August 2015 - Marine Technology Reporter

MTR 100: VideoRay

Posted by Irina Tabakina

212 East High Street, Pottstown, PA 19460
T: +1 610 458 3000
 E: [email protected]
CEO/President:     Scott Bentley
COO:        John Vestri
CTO:        Marcus Kolb
VP, Sales & Mktg.:     Chris Gibson
VP, Product Mgmt &
  Documentation:    Tom Glebas
No. Of Employees:      45
Square Footage:    40,000

Testing Capabilities   

Testing capabilities have always been an integral part of VideoRay’s facilities. Its headquarters in Pottstown, Pennsylvania includes a 5,000 gallon test tank and a pressure chamber. Every VideoRay ROV system and accessory undergoes a thorough inspection and in-water testing by one of our Quality Control managers before it is shipped. VideoRay’s Research & Development facility also contains several additional testing capabilities, including an outdoor pond.

The Case
VideoRay ROVs incorporate the latest underwater technology, and VideoRay continues to be the choice for the most challenging underwater operations, including the Costa Concordia salvage project and an 18-month deployment in the North Sea.

The Company

VideoRay is a leader in observation class Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) and the largest volume producer of ROVs in the world. With more than 3,500 units delivered to a wide range of organizations for a wide range of missions, hundreds of VideoRays work every day throughout the world underwater for port security, finding and retrieving objects, inspecting infrastructure both inland and offshore, and keeping divers safe from hazardous conditions.
Since the first systems were delivered in 1999, users have tried VideoRays in increasingly challenging situations and environments. Today, VideoRays can be found on every continent, and owners in a growing number of industries have learned to trust them for a variety of underwater inspection, location, and recovery applications where reliability is a necessity.  There are many reasons for VideoRay’s consistent success in a market that we essentially created – we pride ourselves on providing highly portable, rugged and reliable ROVs capable of accomplishing assigned tasks in a wide variety of operating conditions and mission objectives. Our systems are designed for professionals demanding easy to use, portable, versatile, and cost effective technology that can make them successful.

The Tech
The VideoRay Pro 4 incorporates the latest ROV design and technology, making it an advanced, capable, and versatile small ROV. Driven by a sleek, intuitive, and powerful software platform called VideoRay Cockpit, the Pro 4’s technology and advanced internal features make it a sector leader.
The Pro 4’s size, power, and minimal mass allow it to conduct missions that no other vehicle could perform in conditions that no other vehicle would attempt. Thanks to its compact size, comparatively low weight and ultra-low power requirements, the Pro 4 offers unparalleled remote deployment capability. Equipment set-up takes minutes, but missions can last as long as the operator is willing.
The VideoRay Pro 4 allows the customer to select accessories that work best for each specific operation. With the Pro 4 hardware in position, operators can easily incorporate a variety of tools, software, and sensors developed specifically around the Pro 4’s size and capability. Options include vehicle autonomous control, manipulator arm for retrieving objects and cutting lines, and sonar imagery and positioning systems for navigation, target marking, and target acquisition and reacquisition. VideoRay’s ROV systems and accessories are all “plug and play,” meaning capabilities can be added or removed with either a simple software update or a quick hardware add-on in the field. 


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