Autronica Fire and Security AS is launching a next generation gas safety system for liquid and chemical tankers at Nor-Shipping 2013. The new AutroSafe Maritime Gas Panel Solution introduces a number of key new features that support more flexible installation, improved maintenance and troubleshooting in addition to more reliable, accurate and user-friendly data from Autronica and third party sensors.
Designed to meet all current regulations for gas detection systems, the AutroSafe Maritime Gas Panel Solution is a vital safety tool that alerts tanker crews to the accidental escape of hazardous gases from cargo storage tanks. It is based on the sophisticated gas detection technology and principles developed by industry forerunners Omicron and Autronica Fire and Security since December 2008, under Autronica Fire and Security AS, Division Tønsberg.
“The AutroSafe Maritime Gas Panel Solution utilises Omicron expertise and the proven technology platform from Autronica’s flagship fire & gas detection solution, AutroSafe 4,” explains Robert Grande Director of Product Marketing, Autronica Fire and Security. “AutroSafe 4 fire detection is installed on a wide variety of vessels from mega-cruise ships to box-ships and tankers. It features unique networking and redundancy capabilities, which have been leveraged to position the AutroSafe Maritime Gas Panel Solution as the most advanced gas detection system available today.”
The system features the sophisticated AutroNet, an Ethernet-based panel network that connects all panels and sensors through a dual-path, high-speed (100Mbps) redundant system, delivering solid, reliable performance in line with current regulations. AutroNet safeguards communication between panels even if a line fault (break, switch port fault etc.) is present and any alarms are transmitted safely to all panels because all network traffic is duplicated along two independent network paths.
The AutroSafe Maritime Gas Panel Solution alarm control panel use a communication loop called AutroFieldBus (AFB) to communicate with the gas detection loops, called PowerLoops. AFB length can be up to 1000 meters and even longer if signal boosters or fiber cable interfaces are used. With up to 64 panels in a single system, 31 PowerLoops per AFB and 15 addressable gas detectors per PowerLoop, this approach supports flexible installation for vessels of all sizes and design. The PowerLoop is a two-wire ring capable of delivering 30VDC/100W and is galvanic isolated from the rest of the system for full electrical protection.
The AutroSafe Maritime Gas Panel Solution supports a wide range of third-party gas detection devices, allowing for installation flexibility and accurate data from preferred sensor manufacturers. Because each sensor and network node is addressable, the correct information is always routed to where it is needed, indicating which detection unit has given an alarm. Built-in fault monitoring ensures that if a detection unit fails, it is automatically identified so may be replaced quickly and easily.
Find out more about the AutroSafe Maritime Gas Panel Solution and Autronica’s extensive portfolio of fire detection, suppression and safety systems on stand C04-30a at Nor-Shipping 2013.
Autronica Fire and Security is an international company dedicated to protecting life, environment and property. It is headquartered in Trondheim, one of the largest cities in Norway.
The company is owned by United Technologies Corporation (UTC) and employs more than 380 people with experience in developing, manufacturing and marketing of fire safety equipment.
Total turnover is approximately NOK 600 mil.