Automation and remote control features have been developed in recent years for nearly every major area of the engineering installation. Systems have been designed for specific types of equipment, and are then operated even though other areas of the installation have no automation capabilities. There are automated controls for boilers, electrical plants, distilling plants, and many other lesser areas of the overall installation.
One of the most recent efforts has been in the control of throttle operation. Systems have been developed which permit throttle control from both the bridge and the engine room. With the advent of these throttle systems, the result has been centralization of all control capabilities into one location. This action is designed to serve two purposes, the decrease in watchstanding personnel and closer control of the engineering plant. Bell log printout capabilities have been incorporated for accuracy and time saving purposes.