Wagner Wins $4.5-Million Contract For Steering And Control Systems

—Literature Available Wagner Engineering Ltd. of North Vancouver, B.C., Canada, has announced that it has been selected by Saint John Shipbuilding Limited to supply the steering systems as well as integrated steering control systems for six patrol frigates being built for the Canadian Navy. The $4.5-million contract will provide 73 man-years of employment throughout throughout the duration of the project. The Canadian content of the equipment will be more than 90 percent. A Wagner 100-ton/meter rotary vane actuator, powered by two 100- hp, electric-motor-driven pumping sets, will operate the rudder through 35 degrees. Two Model TA220 pumping sets will include Model MHO valve assemblies to provide modulated proportional control for high rudder positional accuracy. The valve assemblies will also provide an interface for the electric steering and autopilot.

A dual steering control system will include an adaptive feature in the autopilot as well as automatic fail-safe circuitry to permit instantaneous inter-channel switching.

Electric steering controllers and a multiple-station rudder angle indicator system are also part of the package.

All steering and control components are designed and manufactured by Wagner and meet stringent military quality, performance, and environmental standards with respect to severe shock and vibration. Wagner Engineering, represented in more than 60 countries, has been manufacturing marine hydraulic steering gears and associated products for more than 40 years.

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