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Marine automation system, K-Chief 700

Introduction

K-Chief 700 marine automation system operator station
Typical K-Chief 700 marine automation system operator station.

operator control panel
K-Chief 700 operator control panel.

The K-Chief 700 marine automation system is a distributed monitoring and control system. Its flexible, architecture allows it to be used for a wide range of tasks within offshore industry, safety- and vessel control systems.

The K-Chief 700 is primarily a stand alone system that covers all important functions onboard a vessel, such as:

  • Power management
  • Auxiliary machinery control
  • Ballast/bunker monitoring and control
  • Cargo monitoring and control

The K-Chief 700 system is built from modular hardware components and modular application software. Any number of these modules can be combined to provide an optimal solution for a specific vessel's requirements.

Distributed processing

The K-Chief 700 marine automation system is based on distributed processing where the various processes are controlled by input/output (I/O) modules located close to the processing units.

System overview

Our remote I/O modules, may also be installed in our own cabinets or those supplied by others. Typical examples are switchboards or valve control cabinets, to achieve complete installation and pre-commissioning before installation. The K-Chief 700 remote I/O range includes modules for a wide variety of applications including installations in hazardous areas.

Integrated vessel control

K-Chief 700 marine automation system Diesel generator process diagram
Diesel generator process diagram.
Lubrication oil process diagram
Lubrication oil process diagram.

The K-Chief 700 marine automation system may be integrated seamlessly with KONGSBERG dynamic positioning, propulsion control systems and custody transfer system. Our integrated solutions offer significant advantages over stand alone systems:

  • Well-proven solutions that focus on the complete vessel operation
  • Operational consistency
  • Free information flow throughout the entire system
  • Common technology

Integrating all functions for monitoring and control of a vessel provides benefits both technically and economically. Functions are integrated to reduce the need for hardware and software functions and to reduce interface requirements. The benefits of system integration are fully realised when all components are based on the same technology, both in hardware and software.

Modular technology

The use of common technology has allowed us to develop modular products. The benefits of modularity are passed on to our customers through:

  • Same range of hardware modules are used in the K-Pos dynamic positioning and K-Chief marine automation system
  • Identical basic software platform in the K-Thrust thruster control, K-Pos and K-Chief marine automation system
  • Free flow of information between the K-Thrust, K-Pos and K-Chief systems process information
  • Consistent operation
  • Reduced spare part and training requirements

Safety and reliability

The K-Chief 700 is designed to meet the most stringent safety and reliability requirements to provide maximum availability. It supports redundancy at all levels including communication, process controllers, remote I/O  modules and power supplies.

The built-in self-diagnostic facilities monitor the entire control system and include extensive monitoring of field circuits as well as earth-fault detection. Fail-to-safe philosophy is implemented by pre-determination of system responses with respect to internal or external faults. K-Chief 700 have been type approved by major classification societies.

Cost optimisation

The K-Chief 700 concept allows significant reductions in cost and installation time compared to traditional solutions. These savings result from:

  • Extensive cabling reductions
  • Reduced man-hours for engineering, installation, commissioning and documentation
  • Reduced vessel building time
  • Improved quality of testing of control system

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