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K-Chief 600 marine automation system building blocks

Modular design

The modular design of the K-Chief 600 marine automation system allows us to meet individual ship owners requirements using standard modules. The main building blocks of the K-Chief 600 are:


K-Chief 600 marine automation system control room panel K-Chief 600 touch screen panel

Operator station

Used to receive alarms and to allow monitoring and control of the system. It can display mimic diagrams, allow control of the Watch Calling System and printing of various logs. It gives access to Distributed Processing Units for inspection of variables, operation of equipment, adjustment of parameters etc. The K-Chief 600 operator station consists of a personal computer connected to a colour graphics display. Operation is done through custom made control panels.


 

Watch calling system

Watch bridge unit

Used to indicate engine room alarms on the bridge while in bridge control and to accept the transfer of engine watch responsibility to and from the bridge.

Watch cabin unit

Used to indicate engine room alarms in the engineer on duty’s cabin and in the public quarters while in bridge control.


Distributed processing unit 

Distributed processing units

Used to monitor analogue or digital sensors and provide analogue and digital output to different devices. A variety of different distributed processing units are available to provide interfeaces to different types of equipment.


Segment Controller Unit

Segment Controller Unit

The Segment Controller Unit - SCU is a gateway responsible for the local CAN segment. Distributed Processing Units are connected to the local CAN segment. DPU’s are I/O-modules with tagbased processing capability. The local CAN segment is compliant to CANopen maritime (CiA 307). Multiple segments can be interconnected; SCU's communicate on dual global CAN-lines, compliant to CANopen maritime (CiA 307). Optionally SCU's can be interconnected via an industrial Ethernet, POWERLINK.


Process Segment Starcoupler

Process segment starcoupler

Used to segment the CAN-bus so that a short circuit or broken line in one segment will not affect the functions in the other segments.


CAN-bus

A dual redundant CAN-bus is used for communication between Distributed Processing Units. Each unit is connected to two completely separate buses for maximum redundancy.


Local area network

A dual redundant Local Area Network is used for communication between the Operator Stations and other PC based equipment. Each unit is connected to two completely separate networks for maximum redundancy.

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