hitachi in 2020. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees. ABB has a full range of business activities in China, including R&D, manufacturing, sales and services, with near 20,000 employees located in more than 130 cities, 44 local companies, and online and offline channels across around 700 cities.

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