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Jul
02

VideoRay Offices Closed Friday, July 3 For 4th Of July Holiday

VideoRay's offices in Pennsylvania will be closed on Friday, July 3, in celebration of the July 4th holiday. We thank everyone on the frontlines who are devoted to preserving the freedoms we enjoy in the United States. We wish you all an enjoyable and safe holiday weekend. 

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Jul
01

South Korean Rescue Team Brings New VideoRay Pro 4 Onboard

The Busan 119 Nakdong River Water Rescue Team in Busan, South Korea, recently purchased a VideoRay Pro 4 remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to support its operations.

The Nakdong River is one of the largest rivers in South Korea, and the 119 Water Rescue Team is responsible for overseeing safety, search and rescue activities along the river.

Prior to purchasing the Pro 4 system, the rescue team tested ROVs from numerous manufacturers. They chose the Pro 4 because it met several of their specifications -- easy to transport and deploy, underwater stability, successful target search, and ease of maintenance.

With the addition of the Pro 4, the rescue team is confident it will help in conducting safe and effective underwater searches along the river.
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Jun
23

There's Still Time To Sign Up For The VideoRay-Sonardyne Webinar This Thursday!

There are still some openings for the upcoming webinar this Thursday (June 25) entitled VideoRay vehicles + Sonardyne acoustics. The winning formula for your next underwater operation.

This webinar will provide insights on how to select the right submersible and underwater tracking system for your next search-and-rescue, inspection or survey mission. Get expert tips on how to optimize a Pro 4, Pro 5 or Defender for operations in shallow water, low-visibility and high-current environments – all while tracking the ROV's every move. The presentation will last approximately 30 minutes, followed by a Q&A.

Two sessions will be held. To register, click on one of the following links:

June 25, 2 a.m. EST (7 a.m. London time) Click here to register

June 25, 11 a.m. EST (4 p.m. London time) Click here to register

A VideoRay Defender equipped with Sonardyne’s Micro-Ranger 2 USBL system (on left side of ROV).
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Jun
18

VideoRay Pro 4 Proves Its Worth In Five Recent Drowning Victim Recoveries

Within the span of two days last week, five people were victims of apparent drownings in Colorado. And another person reportedly drowned this past Tuesday while swimming in Maryland. As fate would have it, a VideoRay Pro 4 submersible was relied on to locate and recover five of the bodies.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) used its Pro 4 to find two soldiers from a nearby U.S. Army base swimming in Lake Pueblo on June 12, and the Summit County Sheriff's Office in Colorado turned to its remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to locate victims in separate incidents on June 12 and June 13.

In the Lake Pueblo incident, news accounts indicate that CPW was called in following reports of two people who appeared to have drowned. Within hours of responding, CPW responders discovered the first body in six feet of water. Shortly thereafter, the Pro 4 located the second victim nearby in approximately 10 feet of water.

On the same day and nearly 100 miles away, CPW asked the Summit County Sheriff's office to help locate a missing fisherman in 16 feet of water at Antero Reservoir in neighboring Park County. Following a seven-hour search in four-foot-high weeds, responders located the body at 2 a.m. using the Pro 4.

The afternoon of June 13 brought more tragedy, this time at Dillon Reservoir in Summit County. According to a news release from the sheriff's office, the captain of a sailboat competing in a regatta at the reservoir accidentally fell overboard when a sudden storm arose. The storm, which packed winds exceeding 40 miles per hour, also caused several boats to capsize.

Over the next several hours, searchers tried to locate the victim with the help of the Pro 4 and water search dogs. Their efforts were thwarted when more storms with high winds entered the area.

The next morning, the search resumed, and the boater's body was discovered nine hours later by the VideoRay ROV in approximately 180 feet of water.

The sheriff's office has used the Pro 4 for 12 recoveries since acquiring the submersible in 2018. CPW, which obtained its Pro 4 in 2019, has deployed it for eight recoveries.

"The Pro 4 has been an amazing tool as we can give people the closure they need, but a majority of these drowning are avoidable if only they (the victims) were wearing personal flotation devices," said Sgt. Mark Watson of Special Operations in the sheriff's office.

