Simrad | AP50 | Advanced navigation system - easy to operate

Advanced navigation system - easy to operate
AUTO mode button
System on/off button
Rotary course
selector
Information
display
NAV mode button
Work parameters
button
Course adjust
in 1,5° or 10°
increments to
starboard and
thrustercontrol
Toggle through
8 info displays
AP51 Remote Control
The AP51 portable remote control may
simply be plugged in to the network
and it is ready to use. The AP51 will
provide total portable control over
the autopilot system including
direct thruster control.
Course adjust in 1,5° or Dodge button???
10° increments to port
and thrustercontrol
AP50 Junction Unit
The new J50 junction unit is the central element in the
AP50 autopilot system. It contains the steering computer,
interface circuits to all system components and drive circuits.
Two models, J50 and J50-40 are available depending on the
current output needed. A network has been developed to
establish reliable high speed digital
communication and power
distribution between the units
in the system. This network
simplifies installation and
enables the AP50 system to
be easily expanded at any time.
The autopilot
system is
Wheelmark
approved (IMO)
In AP50 each mode has a user set-up menu with adjustable settings.
You can easily reach the set-up menu, by a second press on the mode button,
for the mode you are in. Step through the menu with the Port and Stbd
buttons, using the course knob to change a value.
The AP50 control unit is more than just an
autopilot display, scroll though INFO displays
showing Speed, course, depth, wind direction,
navigational highway, GPS information, graphical
compass, rudder angle indicator and bow-thruster
performance indicator.
Technical Specifications
25 mm (1”)
104 mm (4.1”)
30 mm (1.2”)
38.3 mm (1.5”)
287 mm (11.3”)
66.3 mm (2.6”)
AP50 Autopilot System
AP50 Autopilot
Junction Units
Boat size and type: Up to 200 feet, power
Steering system types: Hydraulic, mechanical, solenoids
Inter-unit connection: RobNet network
or two-wire supply/data
System ON/OFF: From control units/master unit
Supply voltage: 10-40 VDC
Power consumption: Dependent on system
configuration (See 1.4 Junction Unit)
EMC protection: EN60945: 1996-11
Performance: IMO MSC(64)67, ISO 11674:2000(E)
Rate of turn: Within ±10% of preset
value or 3°/min. (Ref. ISO 11674: 4.3.7)
Heading indication error: <0.5° (Ref. ISO 11674: 4.3.5)
Heading stability: Within ±1° (Ref. ISO 11674: 4.3.13)
Automatic Steering control:
Rudder Drive: Proportional pump or solenoid on/off
Parameter selection: Automatic with manual override
Sea state control: Adaptive sea state filter
Language selection: English, German, French,
Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian.
Electronic Interface:
Navigation interface: Standard (NMEA 0183)
NMEA input/output ports: Max. 6
(see Junction units and NI300X specifications)
Refer to NMEA Sentences table page 64 for data.
Heading output: Anritsu and Furuno radar
display (clock/data)
Heading sensors: Gyrocompass, Fluxgate
compass, Magnetic compass, NMEA Compasses,
Transmitting Heading Device (THD)
Course selection: Rotary course knob and buttons
Alarms: Audible and visual, external optional
Compass difference, off heading, system failures,
overload
Steering modes: STANDBY, Non-follow-up,
Follow-up,AUTO,AUTO-WORK, NAV, NAV-WORK
Special turn modes: DODGE, U-Turn,
o
C-Turn (5-360 /min.)
System selector autopilot/main
steering system: Potential free contact
Dimensions: See drawing above
Weight: 0.9 kg (2.0 lbs.)
Material: Epoxy coated aluminum
Supply: 10-40 VDC via RobNet
Power consumption: 3 W
Environmental Protection:
IP56 (when panel-mounted)
Safe distance to compass: 0.35 m (1.0 ft.)
Color: Black
Temperature:
Operating: –25 to +55°C (–13 to +130°F)
Storage: –30 to +80°C (–22 to +176°F)
Display:
Type: Backlit LCD matrix
Resolution: 160 x 128 pixels
Illumination: Adjustable in 10 grades
Mounting: Panel mount or bracket mount
(optional)
Cable: RobNet cable 15 m (49 ft.)
with one male connector
Dimensions: See drawing above
Weight:
J50
1.3 kg (2.9 lbs.)
J50-40
2.8 kg (6.2 lbs.)
