Anglo Eastern innovate Advance Process Instrumentation Trainer
For imparting practical training to the top level marine engineers Anglo Eastern Maritime Training Center has developed a process trainer
Since simulators, ship-in-campus and other systems have their limitation for imparting training to marine engineers in some of the advanced areas Anglo Eastern Maritime Training Center has come up with an innovation for imparting training to marine engineers in the field of automation and control system. It has built and designed in-house the “ADVANCED PROCESS INSTRUMENTATION TRAINER” especially to train chief engineers, second engineers and senior electrical officers.
As new vessels coming out of the shipyards get integrated with increasingly advanced technologies bringing in ever higher level of automation, marine engineers are coming face-to-face with new challenges. Until now there was no substitute for learning through experience which is very expensive and risky. But Anglo Eastern’s custom built process trainer is set to change all this. Their process trainer is designed with a vision to impart more confidence to the sailing engineers in the field of automation, control system and various onboard processes.
“One of the weak areas of expertise among engineers is control engineering,” stated Francis Akkara, Head of Engineering Studies of Anglo Eastern Group. “Operation of the engine room, cargo monitoring and operation system are to be well taken care of. Unless one has the theoretical knowledge he / she can’t use the analytical knowledge and skill to fix the problems. This course will help the marine engineers to gain theoretical knowledge and confidence in dealing with such automated equipment.
“After the course, the candidates learn how to calibrate the valves, E/P converters, adjust the PID controllers or even supervision through human machine interfaces, a newer prospect on board that could be a challenge to troubleshoot. We have even provisioned for a ‘Programmable Logic Controller’ thus making this trainer a complete hands on training concept for marine engineers.”
It is desirable that ships should run with better efficiency and all processes be in good operating range as suggested by the makers. This makes it important to monitor these parameters and operate the system in an optimum manner.
For example, a process like jacket cooling water system, boiler system and so on can be optimized, only if operated well within the allowable limit. This way the marine engineer will protect the owner’s interest and save our planet by minimizing the wastage of energy. Secondly, a plant being operated too far from the set point can give progressive failure which includes a cylinder liner crack, boiler damage etc., which are expensive mistakes. In order to operate such automated system efficiently, it is imperative to acquire good theoretical and practical knowledge.
Anglo Eastern has initially commenced with a two-day course for imparting theoretical and practical knowledge of various control systems, including Proportional, Integral and Derivatives. This system is designed to train engineers & electro technical officers in the very basics of instrumentation to advanced levels in control systems & automation.
This trainer that has been developed has got controlling equipment which are the exact make used extensively onboard. “There is no such equipment available in the market suitable for such high value training capable of imparting effective training,” points out Mr Akkara. “The training that we are imparting is a combination of theoretical knowledge coupled with practical training. We can also induce problems and faults in the trainer equipment so that the candidates are trained in achieving better ability in trouble shooting and fault finding.”