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Sperry Marine's new generation of marine alarm and monitoring system

A new series of shipboard machinery automation solutions, marketed by Northrop Grumman’s Sperry Marine business unit under the VisionMaster label, is being introduced to provide cost-effective solutions for small- to medium-size commercial vessels. The hardware is type approved to meet the requirements of major classification societies for unmanned machinery space operation.  

Offered in two basic configurations – VisionMaster Alarm Management System (AMS) and VisionMaster Machinery Control System (MCS) – the new Sperry Marine solutions use commercial-off-the-shelf industry-standard components for all key building blocks within the system.

The systems are based on a dedicated redundant-switched Ethernet local area network for complete field-to-server data links. The Ethernet ring is structured around two servers to provide redundancy in hot back-up configuration for control and monitoring of all subsystems.

'The VisionMaster AMS and MCS solutions are designed to provide an easy ‘drop-in’ replacement for legacy machinery automation systems, as well as newbuilds, with serial interfaces to the sensors on diesel engines from most major plant manufacturers,' said J. Nolasco DaCunha, vice president of Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine. 'They can be installed as stand-alone alarm, monitoring and control solutions, or integrated with the Sperry Marine VisionMaster FT™ integrated bridge systems.'

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