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Gill WindSonic M Anemometer

Product code: WSM

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The WindSonic M is a robust ultrasonic wind speed and direction sensor with aluminium alloy construction and optional heating. The robust aluminium alloy housing is hard-anodised to ensure suitability in harsh marine environments, and the optional heating system allows operation down to -40°C. The WindSonic M is compatible with RPR's SpaceLogger data loggers and the WeatherFile Communication Unit (WCU) delivering a complete end to end IoT connected wind speed and direction monitoring solution.

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WindSonic M Anemometer Description

WindSonic M has been designed for harsh marine environments, and the optional heating system allows operation down to -40°C. The sensor complies with all the applicable sections of BS EN 60945 standard for 'exposed equipment'. These include but are not limited to; corrosion (salt mist), vibration, radiated and conducted emissions and water ingress. In addition, the unit has been designed to withstand hail or falling ice to UL 2218 Class 1.

WindSonic M provides a marine-standard NMEA 0183 output, with options for RS232, 422 and 485 outputs also available to ensure compatibility with most systems. A single 9-way connector and three mounting holes for attachment to a 1.75" pipe ensure installation is straightforward. With no moving parts to wear out and no routine calibration required.

WindSonic M sensors come in two variants and are suitable for a wide range of wind monitoring applications, including marine & offshore (ships, data buoys) and land based installations. With a hard anodised aluminium alloy construction and no moving parts, this ultrasonic wind sensor eliminates the need for expensive on-site maintenance, particularly in remote locations where access is difficult.

Gill WindSonic M sensors come in two options:

• WindSonic M Option 1: Transmits using RS422/RS485/NMEA communication standards. Compatible with RPR's SpaceLogger data loggers and the WeatherFile Communication Unit (WCU) for distances over 20 metres. For use where there may be heavy duty electrical equipment in operation in the vicinity. Available with and without heating.
• WindSonic M Option 2: Transmits using RS232 or RS422/RS485/NMEA and analogue outputs, used when an analogue output is specifically required. Note if used with our WS15A display output must be set to RS422/485. Analogue output type may be selected from 0-5V, 0-20mA or 4-20mA. Available with and without heating.

Configuring the WindSonic Sensor:

WindSonic sensors can be configured using the free software provided to select the output rate and units of measurement that suit the application. WindSonic automatically transmits an anemometer status code with each output to indicate its operating status. This ensures accuracy and reliability.

To change the setting of a WindSonic sensor from the default factory settings, it is possible to communicate with the sensor direct from a PC using HyperTerminal (or similar terminal emulation package). Use the WindSonic RS232 Configuration Cable for easy connection to a PC and power supply.

Applications

• Harsh environment and remote wind monitoring stations
• Road & rail tunnels
• Building controls
• Environmental field sites
• Data buoys
• Ports & harbours
• Marine vessels
• UAV's
• Mobile weather monitoring vehicles
• Small airports & helipads
• Coastal weather monitoring stations
• Yacht clubs
• Golf courses
• Tower crane operation
• Health and safety
• Educational
• Wind turbine, renewable energy

Features

• Wind speed & direction sensor
• Compatible with SpaceLogger data loggers
• WeatherFile cloud solution ready
• -40°C Operation (with optional heating)
• Impact Resistance to UL2218 Class 1
• Vibration to BS EN 60945 : 2002 standards
• Hard Anodised Aluminium Alloy Construction
• Units of measure: m/s (default), knots, km/h, mph, ft/min, degrees
• Excellent accuracy: Speed ±2% @12m/s, Direction ±3° @12m/s
• Wide wind speed range: 0 to 60 m/s (116knots, 134 mph)
• True 0-360° operation with no dead band
• Wide operational temperature range: -40°C to +70°C (with heating), -35°C to +70°C (without heating)
• Low start up speed (0.01 m/s)
• Fast start-up
• No moving parts
• IP66 BS EN 60529 : 1992, robust, high strength construction
• Solid-state, no need for on-site calibration or maintenance
• 24 months warranty
• NMEA output
• Optional analogue output

