Quality at all levels, Per Jarle Ytrebø at Ulstein Elektro Installation answers why they are so pleased with the setup of the IAS system (Integrated Automation System) on Nexans Aurora. 

He places special emphasis on the collaboration with Blue Ctrl.  

– We have installed 11 operating stations and ensured the physical connections to the system. When that was done, Blue Ctrl moved in and started work on setting up the system.  

Nexans Aurora has chosen the platform X-CONNECT® from Blue Ctrl. At one of the operating stations Eirik Hareide is well on his way with testing the solution on board.  

  • It is a large ship with a lot of equipment that will be tested, however it has gone well so far. 

What is the benefit of X-CONNECT®?  

  • It is a stable solution, says Eirik. Per Jarle adds that screens and the user interface at the operator stations just works. There is little error in the solution. 

Strict requirements for the system before it comes on board are also quite relevant for safeguarding the solution against errors. Before the solution can be shipped to the yard, it must pass a FAT (Factory Acceptance Test). 

On Nexans Aurora, there is a lot to be done to ensure everything works as it should. Per Jarle shows a densely written 250-page folder with many checkpoints to be acknowledged. It is the yard’s task to create the IO list and then all subcontractors must sign out their system.  

  • The critical thing then, says Per Jarle, is that the loops are intact, and here lies the responsibility on Ulstein Elektro Installation. 

On-board Nexans Aurora, 12 large IO cabinets have been installed for the X-CONNECT ® system. The cabinets are packed with wires that are grouped and form loops. The loops must be closed for the signals to reach the operation centers. This work requires patience and accuracy when each and every loop is tested. 

Photo and text courtesy of Ulstein Group