In the Maryland incident, Howard County Fire and Rescue used its Pro 4 to successfully located a man who apparently drowned in the Patuxent River in Montgomery County. It took responders about three hours to find the victim after he submerged and failed to return to the surface, according to news reports.

Howard County Fire and Rescue has deployed the Pro 4 for four recoveries since obtaining the ROV in 2016. 

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Jun
17

VideoRay & Sonardyne To Present Webinar June 25 On Product Integration's "Winning Formula"

VideoRay is partnering with Sonardyne to present a webinar on June 25 entitled VideoRay vehicles + Sonardyne acoustics. The winning formula for your next underwater operation.

In this jointly-hosted webinar, Rob Cornick, vehicle specialist from VideoRay, and Tom Bennetts, pro-user of Ultra-Short BaseLine acoustic tracking systems from Sonardyne, will provide insights on how to select the right vehicle and underwater tracking system for your next search-and-rescue, inspection or survey mission. Get expert tips on how to optimize a Pro 4, Pro 5 or Defender for operations in shallow water, low-visibility and high-current environments – all while tracking the ROV's every move. The presentation will last 30 minutes, followed by a Q&A.

Please note that when registering, you'll see that the webinar's start time is 4 p.m. London time. That means the start time in the U.S. will be 11 a.m. EST.

To register, click on the following link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZGNYW47lT46tn4IF4EFPyA


The webinar is limited to 100 participants, so you're encouraged to register as soon as possible.

A VideoRay Defender equipped with Sonardyne’s Micro-Ranger 2 USBL system.
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Jun
03

VideoRay & ECHO81 Devise Innovative Method For Flooded Member Detection Surveys Using Defender ROV

(The following is a joint press release by VideoRay and ECHO81).

VideoRay, a global leader in inspection-class ROVs, has implemented the new groundbreaking ISFMD Flooded Member Detection (FMD) system manufactured by Impact Subsea, a UK-based subsea technology company specializing in high-performance sensors, as an available option for their Mission Specialist Defender series of Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs).

The Mission Specialist Defender is a robust ROV designed for precise control of the vehicle position and orientation, heavier payloads, and demanding intervention. As such, it has seven thrusters enabling it to move in any direction and maintain an active pitch to face the vehicle upwards or downwards, making it an ideal platform for FMD surveys. It is also capable of several third-party additions, now including the new ISFMD system to serve the oil and gas industry.

The ISFMD system is the first of its kind to utilize digital acoustic detection instead of typical harmful gamma rays to inspect offshore platform members or subsea pipelines for flooding as a result of cracking, damage, corrosion, and/or other defects. The ISFMD is suitable for small ROV deployments as it uses a compact broadband ultrasonic probe paired with an advanced digital signal processing engine to provide the most reliable readings on the market today. The ISFMD uses Impact Subsea's SeaView software for control, visualization, and data collection (FIGURE 1).

The ISFMD was supplied and supported by ECHO81, a U.S.-based equipment specialist for marine instrumentation and distributor of Impact Subsea products, to facilitate the successful 30-day trial, where the ISFMD proved it could reliably detect flooded members as large as nine meters in diameter.

"Flooded Member Detection is a key capability for our offshore users," said Scott Bentley, CEO of VideoRay. "We are proud to have the Impact Subsea system – the acknowledged leader in this field – as a tool on the Defender. It will be a game-changing upgrade for our infrastructure inspection partners."

Ben Grant, Managing Director of Impact Subsea, commented: "In collaboration with our USA representative, ECHO81, we are delighted to support VideoRay in the provision of the Impact Subsea Flooded Member Detection System. The highly compact and powerful nature of our ISFMD system aligns perfectly with the extremely capable and compact VideoRay ROV. This collaboration enables a very cost-effective method of performing Flooded Member Detection surveys."

Lisa Brisson, VP of Operations at ECHO81, stated: "The combination of these two great products offer the oil and gas sector a powerful yet compact solution for flooded member and pipeline inspection surveys unlike anything else we've ever seen."

The ISFMD system is now available for purchase as an option to the Defender series ROV systems. 

For more information, click here.


