Marine Innovations Focus on Data Sharing
Electronics and electrical equipment manufacturers continue to generate new and innovative products for the marine industry. At this year's IBEX Innovation Awards, a number of these innovation caught the attention of Great Lakes Boating magazine, who sat down with several of our product managers to learn more about the innovative solutions they presented...
One of the interesting new products at IBEX was a self-cutting cable tie from Ancor Marine, part of Power Products LLC. "It makes wiring installations easier, faster and more efficient and requires no tools," said Matt Elsner, group product manager of Power Products. "Of all our new products, this one really resonates because it solves a problem. Let's face it, cutting cable ties is a hassle."
Although boaters might not see the value of this product, many marine electricians will find these nylon ties (which have a 50-pound tensile strength) very useful. A stainless steel razor inside the tie's receiving end plays the key role. After the tie has been pulled to its desired length or tightness, one simply twists the tail and the razor leaves a clean, flush cut without sharp edges. With no tool required, the risk of damaging whatever one is bundling is eliminated, Elsner added. The ties come in 8-, 11-, and 14-inch sizes.
In addition to the self-cutting cable tie, Power Products presented several new products across its seven brands Park-Power, Ancor, Mastervolt, BEP, Marinco, ProMariner and Blue Sea Systems. David Johnson, the company's senior vice president of marine and mobile of the Americas, listed some new electrical devices from Blue Sea Systems, while his colleague, Danny Ascencio Hall, demonstrated how to install them by referring to show installations.
Another product that Power Products offered to solve a problem is the Mini Add-A-Battery Plus that is sold with a BatteryLink Charger and is capable of juicing two batteries at or away from the dock. The Mini Add-A-Battery simplifies switching between the two batteries. For the boater, this product virtually "eliminates the risk of getting stranded with a dead battery," Johnson said.
In practice, two dual USB chargers‹one that fits a 12V charging receptacle‹deliver 4.8 amps of charging power and feature "intelligent device recognition" (which optimizes charging for Apple and non-Apple devices). It can be used with 12V or 24V systems. The Mini OLED (organic light-emitting diode) DC Voltmeter monitors 12V and 24V systems with a bright waterproof daylight-readable screen.