Mechanical Linear Drive by Octopus®. An Octopus Hydraulic Linear Actuator is a simple, effective way to drive the rudder on a boat equipped with a mechanical steering system. The linear actuator is an assembly of an Octopus reversing pump and a marine hydraulic cylinder. This assembly is mounted on the rudder tiller-arm or quadrant. When the autopilot is not in use the cylinder runs freely along with the rudder.
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When the automatic pilot is in use a solenoid valve on the actuator closes and locks the cylinder. Steering signals from the pilot are now fed to the D.C. motor, which drives the pump to move the cylinder back and forth. De-energized, the solenoid valve immediately disconnects the automatic pilot from the rudder. The actuator has a small translucent oil reservoir, making it easy to check fluid levels. These actuators have only five moving parts. Mechanical simplicity gives product reliability and ease of service when compared to complicated gear and screw actuators, making units a favorite for offshore mariners. These actuators are shipped from factory completely filled with oil and require no additional plumbing.
Octopus® is a division of Canada Metal (Pacific) and has been designing, manufacturing and marketing Autopilot Drives for over 20 years. They hold patents on several unique devices that enhance drive performance, and supply drives to most of the marine industry’s leading autopilot manufactures for resale within their autopilot packages. All of them at Octopus are dedicated to customer service and committed to product quality. They look forward to providing you, valued customer, with proof of their dedication and commitment.