Valmet launches web-based user interface for ship machinery monitoring – Digital Ship

Valmet has launched a new web-based user interface for the marine automation market to control and monitor a ship’s machinery systems.

Built on the latest web standards, the Valmet DNA user interface also allows monitoring from mobile or handheld devices. Combined with role-based user access features, it allows both crew on board and owner supervisors ashore to get exactly the information they need from controlled and monitored systems.

“The new user interface allows all users to collaborate regardless of their physical location on board or ashore. Using mobile and wearable devices, the interface moves with users wherever they go and provides access to system monitoring tasks. Web-based technology represents a modern and state-of-the-art way of designing a user interface. It simplifies integration between the automation system and external systems – and provides better accessibility to monitoring and reporting functions on board and ashore,” said John Weierud, director, marine automation, Valmet.

Built-in technical security controls and cybersecurity features protect the automation network and host computers from threats. The system is accessible via a controlled web browser via secure HTTPS communication.

“We studied the user experience in process control, from ergonomic requirements to usability and collaborative tools. Today, more data is available than ever before. But at the same time, there are fewer operators. To improve operation, the automation system must be readily available to perform the actions required by the various operators. Also, process information is needed outside of traditional control rooms. One of the goals of developing the new user interface was to provide a good view of relevant information. That’s why we created different levels of information,” said Lars Edin Svaasand, product and development manager, marine, Valmet.

Role-based user access ensures that the automation system provides each user with information relevant to their role and tasks. Instead of pre-designed content, the automation system allows the user to compose relevant informational content and share it with other users. Each user can have page hierarchies and views customized to their own role – such as an operator in the control room, officers in the wheelhouse, supervisor or any other role. The different levels of information allow operators to easily access important equipment or supervisors to access high-level trending information.

The most relevant process information is always readily available. Organizing different page styles and types of information on different hierarchical levels provides the user with a top-down view of all process information. This improves system status awareness and leads to better situational awareness and user experience.

“We can build the control room workstations with different levels of information, overviews, monitoring and control analysis, detailed process data, as well as operational, support and diagnostic information”, Weierud added.

Valmet DNA UI presents the process in a user-oriented way through color selection and graphic design according to modern design principles. Relevant information is provided in visual, well-structured and easy-to-understand dashboards, overviews of key parameters, process and sub-process views.

The new user interface can be delivered as an upgrade to existing Valmet DNA automation systems. Ship owners can reap the benefits of the new user interface with an upgrade rather than a complete system upgrade.