ScanMate 6 is the modern equipment on most trawlers that do not use Trawl Eye or who do not see the need for expansion beyond six sensors in the near future. Unlike the traditional systems that ScanMate 6 replaces – Rx-400, 600 and 4000 – the system now has graphical presentation of the trawl.
But ScanMate 6 is much more than just a replacement for the old systems. First, ScanMate 6 is designed around new receiver technology that provides significantly improved signal reception, especially at great depths and in difficult weather conditions. All the boats that have receiver issues due to propeller noise or other aspects associated with the vessel will see major changes with the new system. Automatic hydrophone selection, the process by which the receiver listens on both hydrophones simultaneously and automatically selects the signal to noise ratio that is better, is a vast improvement.
In particular, the combination of new receiver technology and automatic hydrophone selection is a big step forward for seiners.
ScanMate 6 replaces the previous 4000 -, 600 - and RX-400-systems. First and foremost there is improvement in the receiver, both in terms of signal reception and treatment of the hydro-acoustic signals. Yet there is also improvement with regard to processing of data for presentation on the displays and logging of data for subsequent presentation of historical events.
Second, ScanMate 6 is a system that can gradually be upgraded to a more advanced system, such as ScanBas or ScanScreen, when the need arises.
A complete ScanMate 6 system consists of bridge equipment, two hydrophones, up to six sensors, and chargers. For those who require the use of more than six sensors, a ScanBas system without Trawl Eye receiver is an option.
Third, the displays are 19” flat panel color monitors. Since readability is very good, there are usually more opportunities for where the displays can be placed. The control unit is mounted separately so that the ScanMate 6 can be operated from the Captain’s chair even if the cabinet is mounted a bit further away. The system can also be operated by wireless remote control..