Cable Penetrators Developed for Underwater Robotics

By Mike Ball / 08 Jun 2021
Blue Robotics WetLink Penetrator
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Blue Robotics WetLink Penetrator

Blue Robotics has announced the launch of the WetLink family of products for ROVs (remotely operated vehicles) and other UUVs (unmanned underwater vehicles).

The new product line includes the WetLink Penetrator, the company’s next-generation solution for high-pressure, high-reliability sealing of electrical cables as they pass into enclosures or other devices.

The WetLink Penetrator is rated to a depth of 950 metres (3116 feet) and offers validated reliability at lower cost than subsea connectors or other penetrators. The design is based on a compression gland seal design, optimized for sealing rubber jacketed cables at the high pressures found in the ocean. Blue Robotics’ development effort was focused on testing and reliability, with a thorough validation through extreme operating conditions.

The WetLink Penetrator is currently available with compatibility with 6.0-6.5mm cable diameters, and a full product line with various diameters and constructions will follow in the near future. The product is now standard on the company’s T200 Thruster used in the BlueROV2.

Rustom Jehangir, CEO of Blue Robotics, commented: “The WetLink Penetrator represents a huge step forward in Blue Robotics’ history. It’s part of a fundamental shift towards reliability and ruggedness while maintaining the low prices and fast availability that have been a key part of our company mission.”

Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact