Saab Seaeye approached Amplicon with the requirement for a stable and repeatable control system for their new Cougar-XTi range of underwater ROV's.
The Saab Seaeye Cougar-XTi ROV is rated to 3000m depth, and is used to address the industry's need for a 3,000m observation ROV, capable of providing a "self help" and light work capability.
ROV's are essential for the exploitation and development of deep-water oil and gas reserves - far beyond the reach of divers - but can also be useful in many other areas. Planning when to use an ROV is tough as a number of reasons can effect the timing; weather, distance and availability all have to be factored in. When clients get the opportunity to utilise an ROV they cannot afford faults or delays, therefore the system had to be extremely reliable as well as able to work in harsh environments.
The industrial computer system being used by Saab Seaeye at the time they contacted Amplicon was proving to be expensive and was also on a long lead time. Saab Seaeye needed a system that would reduce costs, improve the efficiency of their control systems and be delivered to reasonable timescales.
The Amplicon industrial computing team worked closely with the Saab Seaeye engineers to come up with the best solution for their requirement. The Amplicon Ventrix 2030 rackmount computer, one of Amplicon's most reliable systems was selected for its repeatability and long life cycle. Its robustness, SBC configuration, and road-mapped components met the stringent hardware requirements set by the customer.
Amplicon was also able to supply additional hardware that was required for the project this included a MAG35-01-1 Panel meter unit to be used for constant data updates. Designed to meet the industry standard size 1/8 DIN, these low cost digital panel meters have the functionality to integrate easily into any system.