techNews Fireboy-XinteX’s Fire detection system receives Abs ApprovAl
shipbuilding robots From hyundAi DiD you know that one of the world’s largest shipbuilders Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), Ulsan, South Korea, is also one of the largest manufacturers of industrial robots? Recently, the company, which has manufactured robots for manufacturing cars, announced that it has developed mini welding robots for building ships. With its arm retracted, the compact welding machine measures 50 cm x 30 cm x 15 cm. The robot’s compact size make it ideal for areas that are inaccessible to human welders, and its six joints provide it with the flexibility to carry out almost all types for welding work at a speed similar to a human welder.
Installed software will enable the little automaton to perform operations such as steel cutting, blasting and painting. Hyundai Heavy says it plans to improve the robots to be used for building onshore/offshore facilities and construction equipment. Hyundai Heavy will begin using the welding robots during the second half of 2013. Beyond the shipbuilding robots, the company also manufactures 20 models of car assembly robots, 10 models of LCD handling robots, and is in the process of developing various types of surgical robots in association with Asan Medical Center.
Fireboy-XinteX inc., Grand Rapids, MI, now has ABS approval on its USCG Type Approved and IMO Solas Approved Elite RSM marine and offshore fire detection systems. Available for hosting up to 252 fire detection devices on commercial vessels, the Elite RSM Analog Addressable Fire Alarm Control Panels can be expanded and networked to become part of larger systems. E l i te R S M ’s au tomate d s y s te m set-up makes installing easy and simple to understand. It also features highquality marine grade Apollo protocol smoke and heat detectors and two full SLC loops and leading edge microprocessor-based electronics.
project cyclops: coming soon to An oceAn neAr you Project cycloPs may sound like a title for a future film, but its really the next big step towards harnessing subsea opportunities—at least according OceanGate Inc. A provider of deep-sea manned submersible solutions, OceanGate Inc., Seattle, WA, has announced that it will collaborate with the University of Washington’s Applied Physics Lab (APL-UW) to develop “Project Cyclops.” Under the $5 million contract, the university will supply a variety of forward-thinking designs, as well as engineering and prototyping services to OGI for the next two years. Scheduled to debut in 2015, Cyclops is a new 3,000-meter manned submersible that is expected to increase access to the deep ocean. Designed to be the most advanced and mobile deep-sea manned submersible in the world, the light weight Cyclops will enable scientists and explorers to travel up to 3,000 meters below the ocean’s surface to perform a variety of tasks, including scientific study and oil and gas exploration.
jotAchAr jF750 to provide pFp coating For jet Fires For oFFshore assets requiring some degree of jet fire protection, and owners demanding PFP materials that can demonstrate jet fire capability to ISO 22899, Jotun has developed Jotachar JF750. Unveiled at the OTC Show, Jotachar JF750 is Jotun’s next-generation passive fire protection (PFP) coating system that will help save time, lower costs and reduce risks. Jotachar JF750 is a mesh-free epoxy intumescent coating solution available to the market where jet fire protection is required for safety
critical steel structures, divisions and vessels. Its formulation “incorporates an advanced fiber matrix system” that is combined with a “robust and temperature stable insulating char.” The combination “eliminates the need for additional mesh reinforcement, reducing complexity and making it significantly faster to apply,” explains Jotun’s Andy Czainski. Extensively fire tested to all key industry standards, the system demonstrates structural fire protection for up to three hours.
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