Material: Anodized aluminum and black ABS cover
Supply voltage: 12-32 VDC –10%/+30%
Reverse voltage protection: Yes (not J50-40)
Environmental Protection: IP22
Power consumption: 5 Watt (electronics only)
Clutch/bypass load: Max 1,5 Amps
Motor/solenoid drive: J50: 10 A continuous,
20 A for 5 seconds
J50-40: 20 A continuous, 40 A for 5 seconds
Vbat output: 1.5 A (automatic fused)
Safe distance to compass: 0.5 m (1.6 ft.)
Material: Anodized aluminum and black ABS cover
Temperature range:
Operation: –20 to +55°C (–13 to +130°F)
Storage: –30 to +80°C (–22 to +176°F)
Heading Sensor input: Composite pulse
width modulated
Rudder feedback input: Frequency signal,
3400 Hz, 20 Hz/degree
Rudder feedback units: RF300S or RF45X
NMEA input/output ports: Two
External Alarm: Open collector 0.5A
Mounting: Bulkhead-mount
System selector Autopilot/Main steering system
Potential free contact
Heading output: Anritsu and Furuno
radar display (clock/data)
A L W A Y S
A T
T H E
AP51 Handheld Autopilot
Dimensions: See drawing above
Weight: 0.57 kg (1.25 lbs.)
Material: PC-ABS
Supply: 10-40 VDC via RobNet
Power consumption: 3 W
Environmental Protection: IP56
Safe distance to compass: 0.35 m (1.0 ft.)
Color: Black
Temperature:
Operating: –25 to +55°C (–13 to +130°F)
Storage: –30 to +80°C (–22 to +176°F)
Display:
Type: Backlit LCD matrix
Resolution: 80 x 32 pixels
Illumination: Adjustable in 10 grades
Mounting: Handheld or placed in a fixed,
bracket-mount
Cable: 7m (23 ft.) RobNet cable with air tube
F O R E F R O N T
O F
T E C H N O L O G Y
Specifications subject to change without notice
SIMRAD MARKETING 5.000 06.02
252 mm (9.9”)
80 mm (3.2”)
203 mm (8”)
152 mm (6.0”)
144 mm (5.7”)
231 mm (9.1”)
37 mm (1.5”)
AUTOPILOT
Simrad AP50
Photo:Norwegian Seafood Export Council
New multifunctional autopilot
- for professional use
A L W A Y S
A T
T H E
F O R E F R O N T
O F
T E C H N O L O G Y
SIMRAD
AP50
SYSTEM
Simrad AP50 Autopilot System
The AP50 is made and tested according to the European Marine
Equipment Directive 96/98, complying with the highest level of tests
existing for non-military marine electronic navigation equipment.
The AP50 autopilot from Simrad
represents a step forward in autopilot technology, providing fishing
boats, work boats and yachts with
a range of new features.
The system can be expanded with
a large selection of typeapproved
options and accessories.
steering, using the least amount
of rudder movements necessary.
Save fuel and wear on the steeringgear with the Automatic Sea state
Filter, Automatic rudder offset,
Adaptive speed response, Second
compass for course monitoring
and Adaptive pump speed.
Intelligent steering
The steering performance in the
AP50 sets the industry standard.
The new steering algorithms in the
AP50 is the result of over 50 years
of steering experience The special
Auto-Heading feature is based on
experience from the very demanding off-shore market.
The AP50 will provide precise
Work modes
Simrad’s WORK mode has been
taken to the next level in the AP50
autopilot. The Auto-Work mode is
an automatic steering mode to be
used under operational conditions,
different from those normally
found when a vessel is in normal
transit on a pre-set course.
U
C
Popular Simrad features like U-turn and
C-turn (continuous turn) which have been
copied by other autopilot manufactures are
naturally included in the AP50.
Examples are trawling, towing,
being towed, trolling on one engine,
slow speed etc. As GPS/chart
plotters and Electronic Charting
Systems (ECS) has become standard equipment on most vessels
today, this WORK feature has now
been implemented in the AP50
navigation mode resulting in a
Nav-Work mode. Combined with
a bow-thruster, navigational steering is now possible at low speeds
earlier considered unsuitable for
autopilot use.
Ideal when towing, hauling the
trawl or purse seining. You´ll
have an extra crew member with
the Simrad AP50 autopilot.
Multifunctional navigation...
Thruster steering
If the vessel is equipped with
a bow/tunnel thruster, it can be
connected to the AP50 system.
