Products – Control System Products
L3 Maritime Systems is a leading integrator of L3 Henschel-branded, -designed and -manufactured control system products. Our control system products include:
- Control Systems
- Steering Gear Control System (SGCS)
- Steering Gear Actuation System (SGAS)
- Watermist Control System
- Generator Control Unit (GCU)
- Data Acquisition Units (DAUs)
- Consoles and Workstations
- Throttle and Engine Order Telegraph Control
- Whistle Timer
Our control system products have been tested for compliance with the following specifications:
- ✓ MIL-S-901D (Shock) Qualified
- ✓ MIL-STD-810 (Environmental) Qualified
- ✓ MIL-STD-108 (Enclosure) Qualified
- ✓ MIL-STD-1399/300A (Shipboard Electric Power) Qualified
- ✓ MIL-STD-167-1 (Shipboard Vibration) Qualified
- ✓ MIL-STD-461 (EMI) Qualified
- ✓ MIL-STD-740 (Acoustic Noise) Qualified
Control systems designed by L3 Maritime Systems help you meet the challenges and demands of your mission with more confidence by matching the best technology with purpose-engineered system designs. Our control systems offer high reliability and survivability to ensure safe and effective control and automation of the vessel. Featuring an operator interface that leads the industry in ergonomic design, our MCS solutions reduce operator workload and increase efficiency.
Answering the needs of customers, our team of expert marine control engineers analyzes your system needs and develops a unique solution optimized to meet your requirements, your budget and regulatory standards, with the latest in ship machinery operation capability.
Naval Control Systems
L3 Maritime Systems is a premier supplier to the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard. Our naval control systems have an unrivaled service record in demanding naval applications and an unmatched level of redundancy and survivability.
- Full environmental qualification
- Fully enclosed Data Acquisition Units (DAU) with no external cooling required
- Extensive built-in online test functions
- Comprehensive on-board trainer with physics-based plant model
- Fully integrated with our Ship Situational Awareness System
- Highly survivable and redundant system architecture
- Windows operating system-based operator interface
The use of powerful Versa Module Europa (VMAE) processors in our DAUs allows each unit to operate completely independently of all other units to provide maximum possibility survivability. The DAUs host all control system monitoring and automation sequences to ensure that failures in the operator stations do not result in loss of functionality.
Our engineers design redundancy into all vital control system interfaces to ensure that major plant equipment remains fully operational in the event of an accident. The system is designed so that all system-wide control sequences are duplicated in multiple DAUs with automatic transfer to ensure that functions are not lost due to a single-unit failure.
In addition to providing clear and concise operator displays, our display systems includes a number of features that improve plant operation:
- Rigorous transfer of control for subsystem operation
- Extensive, modifiable alarm filtering and prevent functions to reduce false alarms
- Multiple operator-configurable warning and alarm thresholds
- Operator administration functions, including passwords and restriction of control capability to individual operators
- Data logs and trend analysis
Auxiliary and Patrol Craft Control Systems
When full naval specification systems are not required, we retain our proven operator display system but use industrial programmable logic controllers (PLCs) or PCs for control and data acquisition. We configure system architectures as distributed control systems or with centralized redundant processors. For smaller systems, a PC-with-remote-I/O solution may be used to eliminate the need for large DAU enclosures.
Our selection of a technical solution is based on a systems-engineered analysis of program requirements and a trade-off of control system and installation costs. Regardless of the selected implementation, systems comply with all applicable program and regulatory requirements.
L3 Henschel is a leading designer and manufacturer of custom-designed Marine control systems. L3 control systems include data acquisition subsystems designed for open-architecture applications that seamlessly integrate with existing ship systems.
Steering Gear Control System (SGCS)
The Steering Gear Control System (SGCS) provides two basic functions -- steering control for ship direction and thrust commands for ship propulsion.
Steering Gear Actuation System (SGAS)
The Steering Gear Actuation System (SGAS) is an all-electric dual-rudder control system comprising three motors, drive electronics for the motors, rudder stock and gearing, and a control system.
Water Mist Control System
The Water Mist Control System provides local control and monitoring of onboard water misting systems used for firefighting within machinery spaces. The system comprises damage control and supervisory panels that communicate status and commands over a fiber-optic local area network.
Generator Control Unit (GCU)
The GCU cabinet contains various signal converters, a three-rack PLC, 15-inch touchscreen or conventional monitor with an industrial computer, KATO generator control box and Woodward regulator. The GCU provides automatic and manual control of a ship's generators and acts as a go-between for a KATO generator's control box and a Woodward regulator. The GCU cabinet monitors all essential diesel and generator parameters, displaying this data on a touchscreen or monitor, and also providing it externally through a serial modbus connection. The cabinet has undergone EMI and shock testing and is fully qualified.
Data Acquisition Units (DAUs)
Our DAUs provide a common interface for a wide range of data formats used in shipboard engineering and control systems. The DAU conditions and translates these varied formats to maximize integration of ship control functions. Our designs incorporate lessons learned from our fielded products to continually provide the best value for our customers. Our knowledge and experience deliver fully compliant solutions that support increased operational availability at the lowest-possible cost. L3 Henschel's field-proven Modular FTMs provide the required ship interface and/or signal conditioning for standard shipboard signal formats and protocols.
Consoles and Workstations
L3 Henschel has produced specialty workstations, consoles and enclosures for more than 60 years. All consoles, workstations and enclosures are designed to survive the harshest environments; they are customizable for specific applications and include electronics packaging. Our proven enclosures include standard 19-inch racks that meet shock, vibration, electromagnetic interference and other critical requirements. These features, along with our reputation for reliability, make L3 Henschel the premier single-source provider for all customer workstation, console and enclosure needs.
Our workstations and consoles are designed for use in naval command, control, communications and combat management systems. Our workstations and consoles are based on a modular open system architecture (MOSA) that supports affordable future-oriented growth, allowing long-term technological flexibility and obsolescence mitigation. These designs ensure reliability in the harsh environments of mission-critical operations and include a wide range of advanced features not available in standard, dedicated consoles.
Throttle and Engine Order Telegraph Control
When used with our integrated control systems, our Throttle and Engine Order Telegraph Control products provide fully automated control and monitoring, while retaining manual operation capability.
The L3 Henschel Whistle Timer is designed to automatically control a ship's whistle sequences during specific conditions. The unit has selectable whistle timer sequences that convey the navigational or maneuvering status of the ship. The Whistle Timer also operates manually for at-will signaling or to interrupt automatic operation and includes a man overboard (MOB) function that sounds a whistle sequence and drives external MOB indicators. The Whistle Timer complies with United States Coast Guard COLREGS rules governing sequence, cycle and length of whistle blasts.