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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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Skipper: New Support Tools for Acoustic Products

Photo: Skipper

Skipper released the new support tool for all technicians serving acoustic products. The Skipper ETT985 is a combined echo sounder simulator, transducer tester and NMEA tester, in a single handheld unit. This tool allows the technician to test both the acoustical functions of the Echo Sounder and Transducers. The ETT985 has a built-in rechargeable battery. The simulator will measure the transmitted pulse and replying with either the same pulse or a user defined pulse. In conjunction with the systems data bulletin an integrity test of the Echo Sounder unit can be performed in minutes.

Airmar Unveils New Broadband Transducers

Company’s CHIRP Enabling Transducers Provide High Sensitivity and Bandwidth at an Affordable Price. AIRMAR Technology Corporation has announced the introduction of their new broadband transducers that enable CHIRP technology. Some of the company’s broadband transducers are already supplied as original equipment to industry-leading manufacturers of hydrographic survey sounders and advanced commercial-fishing systems. “Airmar has successfully developed methods for increasing transducer bandwidth with minimal effect on acoustic sensitivity,” stated John Bauchat, Senior Business Development Engineer. “This is a low-cost/high-value performance enhancement to our OEMs who rely on us to help them achieve optimal system performance.

Lowrance TotalScan Debuts Single Transducer Solution

LOWRANCE TOTALSCAN  – THE ALL-IN-ONE FISH- AND STRUCTURE-FINDING TRANSDUCER Photo Lowrance

Lowrance announced today the evolution of convenience and superior performance in fishfinding technologies – the new Lowrance TotalScan all-in-one transducer – combining proven CHIRP sonar capabilities with exclusive high-resolution StructureScan HD and DownScan Imaging technology. With all three sonar technologies in one transducer, anglers receive the benefits of greater fish-target separation and less interference for a more clutter-free display with CHIRP Sonar, plus photo…

Gemeco Launches Re-designed Web Resource

Proper installation of transducers and the corresponding cabling is necessary for efficient operation of today’s marine electronics Courtesy Gemeco

Gemeco Marine Accessories, world-leading experts in the selection, placement and technical support for marine transducers and NMEA networking products, announced today the launch of an all new web-based resource for boaters and dealers on the company website – www.gemeco.com. The newly designed website employs a simple, yet elegant interface allowing intuitive access to vital information about transducers and networking. The comprehensive resource provides access to a digital version of the company’s 585 page catalog…

New Explosion-proof Pressure Transmitter from AST

Photo: American Sensor Technologies, Inc.

American Sensor Technologies, Inc. (AST) released the AST46DS Explosion-Proof Pressure Transducer with Display with pressures from 1 to 20,000 PSI available. The AST46DS is a transducer with zero function capability, voltage or 4-20mA output signals, and all 316L stainless steel sensor materials. The voltage output signal is ideal for oil and gas well site applications, the manufacturer said. With many SCADA / RTU sites powered by solar panels in remote locations, a pressure transducer with low current consumption is ideal to extend life.

Marine Pressure Transducer Model: PX2471

The Model PX2471 Marine Pressure Transducer has been designed to meet the stringent requirements of military standard MIL-T-24742(SH) and when invoked ASTM specification F2070-00. This product is directly interchangeable with other existing pressure transducers designed to MIL-P-24212C(SH) when used with mounting plate assembly A019852. The Model PX2471 marine pressure transducer is a light weight 18 oz (510 gm) transducer, available in pressure ranges from 15 to 10,000 psi. The output is a loop powered 4 to 20 mA (2 wire current) signal.

New HD850 Precision Searchlight Sonar

The new HD850 series from Wesmar was installed aboard the F/V American Triumph. “The Wesmar HD850 is working well, marking fish down 320 fathoms on 1200 meter range,” said Captain Eric of the American Triumph. Captain Sandy also adds, “The Wesmar HD850 is marking extremely well. The new trawlscan mode on the HD 850 shows more fishable area by keeping the sound beam out front. Features of the system include active stabilization, a digital link, and searchlight advantage. The stabilization gyro…

Mansukh Mandavia Inspects Kolkata Port, IWAI Jetty

Mansukh Mandaviya Photo: Official Twitter

Indian Minister of State for Shipping, Mansukh Mandaviya inspected the facilities and ongoing projects at Kolkata Port Trust and GR Jetty of Inland Waterways Authority of India. Mandavia visited Netaji Subhas Dock at Kolkata Port Trust where he stressed upon the need for strengthening the Dry Dock facilities. He also inaugurated the renovated Birsa Munda Sarani and Sonapur Road of the Port, and  participated in the tree plantation activities organised by the Port Authorities. He later flagged off the state-of-the–art Seagoing Survey Launch (River Pearl-1) of KoPT.

