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Linear sensors used by the Victory Team powerboats. Penny & Giles ‘SENSORS’ Victory The Victory Team powerboats that finished first and second in the UIM Class One World Offshore Championships in 2000 and, with 3 races to go, look set to do the same this year, are equipped with Penny & Giles SLS190 sealed linear sensors to measure vital rudder angles and drive heights. The Victory Team was set up in 1989 by the Government of Dubai to pave the way for professional offshore powerboat racing in the Middle East. Today, after eight years on the competitive world circuit, the team is one of the biggest and best on the racing scene with twelve world titles to its credit, including first and second places in the 2000 UIM Class One World Offshore Championships. Most recently, the team won the Scandinavian Grand Prix to take the 2001 UIM Class One European Championship. Each of the Victory boats competing in the World Championships is built and rigged at the team's fully-equipped workshops on the shores of the Arabian Gulf, where facilities include an engine shop that keeps pace with all major advances in engine technology. Commenting on the application of the Penny & Giles potentiometers, a spokesman for the team says: "We use Sealed Linear Sensors (SLS190s) and Hybrid Linear Potentiometers (HLP190s) to measure rudder angles, drive heights, trim tab angles and centre flap angles. The sensors are used for position monitoring, with data from the units being fed into a data recorder with engine and GPS channels. The engine channels, throttle position etc. are taken from the sensors already used on the engine and the data is collected via the engine management system. Penny & Giles sensors are fitted to both racing boats and the team's spare test boats. Currently, three sensors are used on each boat. SLS190s, because they are water resistant and sealed to IP66, are fitted directly on top of the drives. For remote measuring the HLP range is used, with cable fitted between the drive and the sensor. Asked why the Penny & Giles units were chosen, the spokesman says: "We are always looking for ways to improve our systems and to upgrade. Penny & Giles sensors are specified because they are the best, most accurate and durable available." _______________________________________________ For more information contact:- Penny & Giles Controls Ltd. Tel: +44(0) 1202 409409 E-mail: mike.iles@pgcontrols.com Website: www.pgcontrols.com September 2001
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