Transas Marine has released a new simulator product
, which is a stand-alone Engine Room simulator, ERS Solo. This simulator broadens the company's existing product range of Engine Room simulators, which includes the PC-based ERS 2000 and the ERS 3000, which is fitted with real engine control room panels for monitoring and control of engine room machinery
. The ERS Solo possesses all the functionality of ERS 2000, other than its on-line Instructor functions. With the ERS Solo simulator, the Instructor-generated tasks are performed in off-line mode. The main simulated machinery includes
the ship's diesel propulsion power plant, with models for two-stroke and four-stroke diesel engines, an electric power plant and a number of auxiliary systems
. The main purpose of this new simulator development from Transas is to provide a cost-effective but efficient instrument suitable for both preliminary and knowledge refreshment training of Engine Room watch-keeping personnel. ERS Solo can be run on Intel (INTC)
Pentium - II - 400 equipped with a 17-in. or higher true-color monitor with a resolution of 1,280 x 1,024 pixels.
A new set of dedicated hardware for the ERS series has already been designed and was made available during Summer 2000. Due to increased demand for Engine Room simulator technologies
, the range of software functions
for ERS systems has also been expanded. A new version of the ERS simulator is already approaching the final stages of development and will be presented to end - users in the near future. The new features of this upgraded ERS include a Distillation Plant system simulator, which has already been added to the existing functionality, a Fire Extinguishing alarm system, CO2 Extinguishing system, as well as a Foam and Sea Water Extinguishing system
, all of which are currently under development.