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New XF Series Joysticks

operated joystick controller specifically engineered for vehicles applications. This new joystick series is designed per the ISO 25197 standard, which establishes the requirements for design, construction and testing of electrical/electronic steering, shift and throttle and dynamic position control systems on marine watercraft up to 24m in length.  Adhering to this standard, the XF series is rated to withstand 80lbf pull force across the X/Y axis and over 5Nm torque in the Z axis.  The XF Series utilizes contactless Hall effect sensing to provide long life proportional control for over

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Helix Acquires STL

, Inc. announced Thursday it has acquired a majority stake in Subsea Technologies Group Limited (STL), an Aberdeen-based subsea engineering company that specializes in the design and manufacture of world-class subsea pressure control equipment, including well intervention, well control and subsea control systems. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.Scotty Sparks, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Helix, said, “This acquisition provides Helix with a significant opportunity to offer in-house engineering services, product development and systems engineering, whilst also

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Hydramec Delivers ROV LARS to NZ Navy

the unique ability to Engineer, fabricate, machine components, followed by applying offshore coatings and assemble all of its products in house under one roof. Giving the ability to control lead time without relying on multiple sub-contractors.Scantrol AS is Hydramec’s chosen supplier of AHC control systems and once again this proved to be an invaluable partnership. Their ability to deliver the exact specification Hydramec require means that Scantrol will always be Hydramec’s first port of call when AHC is required.Hydramec have built Electric driven winches in the past and have delivered

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TechnipFMC Scores EPCI Work from Neptune

a contract, worth between $250 million and $500 million, covering the delivery and installation of subsea equipment from the wellheads to the riser hang-off at Gjøa. This includes subsea templates, xmas trees, manifolds, production and gas lift pipelines, umbilicals, subsea structures and control systems) plus installation activities.The engineering and fabrication works have commenced and the first template will be installed in the third quarter of 2019 on the Duva field. The majority of the installation scope will be in 2020 with first oil targeted for the fourth quarter of 2020.The Duva field

Martin McDonald, Senior Vice President, ROV Division, Oceaneering International.
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One-on-One with Martin McDonald, SVP, ROV Division, Oceaneering

we have removed ROVs, we are also adding units, so, net-net, we are at 275 (work class) ROVs today.When you’re adding units, is there a specific technology that is most important?Yes, when we’re adding units, we’re upgrading them with the latest technologies, such as the latest control systems, navigation sensors, software, pumping packages, and intervention equipment.Looking at work class, inspection class, and observation class vehicles, are there any product gaps that still need to be filled?We’ve identified some gaps in the market. As we move forward, autonomy, remote operations

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C-Automation Buys Proserv Drilling Services

Aberdeen-headquartered controls technology company Proserv has agreed to sell its drilling services business (TIC) to pressure control systems specialist C-Automation.The divested business will now trade as C-Automation Services, said a press release. The financial terms of the deal are undisclosed.As a part of the sale agreement, Proserv and C-Automation will work in partnership to offer shared products and services. Proserv will supply its drilling controls products, including its Gilmore branded valves and field-testing equipment, while C-Automation will provide welding, electrical, piping, flushing

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4Subsea Acquires Astori

Engineering firm 4Subsea said it has acquired Astori, a Norwegian provider of subsea control systems for well intervention operations.Astori delivers subsea control systems for simplified XT installations that can operate all types of XTs from all main vendors, simplifying and reducing costs of subsea well intervention. 4Subsea said the firm's automation and control technology will tie into its own portfolio of decision support solutions for operators.“With this acquisition we are building upon our strategy of delivering leading-edge monitoring and maintenance services that provide significant

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Oi: Tracking 50 Years of Ocean Innovation

. “But there was a profound shift as it went from manned systems to remotely operated systems. Manned systems, as was, didn’t disappear, but were very down-scaled and displaced by technologies largely made possible by changes in electronics; being able to drive the ROVs, being able to put control systems in. And then there was a corresponding evolution in sensing.“There was a also profound transition with transistors and then integrated circuits, initiatives which came from outside the industry but made new things possible; low-power, long-duration devices for measuring everything and

“We are moving autonomous technologies into vehicles that have always been "remotely operated" or even manned to realize more efficiency and capability.  We are really blurring the lines between "ROV" and "AUV" and minimizing the technical difference between manned and unmanned. ”
Ben Kinnaman, CEO, Greensea Systems, Inc."

Subsea: The Future of Unmanned Vehicles

more power, but also limiting its range and maneuverability.Since its founding in 1986 Saab Seaeye has pioneered innovations that have helped to transform the underwater robotics industry, including brushless DC thrusters, efficient high-frequency power distribution, intelligent distributed control systems and the use of plastics and composites in vehicle construction, said Matt Bates, Director, Saab Seaeye Ltd.Saab Seaeye Sabertooth. A hybrid resource that offers autonomous and seabed resident capabilities. Image: Saab SeaeyeBates’ career has been involved with underwater systems. &ldquo

Proserv’s new Skene Facility, housing much of the firm’s Field Technology Services business unit, is now up and running. (Photo: Proserv)

Proserv Relocates Within Aberdeen

space, as well as almost 50,000 square feet of available workshops.A seven-figure sum has already been earmarked for expansion of the premises and existing office space has been doubled as part of the move.Proserv said it intends to utilize its new site to focus on growing its intervention workover control systems (IWOCS) division as well as its marine technology business and its subsea equipment maintenance and testing, which recently saw a major multimillion dollar award from an international oil and gas supermajor.Richard Lind, general manager, Skene Facility said, “We will now be based at a

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Forum Unveils New eROV

the sector.“By utilizing the same system across all vehicles, pilots only have one interface to learn as the skills are transferrable between the smallest observation vehicle and the largest trenchers,” he said. “This means training can concentrate on operational tasks opposed to control systems, providing further efficiencies.”The XLe Spirit incorporates a number of features to maximize its stability for use as a sensor platform, including regulated propulsion power, optimized thruster orientation and location, accurate thruster speed control and a wide range of auto-functions

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