Exploring new opportunities at a packed OTC 2014

We’re at the vast #OTCHouston exhibition this week, and judging by the sheer number of visitors, you can see why it’s one of the largest trade shows in the offshore sector.

Busy, busy, busy: OTC 2014 is exceptionally well attended.

Busy, busy, busy: the Cavotec stand at OTC 2014.

According to organisers, OTC (the Offshore Technology Conference) is “the world’s foremost event for the development of offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production, and environmental protection.”

At this year’s event we’re exhibiting our range of systems for offshore energy and maritime applications, including steel drag chains, radio remote controls (of the explosion-proof and standard varieties), MoorMaster™ automated mooring, AMP, cable chains, power connectors, slip rings and motorised cable reels.

The Cavotec team tell us that our radio remote controls – used, amongst other things, for operating machinery in harsh environments – are attracting particular interest.

“A lot of people are asking about our radio remote control systems; it’s a market where we certainly see a great deal of potential,” says Sofus Gedde-Dahl, Managing Director, Group Sub-unit Oil & Gas.

If you happen to be at OTC, do drop in to see us at stand 5235!


Cavotec RRCs operate water cannon at Swedish port

In another example of how our radio remote control systems (RRCs) are used at some unusual applications around the world, one such unit recently entered service with two huge water cannon at Petroport in Stenungsund, southern Sweden.

Fire extinguisher system operated by a Cavotec MC-35-EX

An extinguisher system at Petroport

Cavotec’s explosion proof MC-3-5-EX unit operates two extinguisher systems mounted on a newly built chemicals handling berth at the port.

You can see images of this application on our Facebook page here.

The unit directs the cannon up, down, left and right, and adjusts the water spray from a concentrated “beam” to a fine mist.

This application demands the use of explosion proof, or ATEX-classed equipment, and the RRC also enables personnel to operate the system from a safe distance.

Cavotec’s customer on this project is Swedish engineering company Gycom. The final system supplier is Incendium Fire System.

Cavotec RRC systems are used at petrochemical ports, oil refineries, power plants and waste incineration facilities, construction sites and other applications worldwide.


Cavotec radio remote controls embark on Antarctic mission

Cavotec radio remote controls (RRC) are often used in some of the harshest environments in the world. Now, one of our RRC units is headed to the Antartic, where it will be used to operate a specialised Vestdavit crane that launches and recovers a survey vessel.

HMS Protector

Research bound: HMS Protector heads south. Photo credit: UK Ministry of Defence.

Our RRC unit is used to control a PMC Servi electrohydraulic mechanism on the davit crane. The system was installed on the UK Royal Navy survey vessel HMS Protector, during a recent refit at the Norwegian port of Bergen.

The davit safely launches and recovers the 10-ton survey launch James Caird VI in sea state five and extreme cold. This short film, shot by Vestdavit, shows the system in action.

HMS Protector will deploy the survey boat to obtain hydrographic imagery of the Antarctic region. The ship will also assist with the re-supply of British Antarctic Survey stations in the region.

Cavotec has worked on this niche application in close collaboration with Norway’s PMC Servi, a specialist supplier of motion control technologies; and Vestdavit, the world’s leading provider of efficient and innovative boat-handling systems.


Slo-mo road trip: Cavotec radio remote controls help guide world’s largest reactor through city streets

Cavotec radio remote controls (RRCs) have played an important role in the mamouth job of moving the world’s largest fuel reactor from the Bulgarian Black Sea port of Burgas, through the city and on to the Lukoil Neftochim oil refinery

The world’s biggest refinery reactor inches its way through the streets of Burgas

With speeds at times approaching 5km/h, this sedate road trip took 38 hours to complete. The 1,600-metric tonne, 57-metre long, nine-metre high reactor brought central Burgas to a standstill and required the removal of road furniture such as traffic lights and tram pantographs.

All this did not seem to dampen local residents’ enthusiasm however, who can expect a second reactor to make its way through the city this month.

If you are an RRC aficionado, fast-forward to just after 2mins 20 seconds to see one of our RRC units used to ensure the whole process remains perfectly poised – although we would perhaps not encourage you to indulge in a crafty cigarette while guiding a 240-wheel low-loader through built up areas.


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: http://www.cavotecmc.com/


Cavotec Australia review and thanks following recent #AIMEX show #mining

Cavotec Australia review and thanks following recent #AIMEX show #mining

The enquiry level throughout the four-day show was encouraging, with several enquiries for core Cavotec products, and our local agency lines.

Interest was especially strong in motorised cable reels, spring-driven cable reels, connectors, radio remote controls, Brevetti cable chains, Gantrex rail clips and pads, Vahle conductor bars, Brieda seats and consoles, and Gessmann joysticks.

Many thanks to the staff we had on the stand including, Sures Sinnadurai, Jeff Humphreys, Steve Conrades, Mark Payne, and particularly the guys who travelled so far: Jan Buttle-Ulvin (Cavotec Micro-control Singapore) and Bruno Pierobon from Gantrex Belgium.

Also, a special thanks to Tony Iseppi who arranged the exhibition and Julia Weinhart for organising the banners for our stand.