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Moog Focal

Dartmouth, NS Canada

McLane Research Labs, Inc.

President & CEO: Craig Bowers, Managing Director

E. Falmouth, MA

Focal Technologies, a Moog Inc. company, specializes in pro-

President & CEO: Susumu Honjo viding electrical slip rings, ? ber optic rotary joints, hydraulic util- ity swivels and ? ber optic multiplexer solutions for the worldwide

McLane Research Laboratories, 2017 Small Business Ex- marine industry including ROV, seismic, FPSO turret and ocean- porter of the Year for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is ographic applications. Product features include hybrid packages a leader in-situ time-series oceanographic pro? lers, samplers, that combine ? ber, electrical, and ? uid rotary joints for harsh en- and ? otation. McLane products help worldwide investigators vironments, explosion proof/? ameproof for hazardous locations achieve their research and scienti? c goals by providing ad- and adaptation to customers’ size and mounting constraints. vanced, cost-effective instrumentation. Electrical slip rings are electromechanical devices that allow

McLane Research Laboratories, Inc. was founded in 1983 to the transmission of power and electrical signals from a sta- manufacture and develop advanced time-series instrumenta- tionary to a rotating structure. A slip ring can be used in any tion to the international oceanographic community. Through electromechanical system that requires unrestrained, intermit- long-term R&D programs, and its association with diverse tent or continuous rotation while transmitting power and/or research projects, McLane has established a signi? cant base data. It can improve mechanical performance, simplify system of knowledge and proven technology in support of our objec- operation and eliminate damage-prone wires dangling from tive. A leader in technology transfers in the ? eld of oceano- movable joints. Focal also designs, manufactures and deliv- graphic instrumentation, the company maintains signi? cant ers unique ? oating production system (FPS) swivels to meet development, innovation, and commercialization capabilities. the demanding requirements of offshore operators worldwide.

McLane’s commitment to its customers and their science is a FPS swivels are used in a variety of ? oating production sys- core value, with emphasis on support, service, and training. tems including buoys, turret moorings and offshore loading

The company produces three main product lines: pro? lers, sam- towers. Focal multiplexer products offer a range of time di- plers and ? otation. Within pro? lers, McLane offers the Ice Teth- vision multiplexers and wave division multiplexers. These ered Pro? ler (ITP) and the McLane Moored Pro? ler (MMP). multiplexing techniques can be used to simplify optical trans-

Samplers include ? agship Sediment Traps, as well as the Re- mission systems and reduce cost, improve reliability, reduce mote Access Sampler (RAS), Phtoplankton Sampler (PPS), and weight and enhance performance. Fiber optic rotary joints are

Large Volume Pumps. In addition, McLane’s in-situ laboratory a means to pass signals across rotating interfaces, particular- platforms, Environmental Sample Processor (ESP) and Imaging ly when transmitting large amounts of data. Ruggedized for

FlowCytobot (IFCB), support emerging genomic and optical harsh environments, compact sizes and a variety of custom research methods for automated time-series oceanography and con? guration options. Fluid Rotary Unions are currently used limnology. McLane also manufactures glass and steel ? otation, around the world to ensure reliable transmission of life sup- as well as custom instrument housings. McLane instruments are port, process, power and control ? uids. Condition monitoring central to many long term global projects and cruises including solutions reduce operating costs using optical monitoring and such initiatives as OOI, GEOTRACES, and the RAPID array. slip ring sensors to enable preventative maintenance.

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