Watson April Newsletter

WATSON INDUSTRIES, INC. A Woman-Owned Small Business Watson Industries designs, develops and manufactures precision instrumentation products for the transportation, telecommunications, oceanographic, scientific research, aerospace as well as many defense commercial industries. April Newsletter Spring is finally here!!! You know the old saying, “April showers bring May flowers”. We can start to enjoy the warmer weather and anticipate the new growing season. Watson Industries is also growing. We are adding a new vertical reference sensor to our product line. Read more about this new sensor in the “What’s New” section of this newsletter. Tip of the Month Most Watson Industries gyro products listed on our website are presented with their accompanying manuals and specification sheets. This link will take you right there. Applications Our website provides suggested sensors for a few of our aerospace, land and ocean applications. Marine Communication Satellite Tracking Antenna Stabilization – A ship rolling and pitching in the sea proves to be a difficult dynamic environment. Satellite antennas in such applications require gyro stabilization in order to accurately receive or transmit data. These antennas can only accommodate a small amount of pointing error before being rendered unable to communicate with the satellite. In the past, many types of gyros have been used for this application, with varying degrees of success: e.g. dynamically tuned gyros are very stable, but have reliability problems; fiber optic gyros have been used, but stability in the environment is an issue. Watson Industries manufactures reliable triaxial gyros for use in stabilization systems and that provide accurate performance while operating for extended times in an extreme environment. The ARS-E322-1A/80 provides accurate triaxial rate...

Watson March Newsletter

WATSON INDUSTRIES, INC. A Woman-Owned Small Business Watson Industries designs, develops and manufactures precision instrumentation products for the transportation, telecommunications, oceanographic, scientific research, aerospace as well as many defense commercial industries. March Newsletter Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!! Daylight Saving Time begins, promising our first glimpse of Spring. In Wisconsin this means high temperatures in the 50’s and 60’s. Applications Our website provides suggested sensors for a few of our aerospace, land and ocean applications. Vehicle Crash and Rollover Testing is one of the many applications where our sensors are used. Occupant safety in a vehicle crash is the primary reason for crash testing vehicles. Such testing is an important part of the design validation process for a new vehicle. Since this testing is so expensive, it is important to acquire detailed and highly accurate data for each test. It is also important that the sensors in the vehicle that record the event be rugged enough to provide accurate data throughout the crash. If the sensors are destroyed in a crash, the cost of testing will go up significantly. Do you have unanswered questions or are you unsure of what sensor would work best for your application? You can contact our company at support@watson-gyro.com or call 715-839-0628 to speak with personnel with over 20 years of business experience in gyro system design and manufacturing. What’s New! Check us out on Facebook! “Like” our page and be the first to get the latest updates on all of our sensors. For easy access, our monthly newsletters are now located on the blog section of our website. Coming Soon ADS-C232-3A Update – The...

Watson February Newsletter

WATSON INDUSTRIES, INC. A Woman-Owned Small Business Watson Industries designs, develops and manufactures precision instrumentation products for the transportation, telecommunications, oceanographic, scientific research, aerospace as well as many defense commercial industries. February Newsletter Welcome to February! Happy Valentines and Presidents Day. We would love to design a solid-state gyro package that meets your specific application. Watson Industries takes pride in maintaining and acquiring organizational knowledge. Our founder William Watson ensured that this knowledge was obtained and shared throughout all levels of the organization. Meet our Sr. Engineering Manager – Tom Henke has been acting as the design and product engineer at Watson Industries for 20+ years. He has a BS degree in Electrical Engineering that strengthens Watson Industries efforts in the design and manufacture of solid-state gyro sensors. Current and potential customers can contact Tom (henket@watson-gyro.com) to help determine necessary requirements in the development for all of your anticipated projects. We are working on new products and solutions to help solve existing inertial questions and problems for engineers, scientists and researchers all over the globe. See our website for some of our custom design options. Need help with engineering a stabilization solution? We are here to help. Give us a call (715-839-0628) and our knowledgeable engineering team will gladly assist in solving you problem. What’s New! Watson Industries completed another successful AS9100 Quality Audit. This ensures that we produce only the highest quality products and services that meet or exceed our customers’ expectations for performance and delivery. Want to go wireless? Watson Industries is now offering a Serial to Bluetooth Module (SBM) that can be used with any of...

Watson January Newsletter

WATSON INDUSTRIES, INC. Watson Industries designs, develops and manufactures precision instrumentation products for the transportation, telecommunications, oceanographic, scientific research, aerospace as well as many defense and commercial industries. January Newsletter Welcome to 2017! It’s hard to believe that 2016 has come to an end. Watson Industries hopes you had a wonderful and restful holiday. Are you are ready to conquer the New Year with us? 2016 was a year of transition for Watson Industries. Our founder William Watson passed away. We want to assure you we are continuing to move forward with the same values Mr. Watson established: honesty, respect, sincerity and always taking the time to listen to your needs. We are excited to see what 2017 brings us! What’s New! We are now offering free calibrations for all products that are in their warranty period. Our website (www.watson-gyro.com) has been updated to include easier access to all of our product information. This information includes: Product manuals Product specifications Aerospace, land and ocean applications that include a link to the suggested product solutions. A section for Useful Designs. This is a section that everyone can submit a design and share. Do you still have unanswered questions or are unsure of what sensor would work best for your application? You can contact us at support@watson-gyro.com or call 715-839-0628 to speak with personnel with over 20 years of business experience in gyro system design and manufacturing. Coming Soon ADS-C232-3A – We are redesigning our ADS-C132-1A and ADS-C232-1A vertical reference sensors. The new design will be much smaller (approximately 2.8″L x 1.2″W x 1.2″H) and more durable than the current designs....

Watson Bluetooth Communications Video Tutorial

Watson Industries is now offering wireless communications for most of our digital sensors using Bluetooth technology! For most of our units, it is as simple as attaching the Serial to Bluetooth Module (SBM) to the 9 pin RS-232 serial data port. Contact Watson Industries to see if your sensor is Bluetooth capable! The video tutorial will walk you through the steps necessary to connect to a Watson gyro sensor using Bluetooth and an Android device or a Windows PC. We have also posted a manual for the SBM on our website. If you’re using an Android device, we recommend downloading the BlueTerm App from the Google Play store. This free App has everything you’ll need to communicate to your Watson sensor wirelessly. If you’re using a Windows PC, you can use any sort or terminal software you would like. At our factory, we use our own software called Watson Terminal which is available for download in the software section. You can view the Bluetooth Video Tutorial below, or take a look at our YouTube Channel for more...

Watson Command Mode Video Tutorial

We prepared a video that will help users of digital Watson sensors to activate Command Mode. Activating this mode can be tricky since it involves particular keystrokes and timing. It is one of the most common questions that are asked of our technical support staff. So take a look at the video below. Or better yet, head over to our new YouTube Channel to see what other helpful videos we have...