Raymarine (UK) has launched the ECI-100 controller. It bridges the gap between engine instrumentation, drive-by-wire propulsion systems, and the company’s network navigation systems.
THE ECI-100 CONTROLLER COLLECTS AND CONNECTS engine information to give the user simple and immediate access to engine performance data, fuel consumption and alarms via a customizable information screens on the supplier's multifunction displays (MFDs). The product integrates with the company's EV-2 drive-by-wire autopilot system. It is fitted with a DeviceNet port, which connects directly into the NMEA2000 or J1939 engine network used by major marine engine manufacturers. The control unit then connects to any NMEA2000 network backbone using the supplier's SeaTalkng cabling system. Each data port on the introduced product is independently powered and isolated.
The product is suitable for virtually any size boat. Large vessels with extended networks can access engine information and enjoy autopilot control from any display on the network. A space-limited vessel can access that same vital engine data alongside radar, sonar, and navigation technologies via a single touch screen display. The British company is committed to delivering seamless integration with leading marine engines. At launch, the controller is compatible with Volvo Penta, Yamaha Marine Command Link Plus, Caterpillar and Yanmar Marine engines. Additionally, it provides autopilot functionality for Volvo Penta IPS and Yamaha Helm Master propulsion systems.
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