Rov Control Systems, Updates & New Builds

Need

Older WORK class ROVs have very dated control systems which often predate microprocessor-based technology (1970’s). By todays standards the electronics are very bulky being made up of many hundreds of discrete components and multiple circuit boards

  • Repairs are frequently required but challenging due to parts obsolescence
  • Expensive to maintain and carry high risk of downtime.
  • Lack of flexibility in configuration
  • Absence of diagnostic and monitoring tools.

Challenges

  • Cost
  • Providing up to date look and feel.
  • Identifying client needs and expectations.

Solution

Modular Control System – General Features

  • Industrial PC-based surface control, drop-in control panels into system consoles
  • USB IO reduces wiring of multi switch control panels
  • Customer specified ROV mounted modular electronics
  • Motherboard connection directly to penetrators, improves reliability by reduces wiring and successive in line connections.
  • Efficient electronics have lower power consumption and generate much less heat – significant in warmer climates.
  • Contemporary power handling devices have no requirement for heat dissipation.

Indicator LEDs provide reassuring health check at a glance and facilitate accelerated fault finding.

  • Reduced wiring- resulting ease of installation
  • Electronics chassis drop-in replacement fit
  • Space efficient and fewer power supplies
  • Vibration immune wiring connections – facilitates ease of modification and additional connection of add-ons.
  • CAN BUS system allows distribution of interfaces and easy expansion – e.g. 2nd hydraulic interface / additional valve pack controllers

Modular Control System – Pilot Display

Modular Control System - Pilot Display
Modular Control System – Pilot Display

Key features:

  • Control of ROV primary systems via a Joystick panel connected to a PC
  • Clear uncluttered colourful display
  • Analog and Digital control inputs
  • Fully configurable input and display mapping
  • Access to tabbed windows by shortcut key
  • Suitable for new builds and offshore Plug ‘n’ Play tooling
  • Connect to optical data mux or umbilical twisted pair (customer specific )
  • Full diagnostic capabilities
  • Windows XP embedded operating system
  • Simple and intuitive operation reduces workload

Modular Control System – Touchscreen

Lights control page, optional joystick switch interface
Lights control page, optional joystick switch interface

Key features:

  • Control of ROV subsystems via a single touchscreen PC
  • Stand alone, function set modules – valve pack, cameras, lights
  • Suitable for new builds and offshore Plug ‘n’ Play tooling
  • Function confirmed active feedback
  • Connect to optical data mux or umbilical twisted pair (specify with order)
  • Full diagnostic capabilities
  • Optional manual switched inputs (unit shown)
  • Windows XP embedded operating system
  • Simple and intuitive operation reduces workload

Modular Control System – ROV POD

Solenoid valve pod with CAN bus daisy chain connectors
Solenoid valve pod with CAN bus daisy chain connectors

Key features:

  • Control of ROV subsystems via four wire connection to main ROV pod
  • Daisy chain philosophy allows easy additions
  • Stand alone, function set modules – Valve pack (unit shown), cameras, lights
  • Suitable for new builds, tooling skids and Plug ‘n’ Play scenarios
  • CAN bus automotive communications technology
  • Function confirmed active feedback
  • Connect to optical data mux or umbilical twisted pair (specify with order)
  • Full diagnostic capabilities
  • Sensor inputs – voltage and current monitoring
  • Microcontroller intelligence

Gallery

  • Explorer 8
  • Super Scorpio +
  • Super Scorpio 8
  • Explorer 6