A new line of natural gas compatible dashboard gauges and instrument clusters has been introduced by Ametek Vehicular Instruments Systems (VIS).
Among the VIS products offered for natural-gas-fueled vehicles are the Universal Instrument Panel-Basic (UIP-B), Universal Instrument Panel-Message Center (UIP-MC), Universal Instrument Panel-Specialized (UIP-S), Can-Communicator 2-in. Graphic Display, and several customer-specific custom gauges and instrument clusters.
The dashboards are based on Ametek’s Next Generation Instrumentation (NGI) architecture. The gauges and clusters satisfy the requirements for a broad range of natural-gas-fueled vehicles and offer a wide variety of easily customized gauges, telltales and displays, the company said.
The gauges and clusters also can be customized to specific vehicles requirements in minimal time and with no tooling costs. They are part of a fully, digital multiplexed system that can be installed new or retrofit into vehicles.
The instrument clusters feature large, easy-to-read graphics displays that provide real-time data, diagnostics, fault codes, user setup features and maintenance requirements. Optional external NGI gauges can be added, giving the system additional versatility and functionality.
With a high-impact black ABS housing and scratch-resistant clear cover, the UIP clusters are designed to withstand harsh off-road conditions. The panel itself is sealed both front and back to IP67 specifications.
The C-COM 2G display gauges are designed to communicate a myriad of relevant vehicle information such as speed, engine hours, engine oil PSI, engine temperature, battery voltage, turbo boost pressure, transmission oil temperature, and driver alerts. They can provide fuel economy, cruise control and tire pressure or be customized to provide vehicle specific information.
Both UIP panels and C-COM gauges are able to monitor diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) as well as other by-product and exhaust levels. Measuring these levels is crucial to ensuring a vehicle adheres to Tier 4F requirements.