New Ruggedized Gyro Stabilization Mount Launched

SOMAG AG Jena’s new RSM 50 stabilizes in real-time movements up to ≤±20.0° in the roll and pitch axis of land vehicles as well as angular movements of boats, ships, unmanned surface vessels and autonomous platforms By DA Reporter / 24 Jan 2023

SOMAG AG Jena has announced the launch of the RSM 50, a compact, cost-effective gimbal that offers impressive stabilization and high-quality, reliable data basis. 

With the leap to series 5, SOMAG is aiming to set new standards in the field of gyro stabilization technology for mobile land and water applications.

“The RSM 50 is backed on our 20 years of technical expertise in the development of Gyro Stabilization Mounts and the close exchange with our customers, whose needs are at the forefront of the development process,” said Sebastian Schreiber, CTO at SOMAG. “Thus, the further development of the RSM 400 into the RSM 50 has led to an improvement in all important specification parameters.”

SOMAG’s new electromechanical gimbal is designed to address the stabilization needs of customers who want to significantly improve their data captured off-road or offshore. The Mount stabilizes in real-time movements up to ≤± 20.0° in the roll and pitch axis of land vehicles caused by rough, uneven terrain, as well as angular movements of boats, ships, Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs) and autonomous platforms caused by sea swell. Advanced control algorithms assure a stabilization accuracy that has been improved to ≤0.3° rms for best sensor performance and detailed image capture.

“It is impressive what a giant step forward we have made with the RSM 50,” continued Schreiber. “The Mount offers a higher performance level, better dynamics and 3 times more torque than its predecessor. It can compensate for larger movements with higher angular velocity at the same time as higher lateral accelerations are imposed to the gimbal.”

This enables customers to succeed in their mission to capture crisp data even with increased G-forces. Higher angular velocities result in the Mount being optimally prepared for deployment on fast vehicles or boats.

Stronger motors ensure precise leveling of payloads up to 40 kg. Despite greater performance and increased payload, the gyro stabilizer does not consume more power, with a modified mechanical design ensuring the power consumption is lower than that of the predecessor device. In addition, the RSM 50 comes with an energy-saving mode. This stand-by mode is advantageous for long-term applications where power supply is critical.

Additional features include extended diagnosis possibilities and a failsafe braking system to securely lock the payload during power outage. The new Ethernet communication interface allows for an integration into existing networks as well as the control and monitoring of multiple mounts within a network.

The stabilization platform excels in its weatherproof design that complies with IP class 67. The technology is well suited for demanding outdoor conditions, designed for a broad range of vehicular applications requiring stabilization of motion-sensitive equipment, such as antenna arrays, gravimeters, PTZ cameras, CCTV systems or other camera-based surveillance gear. 

The ruggedized Mount ensures that the sensor always points exactly in the desired direction. With the modified mechanical design of the RSM 50, customers’ requests for an upside-down hanging installation are now fulfilled.

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