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Watson Industries designs, develops and manufactures precision
instrumentation products for the transportation, telecommunications, oceanographic, scientific research, aerospace as well as many
defense commercial industries.

May Newsletter

Watson Industries will be at booth #3260 at the AUVSI Xponential Convention.
Come check out all of our new products.

We can all say goodbye to winter and hello to spring. We can also say goodbye to our old ADS and VRS-S product configurations and welcome in our new ADS-C232-3AD vertical reference sensor. Customer feedback has included comments about the size and cost of our sensors. Some key benefits of the new sensor include a much smaller footprint, lower cost (as much as 50% in some cases), and analog/digital outputs all combined in a durable case.


ADS with dimsADS-C232-3AD

Introducing the ADS-C232-3AD, Watson Industries newest sensor system! It is much smaller, less expensive and only weighs 2.1 ounces. It is also a fully functional vertical reference system that can serve as a replacement for a Watson VRS in most applications.

The Watson Industries Dual Axis Vertical Reference System is a solid-state gyro package that measures angular displacement and rate, especially where dynamic motion may interfere. Under these conditions, the effects of lateral accelerations severely limit the performance of an ordinary accelerometer or pendulous device.

The Watson Dual Axis Vertical Reference achieves exceptional performance by integrating the output of a vibrating structure gyro to get an estimate of the attitude, which is then compared to accelerometers to find the error. The error is filtered over a long time constant and subtracted from the rate gyro output to correct biases in a closed loop error correction system. This process lets the gyro measure short-term attitude accuracy above the correction loop frequency while the accelerometer serves as the long-term reference.

The ADS can be a functional replacement for mechanical gyros, which are often more expensive, larger, heavier and less reliable than this solid-state sensor. It is especially suited for applications where there is limited bank and elevation such as ships, underwater vehicles, some land vehicles, and certain camera applications.

ADS-C232-3AD features:

  • Solid State, Strap Down System
  • High Accuracy
  • Low Cost, Low Power
  • Rugged, High Reliability
  • Analog and RS-232 Digital Outputs
  • One Year Limited Warranty
  • Engineering Support

Some of the many applications for this sensor include:

  • Stabilization for Ship Controls and Submersibles
  • Stabilized Antenna Platforms
  • Automotive Instrumentation
  • Stabilized Camera

Feel free to call with any application needs or questions. We look forward to working together to help design and manufacture a sensor that meets your specifications.

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The new ADS-C232-3AD Vertical Reference along with all of our products can be customized to meet your specific application needs. Some of our customization options include: packaging, input voltages, signal outputs, digital velocity input, external GPS reference and output formats. Watson Industries is always willing to work with our customers to make sure the sensors meet all of your specifications. We are committed to providing high-quality products and services that meet or exceed our customers’ expectations for performance, delivery and price.


Our website provides suggested sensors for a few of our aerospace, land and ocean applications.

Yacht and Ferry Stabilization

Ocean-going yachts and ferries are susceptible to rolling and pitching with waves. To minimize the effects of wave motions on the passengers and cargo, a sensor is needed that can provide the necessary information to an active stabilization system.Yachts are stabilized primarily to provide additional comfort to the passengers. The main purpose of stabilizing ferries is safety related. The roll angle of the vessel is controlled so that any cargo stored inside will not shift.

These applications require a high quality, reliable vertical reference gyro that can survive for extended periods in a marine environment.

Cable Support Stabilized Camera

At sporting events, getting as close to the action as possible without interfering with the athletes is the goal. Video cameras suspended by cables allow the audience to feel like they are on the field without disturbing the competitors. This application has strong commercial value since a more exciting telecast will draw a larger viewing audience.

For optimal quality, a vertical reference system is required that is stable and capable of holding the camera level even during accelerations and cable oscillations generated by the wind or other causes.

Our VRS line of Vertical References and ADS line of Vertical Referencesare ideal for these applications and many others. They have provided accurate data and reliable performance for customers in these fields for many years.

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.

Solid-State Gyros for all of your application needs.

3035 Melby Street • Eau Claire WI 54703 U.S.A. • Tel: (715) 839-0628 • Fax: (715) 839-8248

www.watson-gyro.com • email: support@watson-gyro.com