Physical Dimensions 142mm diameter x 160mm
Weight 0.9 kg
Mounting Pipe mounting 1.75 in (44.45mm) diameter
Material Al. Alloy 6061 T6 with hard anodised finish
Performance Wind speed Range 0 to 60 m/s (116 knots, 134 mph)
Accuracy ±2 % @ 12m/s
Resolution 0.01 m/s (0.02 knots)
Threshold 0.01 m/s
Response time 0.25 sec
Wind direction Range 0 to 359° (no dead band)
Accuracy ±3° @12 m/s
Resolution
Response time 0.25 sec
Outputs Options RS232
RS422/RS485
NMEA 0183
Output rate 0.25, 0.5, 1, 2 or 4 outputs per second (Hz)
Parameters output Polar wind speed and direction or U & V Vectors, anemometer status
Units knots m/s, km/h, mph, ft/min
Serial output format Polar (speed and direction)
UV (2 axis, signed speed) or
Marine NMEA 0183 v3 sentence MWV
Serial output baud rate 2400, 4800, 9600, 19200 or 38400
  click on the Overview tab for details of the default serial output
Power Power requirements Anemometer 5 to 30 V dc (5.5mA @ 12V)
Heating (optional) 24 V ac/dc (3.5A @ 24V)
  Please consult the technical manual for optimum heating supply voltage
Start up time <5 seconds
Environmental Temperature Operating range: -35°C to +70°C (without heating)
Operating range: -40°C to +70°C (with heating)
Storage range: -40°C to +80°C
Humidity Operating range: <5% to 100% RH
Protection Class IP66 EN 60529 : 1992
EMC EN 61326 : 2006 & BSEN 60945 : 2002
Impact resistance UL2218 Class 1
Compass safe distance BSEN 60945 : 2002
Miscellaneous Warranty 2 years
Quality system Manufactured within ISO9001 quality system

The manufacturer reserves the right to amend the specification and therefore the information in this document may be subject to change

  WindSonic WindSonic 75 WindSonic M
Wind Speed Specifcations  
Range 0-60 m/s (116 knots) 0-75 m/s 0-60 m/s (116 knots)
Accuracy ±2% @ 12m/s ±2% @ 12m/s ±2% @ 12m/s
Resolution 0.01 m/s (0.02 knots) 0.01 m/s (0.02 knots) 0.01 m/s (0.02 knots)
Response Time 0.25 seconds 0.25 seconds 0.25 seconds
Threshold 0.01 m/s 0.01 m/s 0.01 m/s
Wind Direction Specifcations  
Range 0-359° (no dead band) 0-359° (no dead band) 0-359° (no dead band)
Accuracy ±2% @ 12 m/s ±2% @ 12 m/s ±3% @ 12 m/s
Resolution
Response Time 0.25 seconds 0.25 seconds 0.25 seconds
Measurement  
Ultrasonic Output Rate 0.25, 0.5, 1, 2 or 4 Hz 0.25, 0.5, 1, 2 or 4 Hz 0.25, 0.5, 1, 2 or 4 Hz
Parameters Wind speed and direction or U and V (vectors) Wind speed and direction or U and V (vectors) Wind speed and direction or U and V (vectors)
Units of Measure m/s, knots, mph, kph, ft/min m/s, knots, mph, kph, ft/min m/s, knots, mph, kph, ft/min
Outputs  
Outputs RS232, RS422, RS485, NMEA 0183, SDI-12 RS232, RS422, RS485, NMEA 0183 RS232, RS422, RS485, NMEA 0183
Baud Rate 2400 to 38400 2400 to 38400 2400 to 38400
Power Requirement  
Wind Speed & Direction Sensor 5-30 VDC, 7-30 VDC, 9-30 VDC Options.
From 5.5mA @ 12 V
12-30 VDC
From 5.5mA @ 12 V
5-30VDC (5.5mA @ 12V)
Heating (optional) No No 24V AC or DC (4.2A @ 24V)
Start-up time: < 5 seconds
Mechanical  
External Construction LURAN S KR 2861/1C ASA/PC LURAN S KR 2861/1C ASA/PC Al. Alloy 6082 T6
Size 142mm x 160mm 142mm x 160mm 142mm x 160mm
Weight 0.5kg 0.5kg 0.9kg
Environmental  
Protection Class IP66 IP66 IP66
Operating Temperature -35°C to +70°C -35°C to +70°C -40°C to +70°C (with heating)
-35°C to +70°C (without heating)
Storage Temperature -40°C to +80°C -40°C to +80°C -40°C to +80°C
Operating Humidity <5% to 100% RH <5% to 100% RH <5% to 100% RH
EMC EN 61326: 1998 EN 61326: 1998 EN 61326: 1998 & BSEN 60945
Impact Resistance n/a n/a UL2218 Class 1
Operational  
MTBF 15 Years 15 Years n/a
Warranty 2 Years 2 Years 2 Years
Warranty 2 Years 2 Years 2 Years
Factory Calibration Traceable to National Standards Traceable to National Standards Traceable to National Standards