How potentiometers are used in marine steering systems

A Potentiometer “Pot” is a variable resistor that is used to produce an analog (Variable) signal to a processor or control mechanism. It can be used as a command device or a feedback device. In this explanation, we will use a ship’s electro-hydraulic steering system as an example. In the wheelhouse, there is either a lever or a wheel that houses a Potentiometer. This is what we will refer to as Command signal. In the ship’s steering compartment where the mechanical steering system is located, we have a device that detects the rudder’s exact position in degree angle at...

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