Schilling Robotics’ ROV earns new technology award

By March 24, 2011

Davis-based Schilling Robotics LLC, experts in subsea systems, has received a 2011 Spotlight on New Technology Award from the Offshore Technology Conference for its new Heavy-Duty Remotely Operated Vehicle.

The honor, which recognizes innovative technologies that significantly impact offshore exploration and production, was awarded to Schilling for the HD’s technological advancements, a news release said.

Schilling’s HD is a 150-horsepower, 4,000m-rated, work-class ROV that is “designed to elevate the performance and effectiveness of deepwater remote intervention,” the news release said. “The HD simplifies ROV operation and maintenance through the application of an enhanced, integrated system design. This allows operating personnel to focus on the requirements of their customer instead of primarily focusing on piloting or maintenance skills.”

One of the most significant advancements with the HD is the adoption of modular mechanical, electrical and control subsystems, which reduce the time requirements for all maintenance tasks to one hour or less. This step-change improvement will enable ROV operators to increase operational efficiency, which is particularly critical on projects where vessel day-rates can be as high as $500,000 per day, the company reported.

“This award recognizes the commitment and dedication that our employees have made to elevate the performance and reliability of ROV systems,” said Tyler Schilling, CEO of Schilling Robotics. “The subsea industry is maturing at a rapid pace, and ROVs have an ever increasing role in both the technical and commercial success of every deepwater project.”

The HD reflects Schilling’s 25 years of experience in advancing industry expectations of remotely operated systems, as well as the company’s long-term collaboration with FMC Technologies in the development of technologies to improve remote intervention of subsea equipment.

“Deepwater operations present a unique set of challenges that require innovative solutions, and the HD addresses these challenges by significantly simplifying system design while achieving superior performance,” the news release said.

Schilling will receive the OTC Spotlight on New Technology award during a ceremony and news conference on Monday, May 2. The HD ROV will be on display in the FMC Technologies booth during a conference May 2-5 in Houston.

Schilling Robotics is a global, deep-ocean robotics company founded in 1985. In 2008, FMC Technologies Inc. acquired a 45 percent interest in Schilling. FMC is a global provider of technology solutions for the energy industry. FMC designs, manufactures and services technologically sophisticated systems and products, such as subsea production and processing systems, surface wellhead systems, high pressure fluid control equipment, measurement solutions, and marine loading systems for the oil and gas industry. For more information about Schilling Robotics, visit www.schilling.com.

The Spotlight on New Technology program gives exhibitors an opportunity to gain visibility for their latest and most advanced hardware and software technologies at the world’s largest event for the development of offshore resources. Winning technologies were selected based on five criteria: being less than two years old, being innovative, being proven, having broad interest and providing significant impact beyond existing technologies. For more information, visit http://www.otcnet.org/2011/pages/general/awards.php.

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