Dometic announces the upcoming launch of its Optimus Electric Steering Actuator, an all-electric steering actuator for outboard engines. The product is developed exclusively for use with Dometic’s Optimus Joystick and Electric Power Steering (EPS) systems. Said to be environmentally friendly, it requires no fluid and is manufactured with state-of-the-art mechanical components and sophisticated integrated electronics. The on-demand system has no parasitic draw on the horsepower of the engine.
The product, a recipient of the IBEX Innovation Award, is nominated for a DAME Design Award 2019 at the METSTRADE.
The actuator can be paired with many engine brands including Yamaha, Mercury, Suzuki and Honda. The Optimus Electric Steering Actuator mounts directly onto the motor in place of the existing hydraulic steering cylinder. With its powerful drive train, integrated proprietary position sensors and embedded electronics, it eliminates the need for separately mounted hydraulic actuators currently used in Optimus Joystick and EPS systems. This means no more Pump Control Module, no more hydraulic pump, no more hydraulic hoses, cylinders and fluid, and no more purging the system.
Peter Kruk, President of EMEA, Dometic, says: “I am pleased to see this ground-breaking innovation will soon be available in the European markets. This future proven technology is better for the environment, energy efficient and smart in design. Product leadership through innovation is something we strive for and we see many different applications and business opportunities for growth.”