FURUNO ELECTRIC CO., LTD. (headquartered in Nishinomiya City, Hyogo Prefecture; Yukio Furuno, President) wrapped up an unprecedented week of learning and dealer engagement during the 2020 NMEA Virtual Education Week by bringing home five NMEA Product of Excellence Awards - more than any other manufacturer. This brings Furuno's total to an impressive 235 NMEA Awards, more than any other two manufacturers combined! Rather than holding an in-person conference, the NMEA's 2020 Virtual Education Week brought together marine professionals from around the nation in a virtual environment. The industry’s leading manufacturers presented information via Webinars and direct engagement to participating NMEA members who comprise the voting body for these prestigious annual awards.
In the Radar category, Furuno's DRS4D-NXT once again took home the top honor. The DRS4D-NXT is a Solid-State Doppler Radar in a compact 24" radome, featuring innovative Furuno technologies such as Target Analyzer and Fast Target Tracking. The DRS4D-NXT is the first Furuno Radar to utilize their exclusive RezBoost Beam Sharpening, providing an incredibly detailed Radar image with more targets and less clutter.
Furuno's ground-breaking DFF-3D has taken the sportfishing community by storm and was again awarded the highly-coveted Product of Excellence award for Fish Finder. This is the third year in a row the DFF-3D has taken home this award, following their breakout 2017 "Technology Award" win. The DFF-3D takes fish finding to new depths, with a 120-degree view from port to starboard, showing fish depth, location under the boat and the direction fish are moving, as well as displaying the seabed condition in real-time. Intuitive and easy-to-understand display modes bring the underwater world to life like never before.
The SCX-20 Satellite Compass was recognized as the top contender in the category for best NMEA2000 Sensor. The unique four-antenna design of the SCX-20 makes this unique Satellite Compass capable of calculating precise heading, pitch, roll, and heave information, even when line of sight is limited to only a single satellite. Having multiple baselines makes the SCX-20 the perfect heading solution for even the most challenging of vessel installations.
In the Commercial category, Furuno's FAR-2228BB Radar again brought home this Product of Excellence award. This 25kW IMO Radar is the culmination of Furuno’s decades of innovation, showcasing Furuno features such as Automatic Clutter Elimination (ACE), Fast Target Tracking, and a familiar but totally fresh user interface. The Radar also includes a refined antenna and gearbox. These new hardware options provide excellent reliability and decrease the overall costs of ownership, while making installation and maintenance easier than ever.
In a rare tied contest, the Furuno "Deep Impact" DI-FFAMP high-power CHIRP amplifier brought home the award in the Marine Specialty category. Designed to work exclusively with the built-in, dual-channel TruEcho CHIRP™ Fish Finder on 12", 16", and 19" NavNet TZtouch3 MFDs, "Deep Impact" boosts the power of NavNet TZtouch3's native 1kW TruEcho CHIRP™ Fish Finder to 2kW or 3kW, driving virtually any 2kW or 3kW transducer at any frequency. "Deep Impact" ensures echo returns on your display come back sharp and clear at every range.
Beyond setting standards for electronic interfaces, communication protocols, and functionality for navigation equipment, the mission of the NMEA is to contribute to the development and popularization of the marine electronics industry. Each year, the NMEA recognizes products with superior design, performance, and reliability, as voted on by its members. NMEA membership is reserved for dealers, distributors, industry experts, and NMEA-approved technicians, who vote for the products they feel should win these awards. Furuno's undisputed leadership in NMEA Award wins is an ongoing testament to their reputation for excellence and reliability among marine professionals and recreational boaters around the world. Furuno offers its sincere congratulations to the other deserving award winners this year.
For complete details on these award-winning Furuno models, as well as their full line of quality marine electronics, see your Furuno dealer, or visit them on the web at www.furuno.com.