This project consisted of redesign and retrofit of a fluid swivel and top-end hinge support for a pair of 500-hp omni-directional ship’s thrusters. The thrusters were used for dynamic positioning of a 185′ research vessel. The fluid swivel supported 6000 psi hydraulic pressure and included a pair of 2-inch primary flow ports plus case return and position feedback sensor.
This electronic chip production tooling module includes a bayonet mount with over-center latch. It provides quick change-over while maintaining precision referencing of product to the tooling. The machine interface includes electrical and fluid connections with coded flagging for automatic tool identification and monitoring. A specially designed actuation system supports high speed tool motion while limiting accelerations on delicate electronic components and avoiding part ejection.
This custom designed machine uses standard sanding belts to accurately clean and true the ends of both straight and bent fiberglass pipe. Designed to be quickly adjusted, this machine can handle pipe sizes from 2-8 inches. Pneumatic controls and a dust containment system minimizes health and safety risks.
These 50-hp, 5000-psi hydraulic thrusters were custom designed for on-water propulsion and dynamic positioning of an amphibious aircraft. They provide 360° continuous azimuth capability with heading feedback for integration with the satellite navigation system. Special features support manual through-hatch deployment and attachment.