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.