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HD Hyundai Global Service

Boosting efficiency

To ensure everything runs smoothly, the technology on board freight ships must be absolutely reliable. However, the greatest challenges for plant engineers are currently external – supply bottlenecks and rising costs are increasing the pressure to be efficient. HD Hyundai Global Service from South Korea therefore utilises a single installation platform for its control and automation solutions – based on standardised enclosure technology from Rittal.

Text Jannick Bangard ––– Photography

Everything on board, apart from pressure – when punctuality, quality and reliability come as standard.

The South Korean port city of Ulsan is home to one of the largest shipyards in the world. Around 25,000 workers build as many as 100 giant freight ships here every year. In the belly of each of these ships is a huge amount of electronic and automation technology that will later be used to control the key functions of these massive floating beasts. This is where HD Hyundai Global Service (HGS) comes in. The company has made a name for itself in the shipping industry as a “total solution provider”, supplying maintenance, repairs and technical support, for example, throughout the entire life cycle of a freighter. Falling under the responsibility of the Digital Solution division, another core competence of HGS is providing smartship and digital control solutions that are needed for optimising routes, monitoring and analysing large machinery, including the primary and generator engines, freight management, and the loading and unloading of liquid gas tankers, for instance. However, global supply bottlenecks and rising cost pressure are creating strong headwinds, and the shipping industry is a tough business. Plant engineers such as HD Hyundai Global Service have to meet the most stringent requirements of their customers and rely on suppliers who account for these requirements in their products and solutions. The aim is to achieve the highest levels of reliability, quality and flexibility, so as to provide a solid basis for the rest of the value creation process. That is why HGS uses standardised enclosure systems from Rittal when it comes to installing the technical infrastructure.


The benefits are already being seen in Ulsan. Ships are built there using the block assembly method, and there is a strict timetable for installing all the components in each block. It is almost impossible to install equipment retrospectively, so HGS depends on enclosures and other items being delivered absolutely on time. In the belly of the ship, Rittal enclosures also offer the dependable quality that is required. “We value the solutions from Rittal because we can rely on their high quality standards in our projects. For example, there can be strong vibrations in the engine room, meaning our infrastructure is subjected to high stresses. We need absolute dependability, and that’s what we get from Rittal,” says Kim Suhyun from the Quality Control Team at HGS.

In addition, technical flexibility is a top priority when it comes to the interior fit-out of the enclosures. After all, the packing densities in enclosures on ships are particularly high due to the lack of space. On top of this, ever more complex applications for control and automation technology and power electronics also require maximum extendibility. Rittal makes this possible with its enclosure system and comprehensive range of accessories, which together offer a wide variety of expansion options.

The TS 8 enclosure system for LNG IAS Hull no.8196, being built at HD Hyundai shipyard, offers comprehensive expansion options.

  • HD Hyundai Global Service

    HD Hyundai Global Service (HGS), based in Seongnam (HQ) and Ulsan (Digital Center), offers its customers services that extend the service life of their ships, machinery and power plants. The HGS one-stop service center ensures that the Hyundai-branded ships and products are repaired, optimised and upgraded to meet industry standards throughout their entire service life. Customers can access all kinds of technical support, such as genuine spare parts from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), performance optimisation for long-term efficiency and retrofits where necessary.



To achieve a higher level of efficiency in the value creation process, HD Hyundai Global Service has opted for standardised plant engineering. “We can use standardised solutions from Rittal as a common installation platform for a whole host of control systems, for example,” says Kim. “They can be used to create customer-specific solutions that are tailored to the requirements of individual products. Without these solutions, it would be very difficult for us to configure a ­variety of customer requirements.” This makes it clear what a deciding factor standardisation has become, as it not only cuts costs for the customer, but also makes it possible to optimise engineering, production and supply logistics. For HGS, the advantage is that the Rittal enclosure system is already certified for maritime applications by DNV, Lloyd's Register and Bureau Veritas. As a result, there is no need for the plant engineer to undertake complicated and time-consuming certification processes. “In a globalised world that is becoming increasingly unstable, the standardised processes and products from Rittal therefore provide stability, reliability, and ultimately a decisive competitive edge,” says Hendrik Lehmann, Solutions Sales ­Ma­nager Maritime & Aviation at Rittal.

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