Cavotec secures Sandvik order in Brazil

Cavotec has won a milestone order from mining equipment supplier Sandvik for four large level winder reels (see image below) for an application in Brazil. 

Cavotec winder reel

The end-customer is global mining group Vale. These large units, capable of reeling 2,000m of cable, will be designed and manufactured by Cavotec at its facility in Shanghai.

This project will serve as an excellent reference for Cavotec and its Mining & Tunnelling unit in Brazil and beyond.

 


Gullfaks B drag chain project underway

Gullfaks B drag chain project underway

Cavotec’s largest oil and gas project to date – upgrading Statoil’s Gullfaks B drilling platform – is now fully underway and is proceeding well. 

Our engineers recently began work on the installation, one and a half months ahead of schedule.

The guide system for one chain system is now mounted, and our customer, Aibel, a leading engineering, construction, upgrading and maintenance service provider in the oil, gas and renewable energy sector, is happy with progress.

Cavotec is supplying, testing and commissioning three sets of stainless steel drag chains as part of a of a major modernisation programme that will extend the operational life of the Gullfaks B platform to 2032.

Cavotec supplies advanced power control and automation technologies to a wide variety of offshore energy customers worldwide.


Cavotec radio remotes pack a punch

Here’s news of another of our radio remote control (RRC) applications, this time with units that control the flow of explosives from tank trucks to boreholes via hoses.

Fire in the hold: 395 boreholes packed with explosives

Fire in the hold: boreholes are packed with explosives.

At this construction site in Sweden, the units ensured that 300 to 400 boreholes were safely filled with 30-40kg of explosives. Special features on these, (and on three other trucks), include an ‘AD TWIN’ system that boosts the maximum range of the units. The need for a reliable, long-range radio link is considerable, especially in these sorts of applications.

The units’ displays also provide operators with data on the amount of explosives in any given borehole, the total amount of explosives in all the boreholes, and pump pressure. All these are easily selected by the operator at the push of a button on the terminal unit.

Full control: a Cavotec MC-23 RRC unit ensures safe operations at all times.

Full control: a Cavotec MC-23 RRC unit ensures safe operations at all times.

Each truck is supplied with two identical systems which allows two operators to fill explosives simultaneously from one truck. We have supplied four trucks with this system for this customer, and are set to upgrade several other vehicles with similar equipment.

Cavotec RRCs are used at a wide variety of applications all over the world. Amongst many others, notable applications include operating traffic systems, equipment on deep sea drilling rigs and to even help clear unexploded munitions. The units are also used to operate our MoorMaster automated mooring system.


Leading the charge for electric vehicles

As car manufacturers race to meet growing demand for electric vehicles (EV), we’re applying our cable management expertise to help the industry develop innovative technologies that keep EVs charged and on the road.

No longer the preserve of unlikely concept cars or Hollywood stars keen to promote their “green” credentials, EVs are steadily becoming more mainstream. According to the Green Autoblog, the number of EVs is currently doubling every year.

EV schemes in cities such as Paris are becoming increasingly popular.

EV schemes in cities such as Paris are becoming increasingly popular. Image credit: Automobile Propre.

Last year BMW launched its electrically-powered i3. Renault has a range of small and mid-size range vehicles, and their compatriot rival, Peugeot, is following suit, as are Audi, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Fiat, Ford, General Motors, Mercedes, Nissan, Volvo, VW and others.

And Tesla, considered by many as the trailblazer for EV cars is seeing its sales accelerate dramatically. According to the Economist, Tesla’s Model S last year outsold its nearest luxury rival, Mercedes’s (petrol) S-class, by 30 per cent in the US.

Charging towards the mainstream: the range of electrically-powered cars is rapidly expanding.

Charging towards the mainstream: the range of electrically-powered cars is rapidly expanding. Image credit: Electric Cars Report.

The flourishing EV market is being further underpinned by the continued tightening of legislation on vehicle emissions, most recently by the EU which recently announced fresh curbs that will take effect in 2021.

