August 2015 - Marine Technology Reporter

MTR100: Birns, Inc.

Posted by Irina Tabakina

1720 Fiske Place, Oxnard CA 93033
T: 1-805-487-5393
E: [email protected]
CEO/president: Eric Birns
Marketing Director: Amy Brown
Production Manager: Keith Gear
Engineering Manager: Jeff Kirby
Facility: Engineering and Manufacturing
Square Footage: 11,400 sq. ft.


Since its early days as a pioneer in the subsea lighting industry serving the U.S. Navy, BIRNS’ precision-engineered lighting lines have illuminated the depths. From the 33,000 lumen, 3km-rated BIRNS Snooper and the 16,000 lumen 1kW BIRNS Sirius to the BIRNS Doubly Safe Chamber Light, BIRNS lighting systems provide enhanced safety and effectiveness in working at depth.
BIRNS’ connector division was launched in 1990, and subsequent deep submergence, high density connector series’ like the 6km-rated BIRNS Millennium and BIRNS Primum lines resulted in global success. Both have configurable inserts, and can handle high and low voltage, with both high (≤ 3.6 kV) and low (≤ 600V) contact combinations. The BIRNS Millennium series also features coax, fiber-optic, and hybrids of electro-coax, electro-optical and electro-opto-mechanical configurations. The BIRNS Primum series is engineered for the heaviest power and electro-mechanical applications demands with exceptional resistance to physical abuse. BIRNS’ Electro-Opto-Mechanical (EOM) cable assemblies provide immense performance capabilities and are developed with precision to preserve the integrity of the delicate optical fibers. They deliver huge levels of power, signal and data and withstand extreme environments, providing load strengths of > 50,000 lbs.
BIRNS continues to blaze new technological trails, with quality certifications and manufacturing capabilities that meet or exceed the most exacting requirements. Its Quality System is certified to ISO 9001:2008 by DNV and complies with 10CFR50 App. B (NQA-1). The company’s world-class cable facility is SUBMEPP-certified to NAVSEA S9320-AM-PRO-020, only one of seven such commercial organizations in the U.S. All BIRNS QA personnel and production technicians are certified to both J-STD-001 and WHMA-A-620-A Class 3. BIRNS holds ABS Product Design Assessment Certification for all of its man-rated submarine and SAT-system penetrators.
Its team of dedicated engineers has deep in-field experience and uses the latest 3D parametric solid modeling software to deliver outstanding solutions with precision and speed. All designs are performed in model space. Whether it’s determining the correct pin configuration for a complex electro-optical hybrid connector cable assembly, developing a deep submergence underwater vehicle lighting system, BIRNS engineers enhance the quality and efficiency of every project from inception to delivery.
BIRNS utilizes advanced digital inspection equipment, including a Mitutoyo DCC CMM (Coordinate Measuring Machine) as well as a Video Measuring system, new technology that combines the power of an optical comparator with digital video, hi-res cameras, telecentric optics and LED illumination.

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