The HighMode system has been developed according to
the peculiar project philosophy of Tecnonautica, which is already
known for its hardware architecture for the traditional electric system.
This hardware architecture consists in the couple control card - actuation
interface placed in the main switch board.
The peculiar features of our new system are:
a) Actuation Interface: they are the Tecnonautica custom cards. Their duty is to activate the power relays inside the power switchboard and to gather all the feedbacks in order to send them back to the panels. They are usually all placed inside the main power switchbox.
b) Control Cards: they are the Tecnonautica custom cards normally placed in the main remote control panel. Their duty is to drive the actuation interfaces above mentioned. . The control cards are connected to the interfaces by the traditional and safe flat-cable system. They also are equipped by a Tecnonautica bus interface for the communication with a control PC via a proprietary bus (named TN-bus) using a normal RS-485 port. In the HighMode philosophy all the controls are concentrated in a single panel which can be used as “hard backup” of the centralized system.
NOTE: until here the structure is the same as the traditional system one.
c) Master PC for monitoring and control: This is an industrial grade PC for rough environments with a heavy duty touch-screen and equipped with the TN-bus for the communication with the system’s control cards.
d) HighMode Software: is the Tecnonautica tool for the control and the monitoring of the board installation.
e) Power Box: is the intelligent power supply for the PC and the monitor. Its main duty is to avoid incorrect and potentially dangerous switching off of the system. Besides, relying on different energy sources available on the installation, continuity of service is achieved . It is connected to the PC by RS485, totally controlled by the HighMode software.
f) Event Recorder (optional): it can be combined with the monitoring software. It is a very safe hardware recorder of the events that occurs to the electric system to allow a future analysis of breakdowns or inefficiencies. It can also record out of order periods of the monitoring system.
g) Further Stations: they are connected to the PC master by a data net and they consent to have until 4 different touch panels to control the system, of course with some differentiation concerning the rights and possibilities of access.
h) Remote Control Units: mobile units for the access and activation of system parts under the centralized control, they are realised on different supports and they use different wireless communication systems.
MONITORING SW STRUCTURE
The HighMode software has a structure based on the idea of “system”; the function are divided in different subsystems:
System: activations, lights, measure and control instruments
for battery, alarms.
When the user selects the electric system, he has under control the following panels:
24Vdc Switches Panel: they can be two or four and control a maximum of ten 24Vdc loads each one. Every pushbutton has its own feedback from the field and can be fully customized in the graphics and in the related label. Configurable burst (pushbutton), toggle (on/off) or preloaded (timer). Maximum number of channels: 40.
24Vdc/220Vac Warnings: two or four panels of warning lights with ten lamps each one (maximum 40 warnings). Every warning can be fully customized in the graphics and in the related label.
Instrument Panel: the maximum number in the system is five. The display is numerical and graphical as well. Till ten voltages and currents can be displayed. Each panels has also six pushbuttons that can be configured either burst or toggle (see above). Sub panels for the recording of electrical measurements and mean value calculation are also present.
Alarms: even five alarm’s panels with a maximum of 48 channels are available. It is possible to put together alarms of the same type, even if belonging to different panels, obtaining thus a classification by categories of the alarms themselves: general alarms, port holes, bilges etc. The graphics can show the boats plans or sections in order to make evident by mean of suitable coloured spots the location of the alarm point at a glance. Even here there is a sub-panel with a historical log of all events. Automatic management of smoke detectors on alarm acknowledgement.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: even if part of the electrical system, it is ALWAYS possible to recall with only one touch the alarm panels from whatever other panel. They also show in real time the arising of new alarm conditions, even though the user is in any sub-page of other systems.
panel allows the management of dashboard loads:
Talk back system
As previously explained, Tecnonautica does not suggest the total submission to the monitoring system of those functions which need to be used often or quickly and safely. We strongly suggest to use for the most critical functions (talk back system, horn etc) the traditional keyboards and to place them within reach.
Integrate system for the lights control. According to the system philosophy, this panels allows basic control of the boat lights. Until 16 panels are available which are divided in groups of four. Every panel may control till six lights, chosen among those selected on the lights cards or on the system dimmer. Each panel can turn off or turn on the whole group of lights; besides the image show the position and the condition of each light points inside the boat.
panel set for the control of the boat’s tanks levels. Are available
It is possible to set for each level the threshold of too empty/too full visual alarms. There is also a support system for the control of different tanks sizes.
The HighMode monitoring system can be expanded to a maximum of four different points to the control of the boat
The control stations can be of different kind:
Master station or Main station: it TOTALLY controls each
system component, with no limits. It is usually placed in the bridge.
It is recommended
to use only one master station to be sure of the system resistance and
HIGHMODE COMFORT SYSTEM
This is a software for the control of various loads and services not related with the main electrical system. It is specialized in the realization of light sceneries and in the control of multimedia systems.
It controls through a graphic interface and a touch screen till 50 dimmer points (DC or AC), 70 light on/off points, 32 motorized curtains and 4TV lifts.
It is possible to recall until 16 preset sceneries with a single touch and even acting directly on a single light point, dimmer or curtain.
Infrared or wireless controls are also possible.
The graphic is highly specialized with a detailed customisation for each particular boat where it is installed.
INSTALLATION AND PROGRAMMING
As it is for the traditional Tecnonautica systems, the shipyard may receive the set for the monitoring system already configured according to the board wiring, directly from Tecnonautica. The shipyard will have as usual the duty of a correct wiring.
HighMode is a “general purpose” software by Tecnonatica’s choice; it means that starting from a common base, a new configuration can be achieved simply using new settings.
The companion of
HighMode is “HighSetting”, a powerful configuration software through
which allows also th shipyard to quickly and simply modify system parameters.
The system structure, which has a distribute elaboration and intelligence, allows a quick troubleshooting of errors or problems come up during the wiring. No complex operations or highly trained personnel is required.
At the moment Tecnonautica is engaged in studies in order to widen the system capabilities and which will allow remote support and monitoring of the boat system through which Tecnonautica experts can help the shipyard even from distance to fix any problem that could eventually arise.
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