AMCS6 is the improved version of our standard anchor monitoring system. AMCS6 inherits all the attributes of AMS6, but in addition, it is engineered to monitor and control all brakes, couplings and other active components of an anchor winch in a safe manner.
Safety is the key feature of all our products. This is why, during all development phases, we follow the most recent marine standards and regulations concerning safety in industrial monitoring and control systems.
Using open system architecture and high-tech certified automation devices INCONTROL’s AMCS6 can be customized for all types of windlasses.
Things you can achieve by choosing INCONTROL’s AMCS6 system:
- User friendly interfaces
- Real time data monitoring and logging
- Optimized alarm management system
- High speed device communication network
- Remote service and support
- Cost efficiency
- Can be customized to meet your special requirements
Data acquisition and processing
AMCS6 system incorporates four Allen Bradley marine certified programmable logic controller units, one for each mooring location (usually four corners). Each unit processes data – sampling, scaling, calibration, etc. – from the sensors, and controls the brakes and the couplings of the anchor winch. If it is required, the architecture can be customized with redundant PLC units.
INCONTROL can deliver the best suitable sensors, transducers, hydraulic or pneumatic electrovalves, to meet the environment and application requirements.
Our Human Machine Interface application developed for the local AllanBradley monitoring and control operator displays is optimized for the best look-and-feel results: visualization, design and user friendliness. The standard AMCS6 system includes two operator display units per mooring location – typically four anchor winch cabins.
The AMCS6 has been designed so as the anchor winches can be operated remotely – from barge control rooms, for example from display terminals – one or two units per mooring location connected to the main device network.
By using synoptic diagrams depicting the actual arrangement of the anchor winch components, AMCS6 HMI gives the operator a better overview and feeling of the entire process.
Some other features of the INCONTROL HMI are trending, alarms management (acknowledgment, silencing, historical logging), custom settings for monitoring and control.
Using industrial Ethernet switches connected through an optical fiber layer in a ring topology, communication network architecture between AMS6 devices at different levels has been designed to achieve maximum speed performance and node redundancy at the same time.
At the supervisor level, the graphical user interface designed for the central unit, located in the barge control room, shows the real time continuous readings, of the main anchor-line parameters from all mooring locations. The supervisory unit is a robust and flexible fanless industrial computer suitable for marine operations.
One of the main important features of the supervisory computer is the system health monitoring function. The user is notified through different alarm messages about any malfunction detected in the AMS6 network hierarchy.
Optionally, the supervisory computer can be interfaced to provide useful information about mooring line parameters to third party systems, such as dynamic positioning systems, centralized data acquisition systems, centralized alarm systems etc.
Remote service and support
Using the VPN routing technology, INCONTROL offers the possiblity of remote maintenance for the AMS6 product. The solution is based on establishing a secure, encrypted, bi-directional tunnel through internet between INCONTROL office and AMS6 network, using a dedicated industrial VPN router.
By using the remote maintenance solution the following features must be considered:
- Improved quality and reliability of digital data transfer
- Improved security by using the encrypted data transfer VPN tunnel
- Fast software debugging and upgrading
- Cost savings with the remote software maintenance