What is common for the road is beginning to prevail off-shore as well: Engine manufacturers must take appropriate measures to minimise the output of noxious pollutants, in particular of carbon monoxide, nitric oxides and hydrocarbons, while also lowering consumption.
Cars with petrol engines have long since been using Lambda sensors to help with regulating the combustion. And Lambda sensors can also be found in a growing number of today’s outboard engines, e.g. in engines from Honda: The Japanese manufacturer was one of the first to switch to four stroke engine technology for its outboard engines and to comply with strict environmental regulations. The company’s smaller outboard engines designated BF75 and BF90 as well as its award-winning, more powerful BF200 and BF225 motors feature the “Ecomo” function. Aided by a Lambda sensor, they are able to electronically adjust the air-fuel ratio to deliver the desired performance at highest possible level of engine efficiency and environmental protection. Honda already uses Lambda sensors from the NTK brand for series production of these engines.
In contrast to cars, however, Lambda sensors for maritime applications work under most demanding conditions. Splash water threatens to reach the sensor and destroy the ceramic sensor element, which operates at temperatures of more than 300 °C. Additionally, aggressive sea water can reduce the lifetime of a Lambda sensor.
This is the first time that the NTK Lambda sensors for the aforementioned engines have been made available to the independent Aftermarket by NGK Spark Plug Europe: The OZA596-H1 (OE no. 35655-ZY3-013, NGK part no. 90739) is the perfect choice for the Honda outboard engines BF200 and BF225. The OZA596-H2 (OE no. 35655-ZY9-003, NGK part no. 97490) replaces the original sensor in the Honda engines BF75 and BF90. Thanks to appropriate cable lengths and connectors, both sensors come prefinished “out of the box”.
“With these sensors we are addressing a growing demand within the marine market. A demand that we plan to meet with the launch of further Lambda sensors in future,” says David Loy, Marketing Director Aftermarket Europe at NGK Spark Plug Europe. “As the world’s leading manufacturer of Lambda sensors and partner to virtually all engine makers, we offer the trade and the boat owners uncompromising quality. The quality of a leading supplier of the OEMs.”
About NGK SPARK PLUG: Worldwide: NGK Spark Plug is one of the leading automotive and technical ceramics suppliers, with its corporate headquarters in Nagoya, Japan and sales organisations and production facilities all over the world. The automotive side of the company specialises in the fields of ignition and sensor technology, supplying Original Equipment and Aftermarket customers across the globe. Its product portfolio for the Aftermarket comprises spark plugs, glow plugs, ignition coils and leads under the NGK Ignition Parts brand, whilst oxygen and temperature sensors, NOx sensors, mass air flow (MAF) and manifold absolute pressure (MAP) sensors operate under the brand NTK Vehicle Electronics. With more than 14,500 employees, the company’s automotive and technical ceramics activities generate a total annual turnover of around 3.1 billion Euros worldwide. NGK Spark Plug is represented on all continents and has 41 group companies, 24 production plants and five technical centres. Aftermarket EMEA: NGK SPARK PLUG has seen significant growth across the Aftermarket since expanding beyond motorcycle parts into the automotive sector in the 1970s. With an outstanding commitment to quality, technology and research & development the company has become the world’s number one in spark plugs and oxygen sensors, and a leading provider of glow plugs, ignition coils and leads as well as further sensor technology. Organisationally NGK Spark Plug’s regional headquarters in Ratingen, Germany serves the Aftermarket across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In the EMEA region – which currently represents 32% of NGK´s global turnover – the company has ten group companies and more than 800 employees, as well as two production plants in France and South Africa and a technical centre in Germany. For more information please visit: www.ngk-europe.com
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