New VDO Marine Engine Box Supports 4 Resistive Inputs (Configurable 0-400 Ohm), 2 Voltage Inputs (Configurable 0-5V) and 1 Frequency Input

Press Release Summary:

  • Features a front mounted LED to indicate operation status and also a locking, waterproof harness
  • Operating temperature ranging from -13 °F to 158 °F and tested against salt spray, vibration, water intrusion and electromagnetic interference
  • NMEA certified, compliant to ISO 8846:1990 standards and approved for engine room installation

Original Press Release:

The VDO Marine Engine Box Converts Analog or J1939 to NMEA 2000 Data

  • Available in single or dual engine input, rated to ISO 8846:1990 standards

Allentown, PA, March 25, 2019. Continental Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket, supplier of VDO OE-engineered instrumentation and accessories for the marine market, offers the VDO Marine Engine Box, an analog/J1939 to NMEA 2000 Gateway that can be used as a stand-alone device on a NMEA 2000 network or an expansion unit for the VDO Nav Box. It is NMEA certified, compliant to ISO 8846:1990 standards, and approved for engine room installation.

Available in two configurations for either single or dual engine capability, each version supports four resistive inputs (configurable 0-400Ω ohm), two voltage inputs (configurable 0-5V), one frequency input for tachometer signal per engine, plus a total of two capacitive inputs (configurable 4-20mA) for water tanks. The VDO Marine Engine Box features a front mounted LED to indicate operation status and features a locking, waterproof harness. It is IPX9x-f rated, features an operating temperature from -13 °F to 158 °F, and has been tested against salt spray, vibration, water intrusion, and electromagnetic interference.

The VDO Marine Engine box is setup via the free VDO Configuration software tool, which contains VDO and popular non-VDO sensor curve information that is selected via dropdown boxes, eliminating the need for sensor calibration and simplifying overall setup. It also features a sensor read function for use when the sensor type is unknown and a manual input feature for uncommon sensors.

VDO Marine products, supplied by Continental, have long been the industry’s choice for rugged and dependable performance, elegant design, and leading-edge technology. As with our best-in-class VDO automotive and industrial instrumentation, Continental works to deliver the innovation, functionality, and durability in every product we offer, not only in the marine industry, but also in the automotive, commercial, power sports, and custom vehicle markets.

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Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. Founded in 1871, the technology company offers safe, efficient, intelligent, and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic, and transportation. In 2018, Continental generated preliminary sales of around €44.4 billion and currently employs around 243,000 people in 60 countries and markets.

Information management in and beyond the vehicle is at the very heart of the Interior division. The product portfolio for different types of vehicles includes: instrument clusters, multifunctional and head-up displays, control units, access control and tire-information systems, radios, infotainment systems, input devices, control panels, climate control units, software, cockpits as well as services and solutions for telematics and Intelligent Transportation Systems. The Interior division employs more than 46,000 people worldwide and generated sales of €9.3 billion in 2017.

Within the Interior Division the Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket Business Unit accommodates the specific requirements of the commercial vehicle, special vehicle and aftermarket sector. A global network of sales and service companies ensures proximity to local customers. Covering the product brands Continental, VDO, ATE, Galfer and Barum the Business Unit offers web based managed services, fleet management and tachograph solutions electronic products, systems and services for commercial and special vehicles, a broad selection of products for specialized workshops and spare parts for the Independent Aftermarket and the Original Equipment Services after end of series production of the vehicle manufacturer.

Contact for journalists:

Anouré V. Fenstermaker

Marketing Communications Manager


Interior / Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket

6755 Snowdrift Road, Allentown, PA 18106

Tel: (484) 705-1909, Fax: (610) 289-1766


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