(Mandeville, LA) Beier Integrated Systems (Beier) has purchased South Coast Electric Systems (SCES) of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, from American Electric Technologies (AETI). The acquisition expands Beier’s manufacturing capabilities in the marine market and strengthens Beier’s position as a global leader in integrated, turnkey technology solutions.
Beier will acquire SCES’s operations including a manufacturing plant and equipment in Bay St. Louis, MS. SCES is a marine and industrial electrical switchgear manufacturer and service provider. They have been in business for 14 years and are recognized in the industry as a high quality, cost effective provider of switchgear solutions to the marine and industrial industry. Additionally, we will be adding 13 highly-qualified and committed employees of the South Coast Electric operation to the Beier team. South Coast Electric Systems will now operate under a new name – South Coast Electric, LLC.
“We are very excited about refitting existing vessels and engineering new vessels with our new power and control products from South Coast Electric” says Beier Integrated Systems President, Karl Beier. This acquisition will allow Beier to add the only missing component (the switchgear) to our fully integrated packages in order to provide a complete turnkey electrical solution to shipyards and ship owners. We are confident this will result in a better engineered and integrated equipment package, reducing cost and eliminating risk for our customers.
Beier Integrated Systems, a Beier Radio company, is a global leader in providing turnkey vessel control, navigation, communication and power management solutions with corporate offices in Mandeville, LA and engineering and manufacturing facilities in Gray, LA and Bay St. Louis, MS.
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The unit provides precise rudder position feedback via four non-contact inductive resonance encoders with IP67/IP69K degree of protection. The encoders are mounted in a custom-designed RFU enclosure constructed of 3/8” nominal impact, highly corrosion resistant Vintec I ® PVC to IP68 standards. The RFU utilizes IP68-rated proximity sensing limit switches providing accurate, non-contact electrical travel limits.
“Our engineers have designed an RFU that meets the environmental demands of today’s inland and offshore vessels,” says David Lirette, Vice President of Manufacturing for Sentinel Control Division of Beier Radio. “Where other units in the past have been completely damaged by water intrusion, this unit can survive complete submersion and still provide accurate positioning to the control system.”
“RFU design has not changed in more than 30 years, and Sentinel recognized the industry’s need for a more reliable steering system. We spent two years designing and testing multiple prototypes to make a feedback unit that eliminates issues with previous technology, and Sentinel is pleased to now offer this innovative new design to the marine industry,” Sentinel Design Engineer James Cole.
IP67-rated external connectors match factory-supplied cables that are available in five pre-cut lengths, and drilling is not required, reducing installation time. The stainless steel linkage shaft is adjustable from 3” to 15-5/8” length from center of rotation. The RFU has no internal wiring, which eliminates wiring errors and faults. The inductive resonance encoders feature voltage and current outputs that can interface to the majority of steering and dynamic positioning systems available on the market today and are programmable to provide maximum resolution within any span of rotation.
The RFU is designed and manufactured by Sentinel at Beier Radio’s 20-acre facility in Gray, La. Sentinel is an original equipment manufacturer of high quality control and instrumentation products and systems and is an affiliate of Beier Integrated Systems and The Marine Training Institute within the Beier Radio family of companies.
It is not the intent of Sentinel Control to install this unit in a tank or compartment designed to be flooded, however, if the steering compartment becomes flooded, this unit is designed to operate submerged and provide accurate position information allowing the vessel to be maneuvered to a safe area for repair.
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Sentinel, a Beier Radio company, has designed and manufactured the control panels for the Bayou Petit Caillou Floodgate in south Louisiana. The 110 feet wide floodgate is a dry dock barge, which is moved into place creating a temporary barrier against rising canal waters. The floodgate was installed on September 2, 2015. The Sentinel system automatically controls pumps and valves of the gate to insure that it both sinks and rises in a level fashion regardless of current or other environmental impacts.