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: info.no@cavotec.com, or on + 47 32 27 43 00.


Cavotec Norway in the news

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

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

We posted earlier about Cavotec Norway‘s delivery of radio remote controls used to power heavy machinery that is cleaning up a Norwegian bombing training field.

Now this project is getting some attention in the Norwegian media.  Norway’s Teknisk Ukeblad has a piece on the project, including images.  It’s an exciting project so we are glad it has captured the media’s attention.


Cavotec Norway in long-distance action

This July, Cavotec Norway won a contract to deliver radio remote controls for control of two dumper trucks, two excavators and one bulldozer. The machinery is being used to clear a 165 square km combat training range in central Norway, land that was used for many years by NATO, along with the Norwegian army and air force.

The clearing project will replace damaged areas with trees and grass.  The estimated end for clearing the explosives is 2012, with all re-vegetation work to be finished by 2020.  Not only does the project provide a unique, sustainable reference in the RRC market, but it proves that we can deliver a solution for the control of heavy machinery a long distance.

In order to protect personnel when performing the work, the dumpers and diggers are controlled from a steel booth 2 – 3 kms away (compared to competitor’s 600 m control distance). Each vehicle can be controlled either from a standard MC-3300 terminal (short distance control) or from a control chair equipped with joysticks, a radio system and  a video system, so the operator can see how to control the machine.

See the clip below – narrated in Norwegian – to see Cavotec’s long distance control in action.

Click through to watch video clip.

Click through to watch video clip.