SeaView software showing the Subsea probe’s orientation relative to the underwater member, echoes received with energy levels and correlation value, liquid level reading (if liquid is present), etc. providing a quality check for each reading obtained.
Instructional video on how to use the ISFMD system is available by clicking on the photo.
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Jun
01

Case Study Highlights How VideoRay Benefits From Bender Electrical Monitoring Components

Bender, a VideoRay supplier that provides electrical monitoring components for our ROV control consoles, has posted on its website today a blog entitled "Case Study: VideoRay and Underwater Electrical Safety." For over 80 years, Bender's mission has been to make electrical power safe. Discover how VideoRay and Bender technologies mesh well together here.



The Bender IsoRW425 Insulation Monitor (yellow component) as seen inside VideoRay’s control console.
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May
21

PA State Police Use Defender To Help Recover Drowning Victim

Members of the Pennsylvania State Police Marine Operations Unit in Philadelphia, which recently acquired a VideoRay Defender for search and rescue efforts, found themselves transporting the submersible to the other side of the state earlier this week to assist with a drowning victim recovery effort.

According to news reports, a 10-year-old boy accidentally fell into the Ohio River in Beaver County on Monday, prompting a major search that included divers, a helicopter, and a search dog. The state police marine unit arrived on Wednesday morning with the Defender, which is shown in the water in one of the video news reports.

Strong river currents and low visibility made it difficult to conduct the search, but a local fire department official told reporters that members of the state police marine unit knew exactly where the victim was underwater by using the ROV, leading to the recovery.

Here are links to other news reports:

https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2020/05/20/ohio-river-body-search-ambridge/

https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2020/05/20/body-found-in-beaver-county-near-ambridge/

This photo, taken from video shot by a news station in Pittsburgh, Pa., shows a VideoRay Defender joining a drowning victim search in the Ohio River.
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May
20

VideoRay Shares Views On Defense Industry Innovations In Latest Edition of Marine Technology Reporter

The May edition of Marine Technology Reporter features a roundtable discussion with ROV industry leaders, including Chris Gibson, VideoRay's Vice President of Sales, Marketing & Business Development, about subsea innovations in the defense industry. Check out the insights here.


Photo: Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific DISTRIBUTION STATEMENT A. Approved for public release. A VideoRay Defender approaches a mine target.
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May
13

VideoRay Defender Plays Major Role In "The Blowfish Project"

The VideoRay Defender is prominently mentioned in an article recently published online titled "Code Name - The Blowfish Project: DTRA Securing the Waterways." The article, which appears on the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service website, delves into the activities of the research and development arm of the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency, which "has invested in a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) system capable of identifying and neutralizing underwater improvised explosive devices (UWIEDs)."

In particular, U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Michael Bailey, program integrator for the Counter Improvised Threat Technologies Department, is quoted as saying: "Progress has enabled components of the Blowfish system to be integrated into a new ROV – the VideoRay Defender – which is destined to be part of a family of U.S. Navy EOD response vehicles."

Find out more about the Defender's role in this system here.

Courtesy photo: The Defense Threat Reduction Agency's Blowfish project recently demonstrated its capabilities during the Joint Exercise Arctic Edge 2020 in Juneau, Alaska in February 2020. During the exercise, Blowfish engaged the system’s underwater neutralization disruptor against surrogate underwater explosive threat targets. Initial integration with the VideoRay ROV was impressive. The system demonstrated 100% success in seven disruption attempts on varied target types.
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May
04

VideoRay Uses COVID-19 Limitations To Enhance Customer Delivery Experience

VideoRay is no stranger to remote collaborative meeting technology. Since a major expansion in 2013, all functions except Engineering moved to a larger office building in Pottstown, leaving Engineering a 15-minute drive away in Phoenixville. Since then, weekly meetings have been by teleconference, with many employees participating from remote locations while traveling. VideoRay's virtual meetings routinely have 12 to 15 people from 6 or more locations in several time zones throughout the world.

With recent government-imposed "work at home" orders in Pennsylvania due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of people in meetings has stayed the same, but the number of locations has increased, including those people who are working from home. While other aspects of social interaction are a bit constrained, meeting protocol and technology has not been impacted.

