Valmet launches its web-based Valmet DNA user interface

Published 04/29/2022 15:31 by

The Maritime Executive

[By: Valmet]

The innovative user interface uses modern web technologies and offers a new experience in controlling and monitoring a ship’s engine systems. It is based on the latest web standards and also allows monitoring from mobile or handheld devices. Combined with role-based user access capabilities, it enables both onboard crew and owner’s supervisors ashore to get exactly the information they need from the controlled and monitored systems.

“The new user interface enables all users to collaborate regardless of their physical location on board or ashore. Using mobile and handheld devices, the user interface moves with users wherever they go and provides access to system monitoring tasks. Web-based technology represents a modern and contemporary way of designing a user interface. It simplifies the integration between the automation system and the external systems – and provides better access to monitoring and reporting functions onboard and ashore,” says John Weierud, Director, Marine Automation, Valmet.

The Valmet DNA user interface provides relevant information in visual, well-structured, easy-to-understand dashboards, important parameter overviews, process and sub-process views.

Built-in technical security controls and cybersecurity features protect the automation network and host computers from threats. The system can be accessed via a controlled web browser using secure HTTPS communication.

Relevant information based on the needs of different user groups

“We examined the user experience in process control, ranging from ergonomic requirements to ease of use and collaborative tools. More data is available today than ever before. But at the same time there are fewer operators. In order to improve operations, the automation system must be readily available to perform the actions required by different operators. In addition, process information is required outside of traditional control rooms. A focus in developing the new user interface was to provide a good view of relevant information. For this reason we have created different layers of information,” explains Lars Edin Svaasand, Product and Development Manager, Marine, Valmet.

Role-based user access ensures that the automation system provides each user with information that makes sense for their role and tasks. Instead of ready-made content, the automation system allows the user to assemble relevant information content and share it with other users. Each user can have customized page hierarchies and ads based on their own role – such as an operator in the control room, officers in the wheelhouse, a supervisor or other role. The different levels of information allow operators to easily access key equipment or supervisors to access top-level trending information.

The most relevant process information is always immediately available. The arrangement of different page styles and types of information on different hierarchy levels offers the user a top-down view of all process information. This improves the perception of the system status and leads to a better situational awareness and user experience.

“We can build the control room workstations with different levels of information, overviews, monitoring and control analysis, detailed process data, and operational, support and diagnostic information,” adds John Weierud.

Valmet DNA UI presents the process in a very user-oriented way through color selection and graphic design according to modern design principles. Relevant information is provided in visual, well-structured, easy-to-understand dashboards, important parameter overviews, process and sub-process views.

The new user interface can be deployed as an upgrade to existing Valmet DNA automation systems. Ship owners can take advantage of the new user interface with an upgrade rather than a full system upgrade.

The products and services described in this press release are not endorsed by The Maritime Executive.

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