Raytheon Anschütz Unveils New Standard 22 NX Gyro Compass

March 11, 2020 – Raytheon Anschutz announced the launch of its new Standard 22 NX gyro compass, a modular system that incorporates the latest interface and networking standards. Standard 22 NX continues the proven sensor technology introduced with its predecessor Standard 22, needed to operate accurately and reliably in all environmental conditions.

“The Standard 22 NX gives our customers new interface capabilities that simplify and shorten system integration, installation and commissioning,” said Olav Denker, Product Manager for gyro compasses at Raytheon Anschütz. “This contributes to overall cost efficiency over the lifetime of the system.”

Production of the new gyro compass began last month, with the first delivery planned for March 2020. The Standard 22 NX and its gyrospheres will be available from stock for customers and distributors to ensure the shortest delivery times possible.

The quality of heading information is essential for safe navigation.

In addition to our rigorous approval test standards, Standard 22 NX pre-production units were evaluated for twelve months at the Raytheon Anschütz production facilities in Kiel, Germany and on a ferry in the Baltic Sea. The results reinforce the high reliability of the gyro compass and its robustness under intense use in stressing environmental conditions.

The Standard 22 NX offers greater interface flexibility compared to other gyro compasses on the market. It includes additional NMEA interfaces for the connection of additional heading receivers or for a direct connection of the Bridge Alert Management (BAM), and two Ethernet interfaces in compliance with the latest normative reference IEC61162-450. Standard 22 NX also enables direct connection of rate-of-turn indicators to the compass system, which means that less hardware and less installation time is required compared to conventional systems with rate-of-turn requirements.

The Standard 22 NX integrates with a shipboard webserver to simplify installation. Interfaces are organized by selecting NMEA telegrams, baud and update rates, and configurations can be downloaded and uploaded easily. This new process reduces the configuration time to only a few minutes, setting it apart from other compass systems.

With its advanced interfacing capabilities, the new gyro compass perfectly integrates into the most complex system environments.

Standard 22 NX uses the same gyro compass accessories as Standard 22, including heading distribution units, operator units and repeater compasses. This means that it can be easily integrated into existing Standard 22 and Standard 30 MF systems, and to the redundant CAN-bus with just six wires. CAN-bus is a real time bus and allows a length up to 400 metres, while Ethernet only allows up to 80 metres. This makes the CAN-bus the optimal backbone for a gyro compass system.

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