However, VideoRay now is handling complex tasks remotely that have never been attempted. When VideoRay defense systems are ordered by foreign military customers through the U.S. Foreign Military sales program, traditionally a team of experts from the customer and the U.S. Navy travel to VideoRay headquarters to confirm proper operation and conformance to specifications in a "Factory Acceptance Test" (FAT). This also allows the customer to become familiar with the operation of the systems and meet key Point of Contact (POC) representatives from VideoRay and vice versa. Despite the cost in time and expense for this operation, all involved have planned and budgeted for it during decades of government contracting.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, this process cannot take place. Recently a foreign Navy customer that had placed an order for multiple VideoRay Defender systems was prohibited from traveling, and U.S. Government representatives, key to the FAT process, were similarly restricted to their installations or their homes across the U.S.

To accommodate these travel restrictions, VideoRay updated the traditional FAT plan and made it virtual. In total, there were 14 representatives in 14 separate locations, in three time zones, participating in the virtual FAT process. There were several documents that required review and signature, and several tests that each individual component and system had to pass. Coordination between all parties was required. Each needed to "meet" and engage others at different junctures during the process. Historically there had to be a face-to-face forum where issues and questions could be raised and resolved.

In general, this task seems to be extremely difficult to accomplish with teleconferencing. Two issues come to mind:
• System performance verification generally requires the person "signing off" to witness various tests and procedures. Testing typically takes place on the factory floor, in a test tank and in open water.
• Many questions and concerns are typically brought up in "side conversations" rather than with the whole group's focus. It can be challenging to bring up something to the entire group when you only want to privately ask the one person who can most easily provide an answer.

During the week of April 21st, VideoRay, the foreign Navy customer and the U.S. Navy completed this process successfully. Our "lessons learned" include:
• Overall, the process went smoothly. While there is an element of trust involved, careful preparation, documentation, and collaboration meant that the outcome was very similar to unconstrained, in-person meetings.
• Preparation was key, with agendas sent and agreed to in advance, and a friendly but no-nonsense, no-chit-chat vibe during the meetings. The process went smoothly using Microsoft Teams.
• Documents before, during, and after the meetings were carefully managed and organized on a website, where navigation and presentation were very clean and intuitive. No special software or training was required to view or comment on them.
• All tests whether on the factory floor, in the test tank or in the field were video recorded, and these videos were integrated with other data and test results into the online reports.
• More people were able to participate at a lower cost. Typically, the customer and the U.S. Government spend thousands of dollars to attend FAT meetings. And they typically involve days away from the office. With the virtual FAT, the only expenditure was time spent participating in the meetings.

One of the exciting results of this process is that we expect to continue many aspects of these technologies and techniques after the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. The process, in many ways, was much more efficient and an effective use of time than the in-person process. However, some in-person interaction – such as when training in the use of the technology in the field – seems like it will always be necessary. But, VideoRay is working on an approach to that too.
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Apr
27

VideoRay And Sonardyne Demonstrate Benefits Of Combined Technologies

VideoRay LLC and Sonardyne International Ltd. have been working together to demonstrate enhanced remotely operated vehicle (ROV) operations through integration with positioning systems. 

UK-based underwater positioning specialist Sonardyne initially integrated Micro-Ranger 2 Ultra-Short BaseLine (USBL) technology with VideoRay's Mission Specialist Technology for ROVs in 2018. Since then, the systems have been deployed together in a range of applications from aquaculture to mine countermeasures operations.

Sonardyne's Micro-Ranger 2 USBL system is designed for shallow water tracking of divers and small ROVs and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs).
VideoRay's Defender and Pro 5 ROVs feature Mission Specialist Technology. This platform is designed using interchangeable, modular components, so it is an excellent fit for Sonardyne's Micro-Ranger 2.

In recent trials, the Defender was successfully equipped with a Micro-Ranger 2 and a Viper mine disposal system from ECS Special Projects. Viper is a twin-shot disruptor with the capability of deploying multiple "shots" during one dive mission.

