University of S. Florida Vessel Upgrade

Instrumented Hanging Block
RV Weatherbird II
Bellows Local LCI-90i
Bellows Local LCI-90i
Weatherbird II Local LCI-90i
Weatherbird II Remote LCI-90i
Weatherbird II Local LCI-90i
Weatherbird II Remote LCI-90i

The R/V Weatherbird II has been the flagship of the FIO fleet since February 2009 following its acquisition and renovation.

The 115-foot, 194-ton vessel has since become one of the nation’s most storied research vessels after its repeated voyages to carry out scientific missions in the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill catastrophe.

 For more than 30 years, the R/V Bellows has worked along the Florida estuaries and coastlines as a floating laboratory for scientists and students.

Rugged Controls implemented a complete installation of winch monitoring systems aboard both vessels.  

The existing winches did not have any line parameter monitoring sensors installed so Rugged Controls designed a new system based on the LCI-90i displays, instrumented hanging blocks and PC acquisition software. 

Both vessels utlilized the ability of the LCI-90i multi winch interface to allow one display to interface to several winch sensor suites.  

External selector switches allowed operators the ability to change winches, automatically loading the applicable calibration functions.  

All data was logged to a PC of oppurtunity running WicnhDAC software, allowing data rates of 20 Hz to be logged.  

Project Features:

  • RV Bellows
  • RV Weatherbird II
  • Complete Ship Sets
  • Instrumented Hanging Blocks
  • Multi Winch LCI-90i Local Displays
  • WinchDAC Software
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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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