Twin Disc announces new digital thruster panel


(RACINE, Wis.) — Twin Disc announces its new digital thruster panel. The unit complements the company's EC300 Power Commander electronic propulsion control and Express Joystick System (EJS).

Built of polished stainless steel, the digital thruster panel is engineered rugged for a marine environment, making it ideal for helms, flybridges and docking stations. The ergonomic toggles are sized for easy use. Visually, it matches Twin Disc's full suite of vessel controls with the company's well-known arced base and modern styling. It is available in dual or single versions.

What sets the new panel apart is the reliability and speed of digital connectivity. With fingertip control, owners can effortlessly guide a boat into or away from a crowded dock. It provides proportional hydraulic speed control of bow and/or stern thrusters; the more the toggle is moved, the greater the thrust achieved.

"The performance and response of our new digital thruster panel to the slightest command is instantaneous," said Capt. Marty Mason, Twin Disc manager for marketing and product development. "There's never any hesitation."

Another feature is the hydraulic fluid warning lights. The unit continually monitors the thrusters' oil level and temperature, and will audibly warn of critical variances.

The Digital Thruster Panel interfaces with the EC300 control system to provide additional flexibility to owners of EJS-equipped boats. On a vessel equipped with Twin Disc's optional display panel, thruster commands are shown as easy-to-see bar graphs for quick visual reference.

For nearly 100 years, Twin Disc has made boating more enjoyable. The company manufactures QuickShift marine transmissions, joystick and electronic controls, Express Positioning, Arneson surface drives, Rolla propellers and other quality items.

Contact Twin Disc Inc., 1328 Racine St., Racine, WI 53403;;

By Professional Mariner Staff