In many respects Yaltes and its naval customers are no different to industrial customers, in terms of the demands placed on the control solution. Indeed cost, integration, scalability, robustness, redundancy and flexibility for additions to the system are just as important for ship-board systems as they are for any manufacturing or processing environment.
Integration is a major factor, as many of the ships components and systems are supplied by multiple third parties, so a single control solution that can tie all the data paths together and bring them back to operations consoles is essential.
According to Bülent Hamzaoğlu, Programs Director at Yaltes: “There are two reasons behind our choice of deploying a solution from Rockwell Automation. In the first instance we saw the capabilities that it offered when we worked with a Dutch company a few years back. We learned from these experiences and took the decision to start developing similar systems for use in the Turkish Navy. Second, this market is highly competitive, so using an open and flexible industrial solution adapted to the specific needs of maritime applications makes us and the systems we develop far more cost effective.”