WASSP Goes Wireless with New Remote Mapping System

Installed in the tender or support vessel of a super yacht, the WASSP-Wireless system uses a wifi radio link to send a real-time sea floor map back to the vessel.

Award winning multi-beam sonar manufacturer WASSP Ltd. debuted its latest system – now for super yacht applications. WASSP-Wireless has been designed to address superyacht captains’ concerns about underwater obstacle avoidance, hull damage or grounding the vessel. Suited for use when navigating in unknown waters or where marine charts lack sufficient detail, WASSP-Wireless aims to take the risk out of the equation for the captains of these very large and very expensive vessels.

WESMAR Introduces Precision Beam Stabilization

Split Screen, top part forward scan, lower part profile, each with separate adjustments.

Advanced design holds sonar beam steady even in rough seas adding effective distance and increasing search coverage. WESMAR, long the leading U.S. sonar manufacturer has never lost sight of the need for electronic soundbeam stabilization. Today, after four years of intensive design, drawing on the company’s five decades of sonar leadership, President Bruce H. Blakey announced the introduction of a new sonar, the HD860 series, with Precision Beam Stabilization. “The value of this advancement cannot be overstated,” said Blakey.

OMEGA Introduces Pressure Transducer PX409-USBH

PX409-USBH

Omega introduced its new PX409-USBH series of high speed pressure transducers. This transducer connects directly to your computer and features excellent long term stability, 316L SS wetted parts, 1000/ reading/ second and is ruggedized with secondary containment. The micro-machined silicon design are ideal for pressure or level applications in laboratory, test platforms, or bio/pharmaceutical applications that require a rugged, high accuracy transducer. The PX409 High Speed USBH Series connects directly to your computer.

Industry's First Color Fishfinder by Lowrance

ELITE-3x FRONT

Lowrance, a world-leading brand in marine electronics since 1957 — announced today the newest additions to its Elite family of fishfinder and chartplotter products, the Elite-3x and Elite-3x All Season pack. The most affordable color fishfinder ever introduced, the new Elite-3x includes a dual-frequency 83/200 kHz Broadband SounderTM transducer and features an LED-backlit display with detailed 240x360-pixel resolution that’s easy to see in full sunlight from wide viewing angles.

New Sonar Allows Hydrographic Surveying at Speed

'Seabeam': Image MMT

Sweden's MMT Group has purchased a new Kongsberg EM2040-04 dual TX high resolution multibeam system which has been installed on their survey vessel 'MV Seabeam'. The new EM 2040-04 dual TX model, which consist of two TX-Transmitters and two RX-Receivers is designed for mapping in shallow areas at higher speed and will deliver high resolution, accurate survey data and great range performance (both depth and swath width) at the highest resolution available in the market, claims Kongsberg.

FarSounder Previews its New Navigation Sonars

Image courtesy of FarSounder

The new models will have longer detection ranges, in-water tracking for improved image stability, and chart overlay of sonar targets. Over the past few years, the FarSounder team has been developing the next generation of its navigation sonars. These improvements include both a complete redesign of the Transducer Module electronics and cutting edge sonar signal processing. FarSounder adds that since January 2012, all of the Transducer Modules shipped have had the newest…

Dutch Navy to Get Kongsberg EN 250

After the successful delivery of two Kongsberg hydrographic systems for the HOV vessels, Simrad BV has now received an order for delivery of a Kongsberg EN 250 single beam echo sounder with spare parts and custom developed interface for connecting four 50 kHz transducers with special interfacing to the on-board computer systems. This special interface contains data information and indicate which transducer is connected to the echo sounder system. All over many years has Simrad BV developed special interfacing for several applications inside acoustical systems for the Royal Dutch Navy. The system was delivered October 2003.

New emergency Acoustic BOP Control System from KONGSBERG

New system developed for drilling and production safety in deeper waters. The next generation of Kongsberg Maritime's Emergency Acoustic BOP (BlowOut Preventer) Control System, the ACS500 uses the new proprietary Kongsberg Maritime 'Cymbal' signal processing protocol for optimal data communication at long distances and has a depth rating of 4000m. It is a robust, reliable and user-friendly system designed for use in emergency drilling or production situations, when the primary BOP control system has failed.

