Xbox 360 Controller for J2 Subsea Valve Pack

Posted by Irina Tabakina

J2 Subsea has launched an Xbox 360 wireless controller for a field-proven intelligent valve pack (iVP). Offered exclusively by J2, the Windows- based custom-built control software and gaming controller will improve operator training and ease maintenance activities on the iVP, the company said.
The software and controller were developed by J2 with Fathom Systems, which provides engineering solutions and products to the underwater engineering industry. According to J2, the software is the first available for this type of manipulator system. It supports the eight-station proportional iVP, which is based on standard valves and fulfils all hydraulic control requirements, including complex tooling skids, tracked vehicles and manipulator arms.
J2 and Fathom Systems worked together to develop the software and performed field trials for a year with a large ROV operator to prove the product ahead of its launch. During the testing phase, the ROV operator explained how easy the system was to use, how quickly the operators became familiar with the controls and highlighted how much was saved in repairs compared to the more expensive manipulator package.

(As published in the APRIL 2015 edition of Marine Technology Reporter -

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