Magnet sensors for Anchor, Rudder, and Hatch position detection
Conventional and recreational sailing craft derive power from sails, and the sailor adjusts the alignment of each sail, rudder or keel positions with respect to the apparent wind direction. When the boat starts turning and changing speed, the sailors check the compass and straighten the rudders and sail positions.
In more advanced sail boats and yachts, the central micro processor system which handles the navigation decides the rudder and keel positions based on the course that is set by adjusting the motorized rudder. To ensure that the rudder position requested and the actual movement that has been made by the rudder controller, a feedback system is required. For this, Multiple Magnet Sensors are used with a with a magnet mounted on the rudder mechanism. Simpler feedback systems such as the requirement to check whether the anchor has been deployed fully or whether a hatch has been left open are also easily checked with a combination of Magnet Sensors and corresponding actuating Magnet.
Applications are classified as Position Sensing, Pulse Counting, Electromagnetic or Relay, Temperature Sensing or Magnet Biasing types. This application is classified as follows and the link gives more information on best practices to help select the most suitable AT band and matching magnet.
The Reed Switches and Sensors used in such applications need to be robust, durable and efficient in meeting a high life expectancy. Our engineers work hard in life testing our products under various conditions, and our intention is to ensure end product durability and life. Although we wouldn’t want to restrict any of our products for use in only certain applications, the recommended products for use in this application are listed below.
MS-108 Standard Size PCB Mountable Reed Sensor
|Omni polar, normally open (NO), epoxy encapsulated, 17.7 mm PCB mountable pin pitch, capable...Continue reading|
MS-228, M8 Threaded Cylindrical Sensor
|Omin polar, 0.75 mm pitch M8 thread. Rugged body and high wall thickness of...Continue reading|