Cross-over power

We’re currently working closely with a number of customers on developing existing and entirely new self-retracting cable management systems for EV charging units.

We’re even advising on the design of electric “petrol” stations of the future, where petrol pumps may, one day, be replaced by fast-charging units.

Our cable management systems for EV applications consist primarily of assisted self-retracting cable management systems, based on three types of spring reel that improve ergonomics, safety and life cycle of EV charging cables and plugs.

Cavotec engineers and manufactures these systems, and assembles cable sets with EV charging plugs as defined by customer specifications.

We’re developing versions of these technologies for battery-powered passenger ferries, and now we’re bringing that knowledge to cars. If we’re doing this with cars and ships, why not buses?

EV is clearly an exciting, rapidly growing area with substantial potential that we’re delighted to be involved in.


Cavotec in 2013 – another defining year for inspired engineering

Our largest MoorMaster project to date, our combined AMP and MoorMaster system designed – the first of its kind anywhere in the world – and our move up to Mid Cap on the Stockholm OMX: here’s our pick of the milestones that made 2013 another defining year for Cavotec.  

Image courtesy of Norled

We’re supplying the world’s first combined automated mooring and shore power system for a passenger ferry service in Norway. Image courtesy of Norled.

In November it was announced that the Transnet National Ports Authority had placed a EUR 10-million order for 26 MoorMaster™ units for the Port of Ngqura. Not only is this Cavotec’s largest order to date for MoorMaster™, it is also the first in Africa.

A World-first

July brought news of a unique project in which we are combining automated mooring with our Alternative Maritime Power (AMP) technologies to form a single, fully integrated system for a passenger ferry service in Norway. A world-first, the degree of automation of this system is unparalleled, and will ensure safer, cleaner and more efficient operations for the end-customer, Norled.

We also secured another breakthrough MoorMaster™ order in Norway, this time for a bulk handling application. While there are several such applications in Australia, this will be first of its kind in Europe.

Airports also strong

The year was also positive for our airports unit, with major orders in the US, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. It was also encouraging to report several orders in India.

We attended all the major exhibitions and trade shows, including Inter Airport Europe, during which we launched a fuelling element to our E3 Gate. The E3 Gate - Ergonomics, Economy and the Environment – supplies parked aircraft with 400Hz power, PCAir, blue and potable water and sewage – and now fuel – via underground pit systems. This makes for an uncluttered tarmac, thereby improving safety and operational efficiency.

Future potential

Another segment where we saw substantial growth in 2013 was the oil and gas sector – an area that we expect to continue to grow in the future.

We rounded off a strong year with the news that the Cavotec share was upgraded to a Mid Cap listing on the Stockholm OMX, a development that indicates potential for the future.

And finally, heralding the opportunities of 2014, on January 1 this year, new regulations came into force in California requiring greater use of shore power systems. This is an area where we have been active for many years, and where we continue to lead the development of innovative systems that help ports and shipping lines dramatically reduce their environmental impact.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our partners, colleagues and customers that helped make 2013 one of our best years yet. Here’s to applying the power of innovative thinking and inspired engineering in 2014 and beyond.

 


Cavotec to exhibit innovative technologies at OTC Houston

Cavotec to exhibit innovative offshore technologies at OTC Houston

We are gearing up for another offshore extravaganza at one of the world’s leading trade shows for the energy industry, OTC (Offshore Technology Conference) HOUSTON, which gets underway on Monday.

During the show, we will be focusing on several product areas including explosion proof (Ex) (and non-Ex) radio remote controls (RRC), Alternative Maritime Power, cable chains, power connectors, slip rings and motorised cable reels.

Billed as highlighting “the development of technologies that serve the offshore industry in the fields of drilling, exploration, production, and environmental protection”, the event attracted almost 90,000 visitors in 2012, and some 2,500 exhibiting companies.

As in previous years, we are in the Norwegian Pavilion, and you will find us at booth 5235. Click here for a full exhibition booth map.