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TECH FILES: New Products

Autonomous Drone Inspections

Sulzer & Schmid Laboratories AG launched a new inspection platform, the 3DX HD which has been developed to cost-efectively handle large volumes of high defnition blade inspections in the ofshore wind market. Based on the

DJI M-210 drone, the 3DX HD is designed to deliver high performance and fully autonomous drone inspections at a favorable cost. “Our drone inspections ofer a myriad of benefts: they are automated and therefore immune to human error, repeatable and consistent in quality while covering 100% of the blade,” said Tom Sulzer, Co-founder of Sulzer Schmid. “Most importantly, the fully digital end-to-end process creates a foundation for trend analysis and predictive maintenance.” The new 3DX HD product is compact enough to be checked-in as regular luggage for air travel and can be deployed easily on CTV ships for Ofshore Wind inspections.

Corvus Energy for Five New Fjord1 Ferries

The fve ferries are a Havyard design and will be built in Havyard Shipyard in Leirvik, Sogn. Photo: Corvus

Corvus Energy was selected by Norwegian Electric Systems (NES) to supply lithium ion battery-based energy stor- age systems (ESS) for fve new all-electric ferries being built by Havyard for Norwegian ferry operator Fjord1. To date, Corvus Energy has supplied ESSs on eight Fjord1 electric ferries operating on four Norwegian coastal routes.

These fve latest all-electric ferries are of Havyard 932 design and will be built in Havyard Shipyard in Leirvik,

Sogn. Each ferry is 67m long, able to carry 50 cars and equipped with air-cooled Corvus Orca Energy ESS that will supply electrical power to the ferry’s NES all-electric power and propulsion system.

ABI-CAR Welding Tractors

Abicor Binzel enters the Hard Automation arena with the launch of its frst Welding Tractor product ABI-CAR. ABI-

CAR Tractors, which will initially come in three models – including one with an oscillator feature, boast a durably constructed carriage design and easy to use interface to allow welding professionals to easily operate the tractor.

A strong magnet base lets the ABI-CAR be used for horizontal and vertical welding positions. The tractors come with a variety of cross support and clamping options for user-specifc product customization based on the applica- tion.This is the frst product rollout for ABICOR BINZEL in the Hard Automation welding space, with several additional Hard Automation-focused products set to be introduced over the next couple years, including additional features and models to the ABI-CAR lineup.

BioGrease HDS 2

BioBlend Renewable Resources announced its newest lubricating grease for dredging applications, BioGrease HDS 2. When it comes to clamshell or dragline dredging, there are multiple lubrication requirements. The large clamshell has two primary lubrication points, the hinge pin and the sheave, and proper lubrication of these components is crucial. Extreme pressure and water wash-out, provide a challenge for lubricants, especially in salt water. Therefore, poor lubrication can lead to wear that causes premature failure of the pin and sheave, costing contractors time and money for repairs. BioBlend’s BioGrease HDS 2 meets the standards for the EPA’s Environmentally Acceptable

Lubricants (EAL’s). BioGrease HDS 2 is available in drums, kegs, pails and case tube allotments.

CWind Digitizes with CrewSmart

CWind has implemented CrewSmart’s management support service across its feet of 21 crew transfer vessels (CTVs) and team of ofshore wind technicians. The cloud-based CrewSmart system provides CWind with control over personnel and feet administration, optimizing the overall efciency of the operations team. CrewSmart’s cloud- based system provides an end-to-end management platform, enhancing CWind’s ability to deliver against the key metrics of vessel availability and ‘time on turbine’ for technicians. CrewSmart provides a single management plat- form that integrates directly with other mission-critical software tools. The system has been integrated with CWind’s existing vessel monitoring platform, BareFLEET, providing CWind with a single point of access to all performance data from across the feet. 53

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