"Micro-Ranger 2 worked flawlessly, accurately tracking the Defender as it deployed the Viper charge on a simulated manta mine," says Chris Gibson, Vice President of Sales, Marketing & Business Development at VideoRay. "It's a high-performance tool that gives our ROVs even more range and flexibility when matched with the Viper system."

Extremely portable and quick to mobilize, Micro-Ranger 2 can be deployed from any waterside location or vessel. This makes it ideal for supporting marine operations conducted in rivers, lakes and coastal waters. The system has an operating range of 995 meters and can update the position of each target being tracked up to twice a second.

Micro-Ranger 2 calculates the position of underwater targets using a transceiver at the surface to transmit an acoustic signal to transponders attached to each of the targets to be tracked. Using the return signal from each transponder, Micro-Ranger 2 determines its range (distance), bearing (heading), and depth, displaying the results on a radar-style software display.

ABOUT SONARDYNE
Sonardyne International Ltd. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacture of underwater acoustic positioning, inertial navigation, wireless communications and sonar technology systems for the offshore oil and gas, ocean scientific and maritime security industries.

ABOUT VIDEORAY LLC
VideoRay LLC is the global leader in inspection-class remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). VideoRay underwater robots help prevent terrorism, find and retrieve objects, inspect infrastructure both inland and offshore, and keep divers safe from hazardous conditions. To learn more about VideoRay, visit www.videoray.com, or call +1-610-458-3000.


For further information contact:

Sonardyne
David Brown, Head of Marketing
Phone: +44 (0)1252 872288
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VideoRay
Chris Gibson, Vice President of Sales, Marketing & Business Development
Office: +1 610 458 3004
Mobile: +1 610 517 5162
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A VideoRay Defender is outfitted with Sonardyne's Micro-Ranger 2 in these photos:

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Apr
24

VideoRay ROV At Center Of Action On New Netflix Teen Drama Show

Who would've thought a VideoRay ROV would have a guest role on a new Netflix teen mystery/drama series? But there it is, caught in action on the show Outer Banks.

Debuting on April 15, Outer Banks has as its premise: "On an island of haves and have-nots, teen John B enlists his three best friends to hunt for a legendary treasure linked to his father's disappearance."

That "treasure" is $400 million in gold buried in a sunken ship, and the VideoRay submersible is dispatched to help search for it in episode three titled "The Forbidden Zone." You can actually spot several shots of the ROV on its treasure hunt adventure.

Right now, Outer Banks is ranking among the top 10 shows on Netflix. Could the VideoRay ROV's guest appearance have something to do with that? And will the submersible's star shine even brighter in future episodes? Stay tuned….

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Apr
15

VideoRay and Depro partner for lighter, less expensive underwater operations equipment

Depro AS and VideoRay LLC have jointly announced a new partnership to develop and field lighter and less expensive equipment for underwater operations, primarily in the oil and gas sector.

Depro AS, with headquarters in Bryne, Norway, is a leading Engineering, Procurement, Construction (EPC) supplier with expertise in building remotely operated tools used in underwater operations for offshore oil and gas production. Ninety percent of Depro's customers are outside Norway.

VideoRay LLC is the global leader in inspection-class remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). VideoRay's Mission Specialist Technology is a customizable and flexible platform that uses a system of interchangeable, modular components. The philosophy behind the Mission Specialist approach is fitting each system to the exact sensors, tools, depth rating, and thrust needed for the job at hand, rather than retrofit accessories to a standard ROV.

With its new partnership, both companies are expanding the capabilities of companies in the oil and gas sector to inspect and clean their underwater assets rapidly, effectively, and at a much lower cost.

VideoRay and Depro are working under the VideoRay Integrator program, which empowers partners to develop and customize Mission Specialist technology to meet specific customer missions. Depro is VideoRay's first Offshore Oil & Gas Integration Partner.

"We believe the collaboration will strengthen the companies' position globally," said Kåre Stokkeland, CEO of Depro AS. "These are two companies that fit well in terms of both size and complementary technology. We have already sold the first ROV solution based on both technologies to a large customer."

