TruSail chooses Ixthus angle sensors

TruSail is incorporating Ixthus Instrumentation angle sensors in its performance management system Photo: Ixthus Instrumentation TruSail is incorporating Ixthus Instrumentation angle sensors in its performance management system Photo: Ixthus Instrumentation

TruSail has chosen fellow UK company, Ixthus Instrumentation, to supply a micro angle sensor for its performance sailing measurement system.

TruSail makes the eponymous modular wireless sensing telemetry system for racing sailboats which provides real-time measurement and analysis of the forces influencing performance.

As part of the components used in the TruSail system, Ixthus Instrumentation is supplying Euro-CMRK series angle sensors for the rudder and boom position feedback as well as application expertise to help TruSail meet its marine environment and performance specifications.

TruSail’s technical director, Glynn Lloyd, explained more. “Our products need to be light because any additional weight on the boat will potentially slow it down or change the 'feeling' of the boat to the sailor," he said.

"TruSail systems have to work in all weather conditions and because the sailors perform to the limits - with meticulously fine margins between winning and losing - every fraction of a percent in performance really matters."

Extreme durability

Glynn added: "At such extreme limits, high speed capsizing can be frequent so our systems need extreme durability and waterproofing. The Euro-CMRT angle sensors specified by the engineers at Ixthus Instrumentation have proven ideal for these conditions and their miniature design helps keep the TruSail’s size and weight to a minimum."

Measuring 10mm by 15mm and with an M8 threaded mounting and 3.175mm flatted shaft, the Euro-CMRT programmable angle sensor features Hall Effect non-contacting technology in a lightweight IP68 sealed design.

Manufactured by Variohm EuroSensor, Ixthus’s sister company in the Variohm Group, this new product is the latest and smallest model in the company's range of Hall Effect angle sensors which also includes the 18 mm PCD flange mounting Euro-CMRS and the puck-and-magnet design of the Euro-CMRK.

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