Juha Vertanen, Wärtsilä®:

”Modification work was completed without major production breaks”

”One of the most significant recent projects with Protacon was the total upgrade of the trial test process and loading automation at Wärtsilä Vaasa, also including bus protocol modifications. A challenging aspect in this project was that the entire modification was completed without any major production breaks.

At the same time, improvements were made to the data collection system, because data management and analysis now play an increasingly significant role at us. Data collection is needed for measuring engine performance, plant and production efficiency and maintenance need – not forgetting data that is necessary in engine and genset startups. These improvements have increased the efficiency and quality level of the test trial event, as well as speeded up production.

Our loading system is unique in its output class – enabling fast and safe connection to the power supply network.

 

Our loading system is unique in its output class. For example, it can be used to complete computational load models for marine or power plant applications – both propeller curves, pump startups and power supply network simulations. The system enables a fast and safe connection to the power supply network without separate network synchronization.

We can use the system to complete various certifications required by different countries and classification societies. In addition, electrical energy produced by the engine can be completely utilized in consumption. Protacon has developed it in cooperation with other companies based in Vaasa. This is a good example of cooperation and closeness of companies located in Vaasa.

"We can use the system to complete various certifications required by different countries and classification societies."

The delivery trials of the test facility do not usually last long; however, depending on the year and production, approximately 60–70% of all energy produced by the test facility is directly used as electrical energy. The rest, approximately 30–40%, is used for other forms of energy, such as district heating, which we provide for both our own plant and the Vaasa area.

“Electrical and automation expertise under the same roof”

Protacon is responsible for the maintenance of our test facility’s automation system. In addition, they have developed testing systems for Wärtsilä engines and participated in our product development projects. They are competent in the PLC systems and software that we use. It is easy to work and cooperate with them since all expertise related to electricity and automation can be found under the same roof.

Regarding the test facility, Protacon has had a big role in the Vaasa plant area. Our cooperation started already in the 1990’s. Personally, I joined Wärtsilä in 2011 involved in testing and have cooperated with Protacon since then. In my view, their competence and expertise has been versatile and exactly what we have needed.

”With Protacon, we have been able to focus our own resources on other needs”

With Protacon, we have been able to focus our own resources on other needs in a better way and we are provided with services even at short notice. This has meant cost efficiency and real value for us. I have been really satisfied with the service provided to us during these years and I hope that we can further develop our cooperation in future as well.”

Juha Vertanen

Electrical & Automation Manager,
Assembly & Testing Unit

Wärtsilä Finland Oy, DCV Serial Delivery Unit

Wärtsilä is an internationally leading provider of intelligent technologies and total lifecycle solutions for marine and energy markets. Wärtsilä maximizes the environmental and economic efficiency of its customers’ ships and power plants by focusing on sustainable innovations, data analytics and total efficiency.

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  • In 2018, Wärtsilä’s net sales was 5.2 billion euros and the number of personnel approximately 19,000 employees. The company has over 200 locations in more than 80 different countries all over the world. Wärtsilä’s shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.
  • The largest affiliate is Wärtsilä Finland employing 3,900 professionals of almost 50 different nationalities in Finland, based in Vaasa, Turku and Helsinki.
  • Delivery Centre Vaasa, the unit responsible for the manufacture and delivery of Wärtsilä W20, W31 and W32/34 engines and gensets is capable of offering unique flexibility for both fuels and operating methods. All engines and gensets sold to customers are subjected to trial tests prior to delivery. The output of the largest engines manufactured in Vaasa is 12,000 kW.

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