Stokkeland believes strongly that the collaboration will result in new, attractive solutions that can challenge traditional ways of handling subsea operations, and which will be both simpler and significantly more affordable for operators and service companies.

"Our new partnership with Depro AS will result in the development of submersibles that will not only be lighter and easier to use, but will also be far most cost effective," said Scott Bentley, CEO of VideoRay. "In addition to the oil and gas industry, this collaboration will benefit other commercial and private customers.Our Mission Specialist systems were designed to be expanded by companies like Depro, and we're excited by what we've fielded so far, and the acceleration of this adaption for specific challenges and missions."

For further information contact:

Depro
Kåre Stokkeland, CEO
Mobile: +47 476 22 400
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Kenneth Olsen, Business Developer
Mobile: +47 404 19 938
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https://www.depro.no/


VideoRay
Chris Gibson, Vice President of Sales, Marketing & Business Development
Office: +1 610 458 3004
Mobile: +1 610 517 5162
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Apr
09

VideoRay Employees Join Fight Against COVID-19

VideoRay employee Tim Good didn't have to think twice when asked to help take up the fight against COVID-19.

"A longtime friend of mine called me and asked if I would join a group that was in urgent need of 500 protective face shields for first responders," said Good, an engineering associate. The friend knew Good had access to two 3D printers at VideoRay and sent him a design file to produce the shields. "I started making the shields on March 29."

Since then, Good and Steve Llewellyn, a sustainment engineer at VideoRay who personally owns a 3D printer, have cranked out dozens of the shields to donate to those locally on the front lines of the health crisis.

The shield was designed by Erik Cederberg and his coworkers at 3DVerkstan, a Swedish company.

The full-face visors are made with transparent acetate that's attached to a headpiece. Good said it takes approximately two hours to make three shields. He and Llewellyn have contributed some of their own materials to the cause.

"It seems like the right thing to do," Good said.

He noted that the 3D printers are usually used to make prototype parts for VideoRay's remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), but they have worked well in producing the shields.

Good and Llewellyn are also looking into making protective masks for VideoRay employees, but that they're in the experimental stage right now. 


VideoRay employee Tim Good displays the face shield being made with the 3D printer behind him.
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Apr
03

Beautiful Norwegian Lake Is Perfect Backdrop For Winning Photo

Jan Henrik Bentsen didn't need a fancy camera setup to capture a breathtaking photo of a VideoRay Defender perched beside a lake that's surrounded by snow-dusted mountains in southern Norway.

The panoramic shot captured first place in our 2019 photo contest, and with good reason. It's as if the Defender and the natural surroundings were meant for each other – a match made in Nordic heaven.

Bentsen, a structural engineer for Dagfin Skaar A/S, was on assignment to inspect and map an intake tunnel at a hydropower plant when he snapped the Defender photo with his cell phone. More specifically, he was using the ROV to inspect the intake gate, which was 150 meters into the tunnel.

"The tunnel has been water-filled since 1960 without the possibility of draining it," he explained.

Bentsen noted that the exact location of the tunnel entrance wasn't known, so the ROV was outfitted with both the Oculus 750 and Micron scanning sonar to pinpoint the entrance.

"Visibility was less than a meter, so the Defender's camera was mostly useless until we reached the gate," he said.

Bentsen pointed out that Dagfin Skaar has relied on VideoRay products since 2008, first starting out with a Pro 3, then moving on to a Pro 4 before upgrading to the Defender in 2018.

"The Defender is a great tool for the jobs we are doing," he said. "It's easy to mobilize and stable under water." 

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Apr
01

Greensea’s New Ship Hull Crawler Technology Launches with VideoRay Defender ROV

Greensea, creator of OPENSEA®, the open architecture robotics platform for the marine industry, has developed a new hull crawler that easily attaches a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) to a ship hull without magnetics and allows the operator to "drive" the ROV and payloads over the hull. Initial hull crawlers are designed to work exclusively with the VideoRay Mission Specialist Defender ROV. The hull crawler represents a milestone in Greensea's hull robotics program, which is advancing navigation and localization capabilities for a fully autonomous robotic hull inspection and proactive in-water cleaning solution.

