Electronics manufacturer Simrad offers a wide selection of catch monitoring sensors, with each catch sensor transmitting data from the fishing gear back to the catching vessel’s wheelhouse.
According to the company, putting together an efficient and cost-effective package of sensor can present a challenge.
Simrad is offering its PX InSight to help take some of the mystery out of sensor selection. A 3D presentation and an intuitive user interface aids users in selecting the right sensors for either single or twin-rig trawl setups to provide the crucial information the skipper needs on how the trawls are performing.
‘The key phrase here is measurements. Since most of the catch sensors can make several measurements simultaneously, the assistance provided by the PX InSight programme helps you to avoid unnecessary purchases,’ a Simrad spokesman commented.
‘As an example, a single trawl is rigged with sensors to measure door spread and catch. The sensor on the headline is a PX TrawlEye providing an echogram of the trawl opening. The sensor of the cod end is a PX MultiCatch providing the catch measurement.’
‘When you use the PX InSight programme, simply choose single or double trawl, select either the SR15/SR70 or PI50 receiver, adjust the maximum measure count for the sensor types, and then add measurements.’
With all the measurements added, the user can select Generate Layout to create a 3D rendering of the chosen trawl with all the required sensors in their correct locations.
Output functionality includes the image to BMP or PDF formats, as well as the complete list of sensors – with order numbers – in Excel format.