Delta-sistems’ outlook on ship’s technology; understand your sector, know your clients, permanently innovate
Shipsonic understands the day-to-day practice of international shipping very well. We listen very carefully to our clients. And with clients, we not only mean technical officers in the headquarters of a shipping company but equally important, the ship’s crew.
Based on this information and permanent feedback, we have chosen for a robust, industrial approach of its systems designs. Ships are 24-7 on the move. In the engine rooms, humidity and temperatures can be very high for extended periods of time. At the high seas, you cannot call a service engineer to check on problems with one of your ship’s systems.
The Shipsonic electronics engineer has made a deliberate design effort to guarantee that the transducers in our systems can be powered continuously without excessive heat generation. The life cycle of electronics is severely shortened by excessive heat or fluctuating temperatures. Our system design ensures that all electronics always stay at least 25% below its maximum temperature specifications. All control units are equipped with 2 cooling fans, one blowing inward and one blowing outward to guarantee proper air circulation inside.
Plug and play
In the Shipsonic design, each transducer is a stand-alone module, with separate power supply, separate power circuit board (PCB) and separate software module. This means that if one transducer fails, all other transducers of the same control unit will continue to function.
In case of a short circuit, mostly due to accidents with the transducer cable, the fuse on the PCB will blow. However, often also the electronics will be damaged. But since the PCBs in the control unit are plug-and-play; replacing a PCB in the control unit requires no special knowledge and requires 5 minutes, even at the high seas!
Robust, only the essentials
We know the prevailing circumstances in an engine room. Hot, humid, noisy. And with a crew on shift work, always with a too long to-do-list. They walk past the different equipment in the engine room and want to see in one glance if everything is OK. And if something is wrong, they need to fix it immediately, after all, all systems onboard are essential for the ship’s functioning. Therefore Shipsonic systems are purely functional, no frills such as digital displays or wireless system monitoring. All such frivolities may look nice on a trade show, but they tend to break down, making your system vulnerable. We are not concerned with cosmetics, but with reliability.
Permanent, structural client feedback
We find client feedback so important, that any client willing to give us structural feedback on the functioning of his ultrasonic antifouling system, is offered a 30% reduction on system costs. As part of our feedback system, we are the only UAF supplier that hires professional divers to film the state of box coolers and sea chests protected by our systems.
Installation consulting services
Installing an ultrasonic antifouling system is very simple, and normally carried out by the ship’s crew. The one decision to make is how many transducers are needed, and where to place them. To help clients with this, we offer an installation consultancy service. We let you do the installation, but help you decide how. This service can be hired online, using video conferencing etc. Or one of our consultants comes to visit you on the ship itself.
The Netherlands has a rich maritime research and development tradition. At Shipsonic we have made a conscious decision to tap into this. To be able to do this, our systems are fully developed and built in the Netherlands. This allows us to partner with such institutions as the NIOZ (Netherlands Institute for Sea Research) and the HZ Vlissingen (University of Applied Sciences), amongst others. For a more detailed look into our present innovation agenda, go to our Research & Development section.