AutoWork display with Gyro and
Thruster information.
This opens the possibility for
Auto-heading for smaller boats
not capable of interfacing to previous ship heading control systems
on the market. A thruster icon
below the mode index indicates
that a thruster is connected to the
system. Now you can select one
of three control functions from
the user Set-up menu:
a. Rudder only.
b.Thruster only.
c. Rudder and Thruster.
With the AP50 system you will
expand the use of your thruster.
This makes it possible to hold the
vessel at one heading even with no
steerage way. Making it possible to
trawl, tow, troll on one engine, or
steer the boat straight in strong
current at low speeds. Even as
backup if there is a failure with the
rudder. With the new Nav-Work
mode all this is also possible while
navigating a route, preventing
drift. The AP50 may be set to activate the thruster automatically
when the vessel reaches a certain
user defined speed, and de-activate
when speed is too high.
Steering modes
The new AP50 system has two
"power steering" modes. FollowUp (FU) and Non Follow-Up
(NFU). These are used to take
advantage of the AP50 as a steering system. The course knob may
be used to set rudder commands.
In the NFU mode the rudder will
move as long as either the (PORT)
or (STBD) button is pressed or a
steering lever is used. The actual
rudder angle is shown on the
AP50 and AP51 displays, and
a small arrow indicates that the
rudder is moving.
Route navigation
With a chartplotter simple
navigation along a route can be
performed automatically. Course
changes at each waypoint need
to be acknowledged before the
turn is made. Heading changes
o
of less than 10 do not need to be
acknowledged.
The AP50 with steer to WP´s when
interfaced to a chartplotter.
Navigation display with GPS position
information and Gyro.
Navigation with the AP50
The AP50 has the capability to
use steering information from an
external navigator like a GPS
Chartplotter or a more advanced
Electronic Chart System (ECS).
Since Simrad carries a wide range
of products in both these categories
the AP50 has been designed to
operate with both. The steering
and speed information received
from the external navigator alters
the set course to direct the AP50
to one specific waypoint location
or through a series of waypoints.
The AP50 is capable of navigating
with a resolution of 1/1000 of a
nautical mile (1.8m/5.9ft.)
Simrad AP50 is a perfect steering tool for a wide range of commercial vessels.
Electronic Chart System
In an advanced Chart System i.e.
the Simrad CS55 a route consists
of a series of waypoints joined
together with straight legs. Each
waypoint in a route, except the
first and the last, has an associated
turn radius (size of turn in Nm)
defined. This turn radius will
allow the ship to turn before the
actual waypoint is reached. This is
done so the AP50 accurately will
follow a route in which the radius
of the course change is pre-set in
the chart system so the helmsman
will know exactly were the vessel
is going in the chart.
With an ECS the AP50 will steer
seamlesly along the route.
Optional equipment - covers all applications...
AP51 Remote Control
Remote controls
A series of optional type-approved
remotes and interface units are
available for the AP50 system.
The AP51 portable control unit has
a large LCD display for displaying
autopilot and thruster functions.
It comes standard with a 7 m
(23 ft.) cable and can be used as a
handheld remote control or it may
be mounted in a fixed bracketmount i.e. in the armrest.
Follow-Up-Steering
The FU50 Follow-Up steering
lever features a scale with 5o
rudder angle markings. The
rudder will move and stop at
the angle selected on the dial.
The FU50 has a mid-position
indent, buttons for mode selection,
mode indicators and thruster
control.
HS50 GPS Compass
The HS50 is a north seeking GPS
compass outputting true heading
with no moving parts, the requirement for service dramatically.
Position, speed and rate of turn
information are extras that you get
with this product. This product
replaces several vessel instruments, such as gyrocompass, GPS
navigator and speed log with one
compact navigation package. In
addition the HS50 provides added
position redundancy with to two
complete GPS receivers.
FU50 Follow-Up
Stearing Lever
Stream lined designed HS50 antenna.
AP51 display with Auto Work mode
and gyro information.
RI35 Rudder Indicator
RFC35R Rate Compass
Large HS50 heading display.
R3000X Remote Control
S35 Stearing Gear
S100 Stearing Gear
The AP50/51 system
is ideal for tugboats
CONTROL UNIT
FLUXGATE
COMPASS
RUDDER
FEEDBACK
Basic Configuration
JUNCTION
UNIT
REVERSABLE
PUMP
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