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Veratron Engine Box

By Ariel Marquez

Some Information – Wait a minute who is Veratron? They were the company that did all the development and production for VDO Marine. They originated from VDO Marine Instruments and are now known as Veratron. We have been personally talking to the President of the company and the engineers. We feel confident about selling the EngineBox to our customers. 

Refitting Analog systems to Digital – What happens with most of these installs is the lack of information provided by the customer. Knowing general information such as knowing the Max pressure reported by your gauges, the signal for the tachometer, the system voltage, how many engines, Temperature ranges, sender thread sizes, and liquid levels Ohms. The system runs mostly on resistive senders but we do have inputs for Pressure ranging in the 4-20ma to 0-5V range. To use this box a NMEA2000 backbone is required. To learn more about NMEA2000 visit this link

People sometimes overthink how simple the install really is. – The truth is you’re reducing the overall wiring of your system and minimizing certain failure points. Even though we understand that we have a vintage crowd at times and they prefer everything mechanical. Mechanical is the only way you can keep moving around even if your electronics are down and still be to monitor your engines. With that said Electronics have gone far beyond in capabilities compared to what traditional gauges were limited to doing. If you know how to wire a gauge. You can in theory wire this system.

Programming is available to end users now. You will require a Kvaser Leaf Light V2 M12. You can download the software here. A working NMEA2000 bus is required, with stable 12 volts to the bus, and make sure it’s stable! You don’t want to brick your costly devices.

More about the EngineBox – The EngineBox has a NMEA2000® and a J1939 CAN port. The EngineBox can also be used on older, completely analog engines, thanks to the analog input ports provided and designed for RPM data, resistive sensors and capacitive sensors. The EngineBox is available in 2 versions: Single Engine and Dual Engine. The Dual Engine version is designed with doubled frequency and resistive inputs. It allows for a simplified installation wiring within minimized required installation space, therefore reducing the commissioning time. The EngineBox has to be set up using an intuitive PC configuration tool making it easy for programming the inputs (delivered free of charge). Thanks to the ISO 8846:1990 compliance, the EngineBox is also designed to be installed in engine compartments.

• Analog to NMEA 2000® gateway
• J1939 to NMEA 2000® gateway
• 2 Models for single engine and dual engine configurations
• Compact design
• Status LED
• Operating temperature range -40 °C / +85 °C
• 1x J1939 (2x J1939 Dual Engine)
• 1x M12 5 pins NMEA 2000®
• 1x Input 0–4 kHz for RPM (2 inputs with Dual Engine Model)
• 4x Inputs 0 – 400 Ω (up to 8 inputs with Dual Engine Model)
• 2x Inputs 4 – 20 mA
• 1x Input 0 – 5 V (2 inputs with Dual Engine Model)

Need more information or perhaps help purchasing? Call 954-522-4885 and ask for Ariel.

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