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.

Cavotec’s radio remote control experts at ONS 2012

Cavotec’s radio remote control (RRC) experts – Cavotec Micro-control – recently took part in a highly successful ONS2012, one of the offshore energy industry’s largest exhibitions. Held in Stravanger, Norway, between August 28 and 30, the event attracted some 50,000 attendees.

Cavotec's radio remote control (RRC) experts at ONS 2012

The Cavotec team (and Cavotec kit) at ONS2012

The Cavotec team (pictured above) were on hand to show visitors how our innovative technologies are helping the industry to operate more safely, more cleanly and more efficiently. Key product areas included RRCs, joysticks, drag chains, connectors and motorised cable reels, primarily for EX applications.

Our stand – as the entire event – was busy, with even Norway’s Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Ola Borten Moe, dropping in to try his hand at operating an excavator using one of our advanced RRC video link systems.

Norway's Minister of Petroleum and Energy Ola Borte operates an excavator via a Cavotec video link system

Norway’s Minister of Petroleum and Energy Ola Borte operates an excavator via a Cavotec video link system

We’ve posted some more photos from ONS on our Facebook.

Following the success of ONS in recent years, the event will now be held annually, rather than bi-annually as previously: we’re already looking forward to ONS2013!

For more on Cavotec Micro-control, visit:

Controlling munitions clearance – 650 kms away


Video still of remote-controlled excavator, photo credit: Teknisk Ukeblad


As we reported in a recent post, we will be exhibiting at ONS 2010, one of the premier, global energy industry events. This year, from our stand  – B290/7 – we conduct a series of live demonstrations of Cavotec radio remote control equipment supporting munitions clearance 650 km away.

Cavotec’s radio remote controls are currently helping to clear a 165 square km combat training range in central Norway. The former testing range, used by NATO and the Norwegian army and air force, is to be cleared of all munitions and revegetated.

As reported by Norwegian national television, our radio remote control systems have been fitted to two dumper trucks, two excavators and one bulldozer that clear and transport unexploded ordnance from the range. Large TV monitors are used to monitor the machines. On each screen, images from up to eight colour cameras, mounted on the vehicles, stream imagery from the site in real-time. A converted shipping container acts as a control room, equipped with custom-made chairs fitted with joysticks and other control functions. The application also caught the attention of Norwegian engineering publication, Teknisk Ukeblad.

At the Hjerkinn site, our remote control units usually control clearance vehicles from distances of around 2 to 3 km. Everyday during ONS, from 10.00-10.30 and 13.30-14.00, we will operate the machines working at Hjerkinn from our stand – a distance of some 650 km.

For further details on the planned demonstrations and the application itself,
 contact the Cavotec Norway team by email:, or on + 47 32 27 43 00.

New iron ore handling equipment contract in Port Hedland, AU

We are now set to  supply a range of advanced cable reel, control and steel chain technologies to the ThyssenKrupp group for installation on iron ore ship-loaders at Port Hedland in Western Australia.  The equipment is set for delivery to China in 2010 for subsequent installation on four new iron ore ship-loaders at Port Hedland.

It’s a fairly complex order; the deal includes cable and hose reelers, Brieda operator cabins and consoles, Cavotec Micro-control radio remote control systems and Brevetti steel slew chains. The radio remote control units are FieldBus enabled, allowing for direct interface with the machine control system.

Equipment used at Port Hedland’s iron ore handling facility needs to withstand the uniquely abrasive and viscous nature of iron ore dust.  And Port Hedland happens to be host to another one of our major orders – in April we announced the largest ever order for our MoorMaster™ at PHPA.

Cavotec to supply remote controls to Goldhofer’s heavy transport vehicles

We have reached an agreement with German heavy transport manufacturer Goldhofer to provide advanced radio remote controls (RRC) for the next three years.

Cavotec Micro-Control develops and manufactures high quality, advanced radio remote control systems that meet the vast majority of requirements for applications within the offshore, onshore, mining, maritime and process industries. Products range from standard hand-held push button terminals to more sophisticated and custom designs.

At Goldhofer, our RRC systems will allow operators to remotely steer of heavy-duty transport vehicles. Goldhofer vehicles have a payload range from 20 to 10,000 tons and already maximize production capacity with computer controlled production planning.  The application of our RRC’s will further enhance the Goldhofer product offering.