The housing is home to a motor while the transducer mount assembly contains it. A long rod extends out of the housing and is operably coupled to the motor. The motor spins the rod about an axis longitudinal. It is also able to move the rod in a second direction. A controller communicates with the motor, and is designed to control the motor to spin the rod in the first direction and in the second direction. The bracket for mounting boats connects the transducer mount assembly and part of a boat. The bracket that connects the transducer to an elongated rod is referred to as a transducer mount bracket.
The present invention is related to transducers and, specifically, to a motorized rotating mount for a transducer.
Sonar (SOund Navigation and Ranging) is a well-established method of detecting waterborne or underwater objects. Sonar, for instance, can be used to measure depth and bottom topography, detect fish, locate wreckage, and so on. Sonar is the most effective method to locate objects underwater because of its extreme visibility limits. Sonar transducer components (or simply transducers) convert electrical energy into sounds and vibrations that have an exact frequency. Sonarsound beams are transmitted through water and reflected off objects. The transducer takes in the reflected sound (the “sonar return”) and transforms the sound energy into electrical energy. Based on the known speed of sound, it is possible to establish the distance from and/or the locations of waterborne or underwater objects. The sonar return signals can also be processed to be displayed in graphical form on a display device, giving the user a “picture” of the underwaterenvironment. The display and signal processor can be part of a unit known as an “sonar head” which is connected via a wire to the transducer, which is located remotely from the sonar head. Alternatively, the sonar transducer could be an addition to an integratedmarine electronics system offering other features such as GPS or radar, among others.
Mounting transducers can vary depending on the kind of watercraft (e.g. motor or boat) and the type of watercraft to which they are connected. For example, a transducer can be mounted using an transom mount, a mobile mounting, an athru-hull mounting, trolling motor mount or an over-the-side mount, or any other structure or hull mounting options. To alter the direction, the transducer must be manually moved to the direction desired, or the transducer is mounted directly to atrolling motor. But, the direction of the transducer’s motion is directly affected by the direction of the motor, and when the motor turns the transducer may be shifted to a undesirable position.
As you can see, a motorized rotating transducer is needed to mount it.
In one particular aspect of the present invention, a transducer mount comprises the following: a housing with a motor attached to and located within the housing; and an elongated rod extending from the housing, and coupled to the motor, in which the motor is configured to rotate the rod around an axis longitudinal of the rod that is elongated in a first direction and another direction that is opposite to the first direction; a controller in connection with the motor, and configured to control the motor to rotate the rod in the first direction and the second direction as well as a boat mount bracket configured to couple the transducer mount to a part of a boat, and a transducer mount bracket that is designed to join an transducer with the elongated rod.
In another aspect of the present invention the transducer mount assembly includes: a housing with a motor attached to and disposed inside the housing an rod that is elongated and extends from the housing and coupled to the motor, in which the motor is configured to rotate the elongated rod about a longitudinal axis of the elongated rod , in one direction, and in an additional direction that is opposite to the first direction; a control unit in connection with the motor, and configured to control the motor to rotate the rod in both the first direction as well as the second direction as well as a bracket for mounting a boat configured to couple the transducer mount to portion of a vessel; the bracket that mounts the transducer; and a transducer coupled to the elongated rod via the bracket that mounts the transducer.
These and other aspects of the invention, their aspects, and benefits, of the present invention will be more easily understood by referring to the following drawings, description, and claims.
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