The right ROV-cable: extending lifetime and maximizing performance

Jul 24, 2018 11:19:09 AM / by Peter Brussee

Right now, more than thousand work-class ROVs worldwide are doing their work underwater. They’re used for various tasks, such as repairs and maintenance, trench digging and drilling. Because these activities are taking place at increasingly great depths, ROV manufacturers face the challenge of coming up with innovative solutions to make sure the lifetime of these cables is sufficient. To extend this lifetime, there are a couple of things to be considered.


This is important, as cables are one of the most important parts of a system in a lot of industrial applications. But how do you make sure there's less failure and a better performance, while saving on costs? Let's dive deeper into that. 


The ROV cable: the power of the connection

Choosing the right cable for your subsea project, is a great way to save on cost. Thanks to new umbilical, tether and cable systems, we can dive to greater depths. The new generation of ROV cables guarantees maximum performance and fewer cases of failure to boot. The result? Save on costs as a result of less failure and dive deeper thanks to lighter cable solutions. In short, the new generation of ROV cables is not only going to be lighter, but it’s also going to be much stronger and last longer.


Lower costs thanks to hassle-free operation

Less failure means lower costs: for many ROV operators it’s essential that a work-class ROV continues to operate smoothly under any conditions. When an ROV breaks down, the costs are high. Parts and maintenance already cost a pretty penny, but these are often easily exceeded by the expense of suspending a project. The timely installation of a new after-market ROV cable can prevent a host of problems.


Dive deeper by adapting your system

Anyone wanting to dive deeper can opt to replace the cable system with an after-market solution. Right now, a cable design with a work depth of 4 kilometres weighs the same as its predecessor with 3 kilometres of rolled-out weight. The winch system doesn’t need to be replaced with this solution. Installing a new ‘drop-in’ cable will do the trick.


A new generation of ROV cables

New cable solutions are therefore a compelling way of saving on costs and improving the performance of work-class ROVs. Not only for ROV operators but also for ROV manufacturers. So replacing existing ROV cables on time with after-market cables that have been specially developed and tested for new and existing sub-sea challenges is an interesting option for operators. They last longer and deliver maximum performances in all conditions.


Saving money with the right cable-care for your subsea project

The last factor that can save a lot of money in the long run, is basic cable-care. The right maintenance guidelines will save you money as a result of less failure? In our whitepaper we highlight 10 things to consider when selecting and maintain a new ROV cable - guaranteeing a longer lifetime.  

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