Shipbuilding Shipbuilding

The universal automation toolkit for shipbuilding: open, flexible, modular

Ships require complex automation tasks, such as machine control, to be solved, depending on type and utilisation. On freighters one of the main tasks is control of loading and unloading cranes. On passenger or cruise ships additional task known from conventional building automation, such as individual room control, have to be dealt with. The challenge for shipbuilding suppliers is to realise these different automation tasks with the smallest possible number of different control systems, which in addition should have standardised interfaces. Beckhoff offers a multi-purpose component kit for all automation tasks, which enables complete control and measuring solutions to be configured.

Applications & Solutions


Applications: The application reports illustrate application options for Beckhoff products and technologies in practice.

Industrial PC

Industrial PC: For shipbuilding Beckhoff offers scalable controllers ranging from Industrial PCs to modularly expandable Embedded PCs with integrated interface to the I/O level.

Bus Terminal

Bus Terminal: The modular Bus Terminal system enables acquisition of data points as well as measuring, control and drive tasks.


TwinCAT: On the software side TwinCAT integrates the PLC and the development environment in a single package. Numerous predefi ned PLC libraries – for example for lighting, HVAC, Motion or other control tasks – reduce the engineering time.