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TITAN 4 Manipulator, Now Available, Features In-arm Slave Electronics
Date: Monday, December 06, 2004 @ 15:25:51 EST
Topic: ROV NEWS


DAVIS, CALIFORNIA, Oct. 25, 2004 — Schilling Robotics, LLC, the technology and performance leader in subsea equipment, is now shipping the TITAN 4 manipulator system. The latest model in the company’s flagship TITAN product line features significant innovations resulting in a lighter-weight, less complex system that sets a new standard in reliability and performance.

“We’ve enhanced the already superior reliability of the TITAN line with a number of technical innovations in the TITAN 4 that improve performance, simplify diagnostics, lessen overall weight, and reduce the need for spare parts and service,” stated Wes Gerriets, Schilling Robotics’ vice president of sales and marketing, manipulator products.

Debuting this month, the TITAN 4 features a new design that relocates the downside slave arm electronics to the manipulator forearm. This enhancement eliminates the subsea slave controller, slave cable, and 79-pin wiring harness, freeing space for other equipment and resulting in simpler, more reliable downside electronics, and significantly faster control loop execution. A Schilling Robotics SeaNet cable connects the manipulator to vehicle power and telemetry, providing a robust, reliable attachment. In addition, this design reduces the TITAN system weight by approximately 18 kg (40 lb) in air and 9 kg (20 lb) in water. The standard depth rating for the TITAN 4 has increased to 4000 m (13,124 ft), and a 7000-m (22,967-ft) model is also available.

An upgrade kit available to TITAN 2 and TITAN 3 owners includes all components needed for upgrade to the in-arm slave electronics configuration. Installation is simple, and a technician who is familiar with the TITAN 2 or TITAN 3 can install the TITAN 4 upgrade in less than 4 hours.

A Schilling Robotics SeaNet cable connects the manipulator to vehicle power and telemetry, providing a robust and highly reliable attachment. The SeaNet cable’s connector head incorporates bright LED status indicator lights that allow first-level diagnostics to be performed solely by visual inspection. The lights show not only whether electrical power is being delivered to the slave arm, but whether the master controller is transmitting to the slave arm and the slave arm is responding. This information lets the operator quickly determine where to begin troubleshooting, without removing connectors, applying a voltmeter, or opening sealed enclosures. The system also detects missing or reduced slave arm position sensor signals.
Diagnostic lights on the in-arm slave electronics module indicate processor health. The system also detects missing or reduced slave arm position sensor signals, and diagnostic lights on the in-arm slave electronics module indicate processor health.

The TITAN 4 in-arm slave electronics operate on 24 VDC power. If a 24-VDC power source is not available, Schilling Robotics can supply a small power module that converts 90-260 VAC power to 24 VDC.

The first TITAN 4 system will go to Sonsub Inc. of Houston, Texas.

For more product information, contact Wes Gerriets, VP of Sales & Marketing, Manipulator Products, Schilling Robotics, wes.gerriets@schilling.com, or via phone, +1 530 753 6718.

About Schilling Robotics, LLC
Headquartered in Davis, Calif., Schilling Robotics designs and delivers the world’s highest-performing, essential building blocks for subsea equipment operating in the world’s harshest environments at the lowest total cost ownership (TCO). The company brings technology expertise and innovation in control, communication, and actuation gained through 20 years of market leadership to the distinct challenges facing customers in subsea environments and the subsea market. This combination led to the development of a revolutionary modular component approach, the Remote Systems Engine (RSE), to the design of subsea equipment that leverages commonalities across systems and applications to deliver highly reliable, easily integrated, lower-cost solutions. For information on the QUEST WROV, the RSE, and Schilling Robotics’ complete line of manipulator products, visit www.schilling.com or call +1.530.753.6718.

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November 12, 2004

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