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Introducing Our New ULX TMS


September 2015: We are pleased to announce the release of our new Ultra Long Excursion (ULX) Tophat TMS suitable for use with Work Class ROV systems.  The new unit complements the successful Extended and Compact TMS models that we already offer and can accommodate up to 1500m of 27mm high power tether giving, the ROV a 7-8km² operating area from a static vessel or platform.

The new TMS is also ideal for applications such as touch down monitoring as the long excursion enables the ROV to be mobilised on the pipelay vessel itself without the need for a second trailing ROV vessel.  This can equate to substantial cost savings on a project.

The ULX TMS delivers a class leading line speed of 60mpm permitting faster transit to and from the work site. It also employs a dynamic sheave drive assembly to manage the tether when picking up or paying out, ensuring an even wrap on the drum and minimising reverse bending and tether twist to prolong tether life.

The TMS is designed with ease of operation and maintenance in mind giving full access to all components.  Should a component need replacing, the operator does not need to remove anything other than the safety screen to gain access for fast replacement and rectification.

The TMS is fully DNV certified to 2.7-3 and has a 15t SWL stainless steel lift point giving a through frame lift of 9.5Te to cater for the largest work class ROV systems.  It can be used with all of SMD’s standard work class ROV systems including Quantum, Quasar, Centurion and Atom thus retaining the flexibility our customers have become accustomed to. In addition the unit can interface with other Work Class ROVs on the market when equipped with a suitable bullet.

The new TMS follows our modular design philosophy with respect to the hydraulic and electrical sub-assemblies.  Many of the Curvetech™ hydraulic components used on the ULX TMS are used on other SMD ROVs and TMS’, which help fleet customers who wish to capitalise on interchangeable components throughout their assets.  This also eases spare part management for clients.

The ULX TMS can be offered with a wide range of options and upgrades to suit customers’ requirements, including options for Gyros, Current meters, Pan & Tilts, Various Cameras and lighting arrangements. In addition we can offer this unit with of thrusters fitted to aid positioning of the TMS in the water column.  This solution uses a true four thruster vectored arrangement to give unrivalled positioning control.