On display at ONS
A smarter simpler and safer dynamic positioning controller. Providing users with more operational reliability and less cost of ownership.
The new K-Pos Dynamic Positioning Controller (DPC), based on KONGSBERG System
Technology, will be shown for the first time on the Kongsberg Maritime stand at
Segregation and redundancy
The unique design of the new DPC extends the principles of system segregation
and redundancy that result in the robustness and high system availability of the
K-Pos dynamic positioning system. The system utilises a scalable module concept
which corresponds to the overall architecture of a dynamic positioning system and
may be equipped with one, two or three processor units, supporting single, dual
and triple redundant dynamic positioning control systems.
The processors are synchronized on a dual network that is separated from the
process network, which is reserved for communication with other segments of a vessel
system using KONGSBERG System Technology. This solution ensures that the DP controller
will continue operation even if there is a system failure at a higher level, providing
increased redundancy and therefore safety and operational reliability.
The DPC is supplied in a cabinet that is arranged for a logical approach to controller
upgrades as well as to installation and fault finding. The same cabinet can be used
for single and dual systems, though triple systems use an additional top section
for the third processor. The hardware concept for a redundant solution contains:
- Main processors with dedicated processor synchronization network
- Dual process LAN for communication with Operator Stations and other IAS
- I/O modules snapped on to rails with built-in dual power and RBus, i.e.
high speed serial I/O-bus
- For stand-alone systems: full segregation per thruster, one I/O module per
unit. Built-in galvanic isolation and loop monitoring.
- Segregation of serial line I/O. Each serial line input is read by all main
Smarter, simpler and safer
"Our new Dynamic Positioning Controller is smarter, simpler and safer, providing
users with more operational reliability and less cost of ownership," comments Roy
Larsen, Kongsberg Maritime. "KONGSBERG System Technology is being implemented across
a wide range of key shipboard systems, providing a real difference in operation
through utilisation of a common, shipe-wide system architecture and where possible,