New Range of Underwater ROV Tools Under Development

By Mike Ball / 11 Oct 2021
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ROV manipulator armOceanTools has developed a new range of subsea robotic tools and products for underwater ROVs (remotely operated vehicles). Having already designed and manufactured subsea cameras and pressure housings, the company has applied its underwater engineering expertise to an expanded product portfolio following a substantial period of growth and high levels of demand from their clients for reliable robotic technology.

The first product release is the OM-1, a compact single function electric manipulator arm designed for use on smaller ROVs. The grabber can be used for a range of applications, including recovering ordnance from the seafloor or for stabilising the ROV by holding onto an object. The jaw head is detachable, allowing for other attachments to be fitted by the operator, such as rope cutters, sampling bottles and a magnetic clamp.

Kevin Parker, Managing Director at OceanTools, commented: “We have plans to develop a wide range of subsea robotic products to serve our clients worldwide. Our launch customer is a leading manufacturer of smaller electric vehicles who approached us to design a variant of the OM-1 for their vehicles, and we were delighted to utilise the extensive experience of our engineering team to support them on this project. Longer term our intention is to offer multi-function electric arms as well as hydraulic arms for larger ROVs.”

“We would also like to thank our long-term partners Seatronics, for showcasing our new OM-1 manipulator fitted on to their VALOR observation ROV for our product launch.”

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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
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