Sleipner opens the weather window a little wider for workboats
Sleipner has invested in faster, more flexible technology, updating its stabiliser reaction, the control screens – and also what sits behind the glass.
The company’s curved Vector Fin stabilisers are particularly interesting for workboats: the active design effectively opens the weather window just a little wider while keeping crew and passengers safer and more comfortable, with negligible increase in fuel consumption or loss of speed. More, it eliminates many of the downsides associated with older fin based systems.
However, Sleipner’s been smoothing its technology: as a result the stabilisers are now even faster on read and respond times. This is the result of tweaking the company’s own S-link CANbus system and giving each actuator its own dedicated Fin Control Unit (FCU); after this, the signals are then all channelled to a ‘mother’ processing unit - the stabilizer control unit or SCU.
It is a configuration with a number of advantages; firstly it is a plug and play system meaning installation and retrofit is easier but more importantly allows faster and more direct fin control, “there’s now just one cable per fin that’s routed to the SCU”, said Sleipner’s Meyrick Tooley. Further, this means it no longer requires a specialist to wire in the system as installation is now a matter of clipping the integrated plugs into place.
The control panels are now all completely waterproofed, S-linked and yield a much higher resolution. Therefore, while the operator had previously been limited to one main display located on the bridge – the driest spot – it’s now possible to have a number of screens in a variety of different areas. This also covers use inside or out, wet or dry, so an operator out on the deck can now also take control of the stabilisers if need be.
More, on a very practical note, Sleipner’s displays have been upgraded for better light balance in daylight or dark hours: the new LCD screens are bright enough to stand out against the glare of the sun and more, they don’t create issues for all-important night vision “as they can be dimmed all the way down if necessary” said Mr Tooley.
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