Working in conjunction with the UK distributor for a large engine manufacturer, the device is now being put into beta testing with distributors in October, and into production immediately thereafter, with a definitive release in time to be showcased at the METS show, following successful tests. The intention is to keep the RRP significantly more cost-effective than any industry comparable product.
The EMU-1 will be designed to simplify the conversion of analogue engine parameters (of temperature, pressure, Tach / RPM etc.) into the corresponding NMEA 2000 engine parameter PGNs. The device has been designed to simplify processes and reduce the number of input/output wires required at each engine. The EMU-1 can handle 6 gauge / parameter inputs (these can be instead of the gauge or in parallel with the gauge), 4 alarm inputs, 2 Tach inputs and 2 additional auxiliary inputs, which are flexible to suit each installation. Most notably, the device will be backwards-compatible with older engines.
Phil Whitehurst, Managing Director of Active Research Limited said, The EMU-1 has been designed with simplicity in mind. This will change the way analogue to NMEA data conversions are done. This product meets the rigorous demands of a marine environment and we are sure that it will become highly sought after in the trade.
The prototype has been widely shown by Actisense distributors throughout the 2012 boat show calendar and is eagerly anticipated by the market. The EMU-1 will be widely available following METS.