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Seatools launches HeaveMate

Written by  OE Staff Friday, 27 May 2016 09:51

Seatools introduces an intelligent active heave compensation module: HeaveMate. This active heave compensator is an easy-to-integrate system for both new as well as existing offshore and subsea equipment such as winches, cranes, and LARS systems.

HeaveMate can be delivered either as an OEM package with the essentials for heave compensation (black box controller with sensors and software) or as part of a complete turn-key system, including mechanical and hydraulic hardware. In any case, Seatools’ simulation capabilities are applied to ensure proper performance of the overall system in any sea condition and situation (incl. failure cases), and pre-tune the controller prior to commissioning.

“In addition to the risk and time reduction yielded from the application of simulations, we have incorporated auto-tuning functionalities that allow us to reduce commissioning times,” Sieds Tamsma, Senior Research & Development engineer. “Moreover, the controller adapts itself to actual wave conditions, which optimizes performance while avoiding potential resonance problems. We believe built-in intelligence of this type is a considerable operational advantage.”

The system is currently deployed in a retrofit project in which a passively compensated LARS will be upgraded towards an actively heave-compensated LARS.

Image: HeaveMate/Seatools

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