RCH Engineers New Steering System

MarineLink.com
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Image: RCH

Rio Controls & Hydraulics (RCH) said it has developed a new steering system by modifying existing inductive sensors used in the oil and gas industry to reach a design that the company said will provide accurate and longer lasting sensor command and feedback signals.

This technology aims to replace conventional devices such as potentiometers, as RCH claims its system offers many advantages over traditional steering.

•    Inductive Technology has no moving parts, so the lifecycle when compared to the conventional technology is extended from an estimated 2.5 years to over 120 years.
•    These sensors are rated IP67, meaning water ingress issues that cause most of the failures on existing systems are eliminated.
•    Using this new technology allows RCH to calibrate the entire steering system to include command sensors, feedback sensors, limit switches and rudder angle indication sensors in under 30 minutes as opposed to conventional methods which could take anywhere from 4-8 hours. In fact, once the limits are set, the total calibration time is under one minute.  This advancement also allows from quick on the spot adjustments of zero rudder and dead band changes with the push of a button.
•    Rio Controls & Hydraulics has also designed the system to reduce cabling and hookup cost. Quick connect features that utilize plugs for each run from the feedback units and the hydraulic power units eliminates up to 62 hookup points and three junction boxes. The simple system design also provides for up to a 40% reduction in shipyard supplied cable.

Rio Controls & Hydraulics is supported by parent company Rio Marine with eight locations and over 100+ service personnel providing 24 hour service and parts.

Rio Controls currently has a patent pending on the system design and application for steering systems utilizing this new technology on waterborne vessels.

riomarineinc.com

  • Image: RCH

    Image: RCH

Maritime Reporter February 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Technology

COMPIT to Showcase Smarter Ships, Systems & Solutions

The 14th International Conference on Computer and IT Applications in the Maritime Industries (COMPIT) will take place from 11th to 13th May 2015 in Ulrichshusen, Germany.

China's Maritime Advances Worry US

The Director of U.S. National Intelligence, James Clapper, has expressed his concern at the progress of China in maritime zones it shares with its neighbors, accused

Davie Building LNG-powered Ferries

Canadian shipbuilder Davie held a keel laying ceremony for MV Armand-Imbeau II, marking the beginning of the hull assembly for this first of two sisterships under

Marine Equipment

USCG Free Boat from Ice Near Woods Hole

A Coast Guard crew responded to a fishing vessel trapped in ice in Woods Hole Passage, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, Saturday. At about 3 p.m., the crew of the fishing boat Capt.

COMPIT to Showcase Smarter Ships, Systems & Solutions

The 14th International Conference on Computer and IT Applications in the Maritime Industries (COMPIT) will take place from 11th to 13th May 2015 in Ulrichshusen, Germany.

ClassNK's Structural Rules for Bulkers & Tankers

The Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) has announced the establishment of its “Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carriers and Oil Tanker” (Rules for the Survey and

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Port Authority Salvage Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2839 sec (4 req/sec)