New Acoustic Release from Teledyne Benthos

By Marine Technology Reporter

Teledyne Benthos launched the R12K Acoustic Release. According to the manufacturer, the development and design process included an in-depth needs assessment across a broad spectrum of the user base. The resulting new product, R12K, aims to combine the reliability of the Teledyne Benthos acoustic release mechanical design with new electronic systems that improve the functional aspects of the product.
The Model R12K Deep Sea Acoustic Transponding release is the first product in the Benthos release line to benefit from this new electronics architecture. The new units are digital signal processor (DSP) based allowing the move from audible status confirmations to visual signal confirmations.
Performance enhancements for the R12K units include:   
•    Battery voltage indication, including percent remaining, on command
•    Unit tilt measurement, 0-180 degrees (+/- 1%), available on command
•    Positive confirmation of release status on command.
The R12K is designed for full ocean depth mooring recovery applications with a rugged stainless steel package and a 5,000kg load rating. Every release is functionally tested to full ocean depth pressures.

(As published in the April 2014 edition of Marine Technology Reporter -

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