Since about 2000, Cummins Marine and Mercury had joined forces to provide instrumentation for the newly introduced electronically controlled Cummins 8.3L 480-CE engines. Then, starting about 2004, the first iteration of SmartCraft version 1.0 engines became available which leveraged the use of a proprietary SIM (System Integration Module) that allowed for the integration of numerous boat-related peripherals.
The SmartCraft lineup of digital instrumentation has changed gradually throughout the last decade or so and the different versions that were available can be seen below:
#1: SmartCraft SystemView (circa 2000-2004)
#2: SmartCraft DieselView (circa 2004-2007)
The Cummins Mercruiser DieselView was the flagship display for the Cummins Q-series Quantum electronic (ECM) Diesels from about 2004 thru 2007/2008 that utilized SmartCraft version 1.0. The monochrome LCD digital display panels we supplied with the QSB, QSC, QSL, and QSM mid-range marine diesel engines. One of the pitfalls of this series of displays was that the LCD screens tend to “burn-out” and fail.
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#3: SmartCraft VesselView (circa 2007-Present)
This initial version of the VesselView was intended to replace the DieselView display. Cummins MerCruiser Diesel offered this improved SmartCraft based digital display that was used across all QSB, QSC, QSL, QSM and even QSD marine engines. This newer display technology offered several advantages and improvements over what was the current DieselView product. The display was a color based (QVGA) display that had the ability to monitor multiple engines, support NMEA 0183 interface protocol, and had the ability to save and load configuration files via USB memory device. This display was also used in conjunction with the newer version 2.0 and 2.5 SmartCraft updates that integrated a engine room VIP box both in black (early) and white (late). This version of the VesselView is still provided as an available option with Cummins RECON Q-series engines.
#4: SmartCraft VesselView 4 & 7 (circa 2012-Present)SmartCraft Version(s): 2.X
The VesselView 4 is the standard package with a 4″ glass thin-film LCD screen and refreshed graphical user interface. Lets you monitor up to two engines simultaneously. VesselView 7 includes a larger 6.4″ touchscreen with a digital interface that lets you access data quickly and effortlessly. Monitor up to four engines simultaneously. Use as a chart plotter. Link to Simrad® radar and sonar and Sirius® Weather. A total digital information hub.