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Effective RFID Solution to save Fuel on the High Seas

RFID solution for newly developed CARROUSEL RAVE TUG harbour tugboat

The company Elincom has implemented an effective RFID solution for a newly developed harbour tug named CARROUSEL RAVE TUG from NOVATUG. The private company NOVATUG belongs to the Terneuzen-based towing and recovery company Multraship.

The objective of this project was to increase the efficiency of fuel when transporting goods by tug between ports.

NOVATUG would like to measure and evaluate fuel consumption on its specially developed harbour tugs. On the inside of the carousel there are 60 UHF RFID tags mounted, every 6 degrees. The measurement had to be carried out every 6 degrees directly on the carousel.

As an official partner of iDTRONIC, Elincom relies on the iDTRONIC BLUEBOX CX LR 1CH and the MR antenna to ensure fast and accurate tag identification. Due to the special IP67 protection class, the devices are water and dirt repellent and are particularly suitable for this application.

The tag IDs are read by the on-board management software via PROFIBUS and referenced to a corresponding angle, which is graphically displayed to the skipper and sent to a remote backend server to combine the towing angle information with other information such as fuel consumption.

This solution meets the following requirements

  • Contactless Identification of the Tags
  • Water and Dirt-proof Function of the RFID Devices
  • Real-Time Transfer of Data to the Captain’s Monitor

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Patrick Kochendörfer
Patrick Kochendörfer
Senior Product Manager
Ludwigshafen, Germany
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