August 2015 - Marine Technology Reporter

MTR100: Allspeeds Ltd.

Posted by Irina Tabakina

Royal Works, Atlas Street, Clayton-Le-Moors
Accrington, Lancashire, BB5 5LW
Tel: +44 (0) 1254 615 100
E: [email protected]
CEO/ President: Colin Schroder
No. of employees: 40


For more than 30 years Allspeeds’ Webtool range of cutting tools has been standard equipment in ROV fleets around the world. Recently Webtool guillotine cutting technology has been developed for both maritime and subsea emergency disconnect systems, ensuring vessel / equipment integrity and crew safety.

Webtool is an Allspeeds brand and offers a broad range of cutting tools for ROVs and maritime and subsea emergency disconnection systems. In addition to a range of standard cutting tools,

Webtool is able to provide custom cutting equipment for use at any water depth. All work is carried out under the Quality System ISO 9001, guaranteeing quality of design, manufacturing, supply and after sales service.

Webtool is a technology leader in hydraulic guillotine cutting and gripping tools for use subsea, on deck and for deployment in emergency disconnect systems.

Suitable for cutting wire rope, guide wire, cables, hoses, umbilicals and fibre rope, Allspeeds cutting tool design allows for easy positioning of the cutter and is ideal for operation in confined spaces. In addition to blade-on-anvil cutting, recently Webtool has developed a new blade-on-blade cutting design. This requires less of the available cutting force capacity compared to the standard blade-on-anvil, increasing efficiency. However, the main benefit is the reduction in deformation of wire rope after the cut. By spreading the load, the wire is cut on both sides rather than cut and squashed. Maintaining the roundness of the steel wire section makes it much easier to re-use cut ropes during drilling operations.

A further recent development in Webtool cutting technology is the emergency disconnection tool for tugs and offshore support vessels, and subsea well intervention systems.


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