On many waterways, it is often not possible for large ships to pass each other safely, as they cannot always maintain a safe distance. In order for these passageways to remain accessible in both directions 24 hours a day, passing places or one-way systems are often implemented. To control the traffic in such places, signaling systems that send status messages to the captain are used.
The busiest waterways in the world often register more than 100 crossings a day. Should the signaling technology fail, this and the resulting hold-ups would have far-reaching financial consequences.
Phoenix Contact offers products and systems for all areas of application. The components are integrated into the control technology in order to monitor and visualize the status of the devices. For signaling applications in waterways, the control cabinets are mounted directly on the signaling equipment. They have an uninterruptible power supply to provide the 24 V voltage level. Thanks to pre-programmed function blocks, status information (e.g., relating to the batteries) can be easily configured in the controller's application program. This means that the information is available at all times, including to the visualization software, and can be accessed from any point in the network.
Surge protection is essential for outdoor systems. Even for this “classic” application, the intelligent surge protection can be integrated into the application program. PLUGTRAB IQ enables the operator to carry out predictive maintenance. It is the only system on the market that can detect and visualize more than two statuses. In addition to the green (OK) and red (device faulty) status messages, an additional operating state is signaled by the color yellow. This signals a critical value for the intelligent devices and notifies the operator that the element should be replaced at the next opportunity.
Scalable and easy to integrate for maximum availability and predictive diagnostics
The intelligent devices and interfaces to Phoenix Contact components open up completely new opportunities for operators and maintenance staff.
The components feature integrated diagnostics, which means that they can be used locally. Alternatively, the user can choose from a wide range of pre-programmed function blocks and integrate the devices into the application program.
The signal systems and control cabinets feature web-based maintenance that can be accessed using various media. In this case, the connection can either be established locally or via mobile network or integrated SHDSL connections. The scalability of the system allows it to be optimally adapted to the operator's requirements on the basis of a cost-effective solution. At the same time, maximum system availability and therefore the reliable operation of the waterways are guaranteed.