Cummins relies on accessories to simplify the life of the shipyard and the yachtsman

Patrick Leroux, in charge of yachting at marine engine manufacturer Cummins

Cummins presented its Cummins Admiral Twin controls and CIJS joystick system at the fall shows. Two innovations guided by a desire for simplicity of installation for the shipyard and ease of use for the yachtsman, explains Patrick Leroux, head of yachting at the marine engine manufacturer.

Cummins Admiral, avoid redundancy with electronic engineers

Cummins now offers a twin-engine monitoring system, Admiral Twin. This is a Plug & Play device, consisting of a Murphy PV780 display, a NMEA 2000 connection to transfer map plotter data and a CAN Bus link (J1939) to the motors. " It is the result of a customer demand for a system that works and is competitive " explains Patrick Leroux, in charge of the yachting sector at the American marine engine manufacturer. " It is a simplified system that saves time in assembly and production at the boat builder's premises. It can be easily installed by personnel who are not always qualified. The first feedback indicates a time saving of 60%. The source of error is close to zero. The principle is to avoid unnecessary redundancy with the controls already proposed by electronic and electrical engineers. We work together by communicating in NMEA 2000. "The solution has already won Bénéteau over for its new Swift Trawler 47. The yachtsman can also find his way around by avoiding having to manage multiple functions on all screens.

CIJS, a flexible joystick solution in shaft line

Cummins continued to improve its joystick control system by integrating a Proportional Management Quick bow thruster. " There is a return of boaters to the tree line. Customers were surprised by the cost of maintaining the pods and their high technicality. After-sales service problems then lead to losses on their holidays. However, boat owners have become accustomed to manoeuvring with the joystick. The Cummins Inboard Joystick System or CIJS uses two engines and a bow thruster, plus an optional stern thruster. With the use of the Quick proportional thruster, we have gained in flexibility compared to the on/off system which could have been more abrupt. "says Patrick Leroux. Here again, Cummins is focusing on ease of use and reduced after-sales service.

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