Hardide Coatings has completed its first application for a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) for Seatronics with exceptional test results resulting in a greatly improved performance, which has led to production orders.
Since using the coating on a critical part of the thruster system, the Predator ROV manufactured by Seatronics has increased in performance and power, with critical wear issues also vastly improved.
David Currie, Managing Director at Seatronics, commented: “The Observation-class ROV sector is a growing market for us and we want to make the Predator as maintenance-free as possible. The Hardide coating solved the wear issues we were facing and increased the performance of the ROV. Using the Hardide coating on the Predator was like tuning a car to get more miles per gallon and getting F1 performance.”
Seatronics, an Acteon company, is a global leader in the sale and rental of subsea marine electronic equipment. The company manufactures the Predator ROV mainly for the oil and gas market to support operations using a diver or larger ROV to provide backup and support.
Hardide CEO, Philip Kirkham, said: “This is the first time Hardide coatings have been used in the ROV industry. The results from the tests with Seatronics have shown the capability of the coating to make a significant contribution to the performance of this subsea equipment.”
Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward
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