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Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 13:45
In conjunction with Thern, Liquid Waste Technology, CH2M Hill & the US Army Corp, MTNW installed 15 RL-05 running line tensiometers (RLTs) to monitor line tension on the winches supporting the Washington Aqueduct Settling Ponds.A primary challenge facing complex winch installations with multiple turning sheaves, large cable runs, and remote operations is understanding line tension while the winches are in operation. Going from theoretical loads to the real world line tension can often provide surprising results. In support of operator... + continue reading
Monday, March 26, 2012 - 14:47
We’ve recently completed the instrumentation of the largest sheave assembly we have had come through our shop. Last year, we were approached by Tidewater to build a hanging sheave assembly for a workboat A-frame that would accommodate the bending radius of 1.5” Amsteel Blue rope and 60,000lbs, the peak expected tension of the application.We worked with Supreme Integrated Technologies (of Harahan, LA) and Skookum, an Ulven Forging company (or Hubbard, OR), to build a 6 foot tall and 3.5 foot wide sheave. To provide payout and speed monitoring,... + continue reading
Friday, February 3, 2012 - 19:13
The Offshore Oil & Gas industry takes us to remote parts of the world that provides unique challenges and dangers. Our offshore customers, Noble, Rowan, and others require our engineers to go through BOSIET training.  The BOSIET (Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training) program at the Marine Survival Training Center in Lafayette, LA is a three day course that introduces marine offshore hazards, safety techniques and equipment, and basic sea survival. Recently, one of our engineers, Adam Przybilla, went through this... + continue reading
Friday, February 3, 2012 - 19:04
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Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 16:13
             November 7, 2011. Seattle, WA. Measurement Technology NW (MTNW) announces the successful implementation of its running line tensiometer technology with the US Army Corp of Engineers Dredge Potter. MTNW collaborated with C&J Offshore and Ockerman Consulting to ensure the mooring line monitoring project was successful from the initial design to the final installation and commissioning. The US Army Corp of Engineers Dredge Potter is based near St. Louis and is... + continue reading
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 11:48
 Measurement Technology NW (MTNW) implemented its running line tensiometer (RLT) technology with a Samson synthetic rope in an offshore mooring monitoring project engineered by Delmar Systems. This implementation is MTNW’s first use of tension measurement technology with 2”+ synthetic ropes. Recently, Delmar Systems was contracted to moor an offshore supply vessel (OSV) to a major offshore platform in the Gulf of Mexico. The OSV is being used as a support vessel while dive operations are conducted. The OSV is using a three-point... + continue reading
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 14:31
Tension Monitoring for Subsea Cable Laying   In subsea cable laying operations, it is imperative to understand the tension on the cable that you are laying on the ocean floor.  Too little tension and the cable will potentially kink under the vessel, too tight and the cable could break internally.  Once a cable has been bent or broken the entire span is unusable.Often subsea cables will cost millions of dollars and the laying of the cable is a high-profile event with many observers…the cable manufacturer, the insurance... + continue reading
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 11:42
Here is the press release regarding the Adamac project described in the blog post below.http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011bargemooring/03anchorwinchmonitoring/prweb5175084.htm
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 20:53
This January we had the opportunity to bring our barge winch monitoring system to Port Harcourt, Nigeria in support of a local oil and gas services company based there. The Gulf of Guinea is one of the hot new oil patches and it is becoming as criss-crossed with sub-sea pipes as any ocean in the world.   Oil companies operating there have to be very careful about where they place their anchors for mooring.  And, they need to know immediately if one of their anchors is slipping and could potentially pull through other nearby... + continue reading
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 20:47
 Being from the Pacific Northwest, and specifically from the Norwegian/Fisherman’s Terminal area of Seattle, we have always thought that our products and services should play a bigger role in the fishing industry. And now, they are!In the last year, we’ve started to sell trawl winch monitoring systems into the Pacific and Atlantic trawl fishing fleets. Like most industries, winch operators in the fishing industry have worked from “gut feel” about how much tension or speed their winch systems, nets, and cables could support. Now, however,... + continue reading

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Rugged Controls is an ISO 9001 certified manufacturer of rugged programmable controllers, sensors, instrumentation, controls and automation equipment used in industries ranging from oil & gas, industrial, oceanographic to mining to construction. Our brand of multivariable controllers is continually selected in mission-critical applications where rugged durability, viewability, accuracy and data acquisition is required.

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