Russian Icebreaker Ship Relies on Robust HMI

Winches operated on ships traveling between the North Pole and Antarctica get new human machine interfaces that stand up against harsh elements.

QTerm-A7 HMI
QTerm-A7 HMI

Adria Winch, a manufacturer of hydraulic, electrical and pneumatic deck equipment for vessels, has chosen the Qterm-A7 human machine interface (HMI) with iX software by Beijer Electronics to control five oceanographic winches located on an open deck of a Russian research icebreaker ship.

The icebreaker ship navigates from the North Pole to Antarctica deploying oceanographic sensors. The QTerm-A7 with iX manages the operating modes, settings, temperatures and calibrations of the winches, and monitors the rope length (2 km to 8 km), speed and force used to deploy the sensors.

“We chose the QTerm-A7 because of its robustness,” said Miroslav Komlenovic, senior design engineer at Adria Winch. “The Qterm-A7 can operate at temperatures as low as -30° C, has IP66 protection and is compatible with our current PLC system.”

The QTerm-A7 is IP66 rated, UL 508, Class I Div 2 and ABS certified, and operates in -30° to 70° C, and can be stored in temperatures between -40° and 85° C. Additional features include a widescreen 7” TFT-LCD display with resistive touch screen, 10/100Base-T Ethernet, two USB 2.0 full-speed host ports and two serial ports.

Windows Embedded CE 6.0 or iX software is available on the QTerm-A7. iX includes multiple drivers to communicate with automation equipment, scalable vector-based graphics, open architecture and a variety of HMI functions (i.e., alarms, trends, recipes).

“The demanding conditions commonly found in this environment has put the Qterm-A7 to the test,” said Bob Mullins, industrial product manager of Beijer Electronics. “But with the rigorous environmental testing and industrial certifications, we feel that our Qterm-A7 fits perfectly with Adria Winch and their marine requirements.”

More information available on the QTerm-A7.

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