SMISSLINE TP is the ideal solution for SEKO ship Electro-technology
Two important elements for success as an electrotechnical installation company in shipbuilding are sailing your own course and doing what you are good at. This is what SEKO Scheepselektrotechniek has been doing for more than 25 years. The company specializes in the installation of electro-technology on board ships. Their projects include new builds, repairs, renovations and maintenance of luxury passenger ships and ferries through to sea going tugs and electric motor boats.
The SEKO ship electro-technology team is based in Hardinxveld-Giessendam in the Netherlands and is led by their manager, André Kraaijeveld. They are a group of experienced installers backed by the company’s panel construction department, which manufactures and tests a wide range of electrotechnical products and systems. These include main boards, sub energy distribution, enclosures, control panels and control units. All the necessary ingredients for a first class installation.
Flexibility and ease of installation
Installing in the shipbuilding industry is a specialty that has a large number of challenges.
"When a project starts, it is not always clear how the assembly should proceed, with uncertainty about available space and also the connections themselves. And, as with many other technical professions, our sector suffers from a shortage of good craftsmen, which has an impact too. This means we prefer to work with a system that is flexible and easy to install,” says André. “SMISSLINE TP offers all the freedom, flexibility and ease of installation that you need in our industry."
SEKO is certified by Lloyds Register and Bureau Veritas, and with that certification comes the expectation of quality. That is why SEKO Scheepselektrotechniek is very selective when choosing electrotechnical products and systems. We choose the ABB SMISSLINE TP Power Bar System to meet the high demands of the shipbuilding industry.
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SMISSLINE TP is the world's first plug-in rail system that greatly simplifies the planning, installation and maintenance of electrical systems. The system is fully touch safe, which means machines and components can be fitted or removed under voltage, with no need of additional protective measures.
"With the old generation of ships, we work with the DIN-rail system of ABB. We use kamrails for the transfer. In practice, however, we still face some challenges because the full specifications for the technology to be installed is not always known in advance, while the cabinets are already on board,” says André. “In order to be able to complete, many security measures are needed. The use of the SMISSLINE TP Power Bar System has changed all this. We can now fully connect the installation even if limited power data is available beforehand. If the power data is known later then we just exchange the vending machines under tension."
The ability to make adjustments or extensions during operation makes the system eminently suitable for the maritime sector. The SMISSLINE TP Power Bar System avoids the danger of making direct contact with the power rails.
"That speeds up the installation and saves us time," says André. “When using the SMISSLINE TP system an installation also benefits from flexibility and speed when performing maintenance or servicing. And importantly for the shipbuilding industry, the rail system is approved by all major certification authorities."
Choosing SMISSLINE TP Power Bar system was made in close cooperation and consultation with ABB. "ABB is a partner with whom we work very productively. If there is a problem or issue, we sit together at the table and look for a solution in concrete terms. ABB’s SMISSLINE TP system has the answers to our problems."
The standard SMISSLINE TP system is LLOYDS certified. The new SMISSLINE TP Power Bar System is suitable up to 250 A and can even reach 400 A with appropriate upgrades.