Furuno's Multi-Beam Sonar reaches new depths

The multi-beam Sonar takes the highly-desired capability to scan port to starboard under the vessel and adds Furuno’s commercial fisheries spin on it. Image courtesy Furuno

Furuno is proud to announce that it is bringing side-scanning capabilities to its flagship NavNet TZtouch and TZtouch2 MFDs with its latest network sensor called the DFF3D. This multi-beam Sonar takes the highly-desired capability to scan port to starboard under the vessel and adds Furuno’s commercial fisheries spin on it. This deep-water Sonar delivers a sidebar detection range of an unprecedented 650+ feet, while being able to see down to over 1,000 feet. The DFF3D utilizes a new…

Kongsberg Maritime Multibeam Echo Sounder Chosen for Icebreaker

Kongsberg Maritime has been awarded a $3.2m contract to provide an EM 122 1ºx 1º multibeam hydrographic echo sounder and one 3º SBP 120 sub bottom profiler to the University of Stockholm and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. The Knut and Alice Wallenberg foundation have financed the purchase together with the Swedish Research Council. The system is to be installed on the Icebreaker Oden, which is owned and managed by the Swedish Maritime Administration, Norrköping, Sweden. Oden built by Götaverken-Arendal in Gothenburg in 1987 is a 107m icebreaker vessel with 19 crewmembers and a top-speed of 15 knots. The EM 122 12 kHz multibeam echo sounder is designed to perform seabed mapping - bathymetry and seabed imagery - to full ocean depth with an unsurpassed resolution…

European Debuts for Garmin at METS Trade 2016

GPSMAP 722922

Garmin, the global leader in satellite navigation, is set to premiere a range of its new 2017 marine products to the European market, at METS Trade 2016. Experience Garmin’s strengthened marine product portfolio in Amsterdam this year – featuring the compact GPSMAP 722/922 and 1022/1222 series’ and the powerful VHF 110i/210i AIS radios, to mention but a few. With a wide variety of products on show, from GPS mapping devices, to solid-state pulse compression radars, to transducers; the Garmin stand is certainly not one to be missed this year.

OSIL Uses Sontek ADCP

Ocean Scientific International Limited (OSIL) has designed a system for testing deployments by surrounding SonTek’s Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) with its own deployment frame. The ADCP is a 3-axis water current profiler with an intended range of 180 m that uses transducers and electronics designed to reduce side-lobe interference problems. The frame also contains a double failsafe recovery system using two Sonardyne acoustic releases per frame. The first of these systems is scheduled for deployment in the Middle East during the summer of 2009.

Lowrance Debuts High Powered HDS Multifunction Displays

High-performance addition to the HDS series of fishfinders chartplotters Photo Lowrance

Lowrance announced today the release of a high-performance addition to the HDS series of fishfinders/chartplotters – Lowrance HDS Carbon. The new Lowrance HDS Carbon adds a high-performance dual core processor, multi-touch SolarMAX HD screen, dual channel CHIRP and Network Dual Sounder to the proven features that have made HDS multifunction displays the choice of anglers at all levels. The HDS Carbon series includes 12-, 9- and 7-inch models. Anglers in the market for a want-it…

American Sensor Technologies Achieves ATEX Certification

ATEX-Approval-43&46 Series

American Sensor Technologies, Inc. (AST) has achieved ATEX certification of its Explosion Proof Pressure Transmitters for Class I Zone 0 Exd hazardous locations. The added approvals enhance the ability for equipment manufacturers to specify AST pressure transducers as the sensors can now operate in both North America and Europe. AST Explosion Proof Pressure Transducers are commonly used in upstream and offshore applications where safety, reliability and performance are crucial.

Navy Contracts for CACI Technologies & HydroAcoustics

Latest Navy contracts issued by the U.S. CACI Technologies Inc., Chantilly, Va. Awarded a $20,150,158 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-13-C-6322) for professional support services in support of Program Executive Office Littoral Combat Ships. Services include professional services in the areas of: program management and acquisition support, technical and engineering support, business and financial management support and logistics support. Work will be performed in Washington D.C. (89.9 percent); Norfolk, Va. (4.2 percent); San Diego, Calif. (2.2 percent); Panama City, Fla. (1.8 percent); Newport, R.I. (1.3 percent); and Monterey, Calif. (0.6 percent), and is expected to be complete by October 2013. HydroAcoustics Inc., Henrietta, N.Y.

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