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Cape Cod Confidential – Part 1

Cape Cod Confidential – Part 1

11-Oct-2014 Many members of the ocean engineering community are aware that the Cape Cod area in Massachusetts, USA is a worldwide centre for ocean science and ocean engineering with companies and organisations clustered around the world renowned Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).

UVS CTO, Darren Burrowes, was recently able to visit a number of these organisations and see first-hand the laboratories where new products are developed and the manufacturing facilities producing products for UVS customers in Australia.

Teledyne Benthos at North Falmouth Benthos was founded in 1962 a few miles from the research facilities at WHOI. Together with sister companies Teledyne Webb Research and Teledyne Gavia, Benthos provides system solutions as part of the Teledyne Marine Systems group. The combined group of companies manufacture acoustic communication products, positioning solutions, remotely operated vehicles, autonomous underwater vehicles, and profiling floats that work independently or together as networked undersea systems.

New developments at Teledyne Benthos include: 

• Glass Products. Investments in machinery, knowledge and staff have kept Benthos glass products at the cutting edge. Glass as a material for undersea products is low cost and with exceptional resistance to corrosion and pressure. By working with glass suppliers and improving in-house manufacturing techniques Benthos can offer an exceptional product providing both instrument housing and flotation in one product.

• Deep Tow Systems. 6,000m Deep Tow systems for customers in China were in production and test in the Benthos workshops. These products include side-scan sonar, customer furnished USBL systems, ancillary sensors (DVL, CTD) and are fully compatible with RESON multibeam sonars.  

• ROVs. The Benthos ROV line continues to evolve. A recent SeaRover delivery provided a customer with integrated BlueView 5000 3D imaging sonar. This "flying tripod" provided the user with a very powerful deployment option for the industry's leading infrastructure inspection sonar. 

• R12K Acoustic Release. The R12K released at Oceanology in March 2014 has been very successful. Benthos is interested to work with select markets to provide demonstrator units of this new, highly advanced, release. If you are interested in supporting a demonstration program please contact UVS.

UVS CTO Darren Burrowes with Teledyne Benthos Senior Product Line Manager Acoustics, Debbie King, at the new Benthos facility at North Falmouth



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