It is called Integra EPS (which stands for Electronic Power Steering), the new electro-hydraulic steering system developed by Ultraflex that is ideal for large outboard engines (which, in fact, are the ones that have been “booming” in the market in recent years).
We had Giorgio Avigdor, product manager at Ultraflex, tell us about it on video.
INTEGRA – HOW THE NEW ELECTRO-HYDRAULIC SUPERTIMING WORKS
The system consists of a compact electronic wheel house (located under the steering wheel), from which two electric cables connect to a control unit that transforms the signal from electrical to electro-hydraulic, transmitting it via oil hoses to the hydraulic pistons that in turn move the motors. It is a modular solution, which can work with single, double, triple and quad outboard motors.
The advantage is significant: only two electrical cables, not hydraulic hoses, run from the wheelhouse dashboard to the control unit (which is usually installed aft near the engines). Forget about oil running around the boat, to be purged, to be checked, mechanical transmission systems, clutter and space.
Since Integra is an electronic system, equipped with an NMEA 2000 interface, it can be easily integrated via can-BUS to on-board instrumentation and autopilot.