(CAMAS, Wash.) — Furuno has introduced the DS85 Doppler speed log, a whole new generation of this vital equipment that penetrates through turbulent water to provide accurate speed measurement. Speed and distance measuring equipment (SDME) is required for SOLAS vessels of 150 gt or more, and the DS85 delivers stability for these ships, capitalizing on Furuno’s decades of expertise to produce reliable speed measurement even in the most challenging of conditions.
Vessels moving through the water create acoustic noise and turbulence which can cause errors with sounding equipment. The high operating frequency and new transducer design of the DS85 help to penetrate through this noise layer, minimizing the effects of turbulence and providing reliability and accuracy. Furuno’s engineers have developed new signal processing algorithms that increase the reliability of the DS85’s performance, further reducing the effects of acoustic interference.
The DS85’s new, brighter color LCD display is attractive and easy to read and includes a fresh analog speed display. Up to three displays can be connected to the system, and power is supplied through the network, making installation of remotely located displays simple. The DS85 also includes a new ball valve transducer installation to ease inspection, cleaning, and repair of the transducer. The new ball valve design is both smaller and lighter than previous models while retaining the Furuno reliability that mariners depend on. Furuno’s new system design also allows for cable runs up to 400 meters, further simplifying installation on very large ships where long cable runs are a necessity. Eight serial outputs plus IEC61162-450 ethernet make connecting the DS85 to radar, ECDIS and other devices easy.
When retrofitting older vessels with the new DS85, some components of the previous DS80 model can be retained, greatly reducing the cost for these types of installations.
The DS85 complies with the latest IMO/IEC standards and is available for delivery now. For more information, contact your Furuno dealer or visit www.FurunoUSA.com.