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cost-effective solutions from small automation systems to large GLOBAL REACH electric drives using well-known brands,” says Loisa. 2015 marks the third year in a row that 100 % of Protacon’s In marine automation business, it is not easy to stand out marine turnover comes from global projects. Loisa says that the from the mass because of the number of suppliers in Europe and focus will be in global deliveries also in the years to come, but worldwide. Protacon, however, has its own marine automation domestic markets will not be forgotten, either. product that is based on Siemens technology. Protacon’s prowess in marine is driven by the great num- “Latest delivery to an icebreaker last year was a full scope ber of hours that are used for product development. Loisa com- automation system including machine alarm and automation func- ments that presently the company has great products not only tions as well as power management and propulsion drives con- for marine retrofits but also for newbuilds, ranging from auto- trol functions,” Loisa says, adding that the delivery was a good mation products to voltage regulators and propulsion drives sys- example of today’s automation system. tems. One example of new innovation is the variable speed gen- “That we can supply not just the automation, but also the large electric systems and drives, gives us the market advantage over competitors.” “All the required functions can be integrated into the same automation system,” Loisa explains. “System networking allows almost unlimited expandability erator application for icebreakers: “The first test – which was held last winter – indicates significant fuel savings when operating through ice where there’s no need for full propulsion power. Application can optimise generator speed and increase speed rapidly when needed, without any side effects to operating,” Loisa reveals. for future functions. Basically, the customer can start with small automation functionality and continue onwards to full system.” More information: seatec 2/2015 43