PLUS is a cost effective 1000m rated work tool. The control
system is a standard SEAEYE product and thus fully field proven
throughout the range of SEAEYE vehicles. SEAEYE’s own brand
of 316 stainless steel metal shelled connectors are generally
PLUS incorporates the very latest carbon fibre composite
material technology. Buoyancy is provided by light weight, immensely
strong carbon fibre pods and some syntactic foam is also used.
All vehicle electronics are housed within the carbon-fibre pods.
Composite material technology provides the strength required without
the attendant problems of weight, corrosion and maintenance.
use of modern CAD techniques, coupled with the latest composite
material technology, allows the PANTHER PLUS design to weigh approximately
sixty percent less than ROV systems with a similar performance
envelope. This in turn requires smaller, lighter and less expensive
launch and deployment systems. SEAEYE SM5 brushless DC thrusters
are used throughout. Seaeye brushless DC units are fully field
proven with hundreds in use worldwide. Our brushless technology
ensures small, efficient, powerful thruster units. PANTHER PLUS
provides the user with maximum payload availability and volume.
video system includes four simultaneous TV channels using fibre
optic multiplexers and two fibre optic paths in both the tether
and armoured umbilical cable. This provides for two piloting cameras
and two boom cameras, or a rear facing camera and a manipulator
camera; such is the flexibility of this system.
polypropylene chassis is unencumbered with hydraulic pumps, valve
chests, filters and piping. Thus PANTHER has a relatively low
drag co-efficient, minimising the need for under slung tooling
packages. PANTHER is able to carry sonars, two multi-function
manipulators, stills camera, various video cameras, inspection/survey
equipment and customised tooling. Dual scanning profiling sonars
for trench applications, pipe-trackers and cable trackers may
also be carried. The SEAEYE comprehensive video overlay is standard.
performance and capabilities are aimed specifically at operations
which would normally require much larger, heavier and more expensive
vehicle systems. Easy access is provided for interfacing various
equipment carried by the vehicle for offshore tasks.
Depth rating: 1000m.
Fwd thrust: 220Kg.
Lat thrust: 170Kg.
Vertical thrust: 75Kg.
Propulsion: 10 SEAEYE SM5 brushless DC thrusters
providing full three dimensional control of the vehicle. Configuration
is two vertical and eight vectored horizontal units. 3 kts fwd;
1.6 kts lateral.
Vehicle electronics are contained within a rugged, environmentally
sealed atmospheric housing made from Carbon-fibre composite material.
The pods contain both water and vacuum alarm systems. Pods are
fully protected by GRP covers.
system: Four simultaneous video channels via fibre optical
systems are standard. Optical multiplexers are sited within the
vehicle unit with their de-multiplexers sited in the surface JB.
& Tilt: Two axis SEAEYE PT02 electrical pan and tilt
Two individually controlled lighting channels. Each channel
is fitted with two SEAEYE 150 watt lamp units.
Flux-gate compass with solid state rate sensor for enhanced azimuth
depth Sensor: Honeywell PPT-R with " 0.1% ("
2m) accuracy of fsd.
Pilot: Full automatic pilot is provided for depth and
150m tether capacity using oil-filled terminations at both vehicle
unit: Housed in a portable steel enclosure. Contains
both vehicle and TMS control electronics and TMS control functions.
Small self-contained hand control unit containing all
vehicle control functions, on a 6m flying lead.
PSU: Power Supply Unit, mounted in a steel cabinet and
supplied with three phase AC power. Integrated isolation transformer.
Power dissipation: 14 kva.
PLUS T.M.S. SPECIFICATIONS
Construction: All steel construction with polypropylene
tether bobbin and baffles. All steel components are galvanised
and two-part epoxy painted in white. All fasteners are of stainless
steel. The T.M.S. frame is designed to allow the use of camera
booms and pipe-tracking equipment.
Width : 1400 mm.
Height: 2180 mm. (To top of lift pin.)
Weight: 1800 kg. (Including base vehicle and tether.)
Depth rating: 1500 metres.
All polypropylene construction with central boss being constructed
of aluminium, hard anodised. Motor drive for the baling arm is
provided by a SEAEYE thruster motor utilising a hard rubber universal
coupling to baling arm gearbox. A tether level wind is also incorporated
into the baling mechanism.
T.M.S. Control Bottle
Hard anodised aluminium cylinder with piston sealed ends. SEAEYE
metal shelled connectors are used throughout.
Surface Control Unit
Integrated into the Surface Distribution Unit, it provides "IN
& OUT" control of the tether, via a front panel toggle
switch, IN, OUT and OFF; biased to OFF. Video overlay provides
a digital counter, which displays the number of turns of the baling
arm. Providing precise information as to the number of turns of
the baling arm, both IN and OUT.
filled junction box
A hard anodised oil filled and compensated vessel providing a
central termination point for armoured down umbilical, tether
cable and TMS electronics pod. This unit allows fast and simple
electrical re-termination in the field should this become necessary.
1600m of 32mm OD contra-helically wound double armoured umbilical,
armour being of galvanised steel. Surface end to be terminated
into winch/slipring unit of clients choice. TMS end is mechanically
terminated into lifting device with certificate of conformity.
Electrical termination terminated into metal shelled connectors.
Includes 25m armoured deck cables.
150m polyurethane sheathed tether with oil-filled terminations
at both ends. This method ensures a fast turn round time in the
event of tether damage. This cable may also be used as the ‘free
Break strain: 1500Kg.
Weight in air: 520Kg/Km.
Weight in seawater: 175Kg/Km.
Minimum bend radius: 200mm. (Dynamic.)