"VideoRay is a valued Greensea partner with a dynamic and powerful ROV. We are pleased to be working with VideoRay to offer early models of our hull crawling technology. It's a natural extension of the work we've done together to provide the miniature ROV industry with an easy-to-use, highly-capable robotic system," said Ben Kinnaman, CEO of Greensea.

VideoRay and Greensea expect early adopters of the technology will use the Defender with the Greensea hull crawling attachment for hull inspection, surveying, non-destructive testing, and explosive ordnance disposal purposes.

"When VideoRay created our new Mission Specialist technology, we used a modular, open-architecture in order to allow the integration of our technology into a wide range of underwater tasks and missions," explained Scott Bentley, CEO of VideoRay. "This is one of several examples where our tools are by far the best available to deliver payloads and tool kits designed to solve difficult underwater problems. Our close integration with Greensea means that each of us can provide the other with best-in-class capabilities, resulting in an extremely powerful and unique product."

"The stability afforded by a crawler attached to a hull will enable inspection and intervention tasks with a degree of precision not possible with a small free-flying ROV," said Karl Lander, Greensea Program Manager. "Providing a stable base platform for a camera, laser imaging scanner, or manipulator will greatly enhance accuracy, and ultimately safety, by enabling small robotic systems to perform work previously requiring a diver."

In 2019, Greensea was awarded a Phase 2 R&D program through the U.S. Navy to develop a highly accurate navigation and autonomy solution for ship hull robots for the purposes of supporting autonomous proactive in-water cleaning. This program will utilize several of Greensea's core navigation and autonomy technologies including their work with inertial navigation systems in ferrous environments and feature-based localization. The hull crawler technology will provide the delivery mechanism for the advanced software being developed in the Phase II program.

Interested parties should contact Greg Probst, Greensea Vice President of Sales and Business Development, or Chris Gibson, VideoRay Vice President of Sales, Marketing & Business Development, for more information about how to participate in Greensea's hull robotics program or obtain additional information about the Defender ROV. Prototypes of the crawler technology for the Defender are available through Greensea and VideoRay. Early adopters will receive dedicated support and will be instrumental in providing feedback leading to final requirements and system design.

ABOUT GREENSEA SYSTEMS, INC.

Greensea is the creator of OPENSEA, an open architecture software platform, and is a world leader in navigation and autonomy technology for marine robotics. Greensea develops software and hardware that revolutionizes the working relationship between people and machines. They are known for innovative and powerful technology designed for in-the-field success by a team of industry-experienced engineers driven to help customers get their job done. Since opening in Richmond, Vermont in 2006, the company has successfully delivered more than 1000 OPENSEA-based systems to the manned and unmanned maritime industry. Greensea directly supports several military programs with products, training, and technology development, including Explosive Ordnance Disposal using miniature marine robotics, Special Operations Forces combat diving, and ship hull robotics. Greensea also provides OPENSEA software products and services to Original Equipment Manufacturers and leading developers and integrators throughout the marine industry. To learn more, visit www.greensea.com, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., connect on LinkedIn, or call us at +1.802.434.6080.

ABOUT VIDEORAY LLC

VideoRay LLC is the global leader in inspection-class remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). VideoRay underwater robots help prevent terrorism, find and retrieve objects, inspect infrastructure both inland and offshore, and keep divers safe from hazardous conditions. VideoRay's Mission Specialist Technology is a customizable and flexible platform that uses a system of interchangeable, modular components. The philosophy behind the Mission Specialist approach is fitting each system to the exact sensors, tools, depth rating, and thrust needed for the job at hand, rather than retrofit accessories to a standard ROV. The Defender and Pro 5 models are equipped with Mission Specialist Technology. To learn more about VideoRay, visit www.videoray.com, or call +1-610-458-3000.

For further information contact:

Greensea
Dawn D'Angelillo, Marketing Manager
Greensea Systems, Inc.
Office: +1 802 434 6080
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VideoRay
Chris Gibson, Vice President of Sales, Marketing & Business Development
Office: +1 610 458 3004
Mobile: +1 610 517 5162
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26

VideoRay and ECS Special Projects Announce New Integration Partnership Focused on Military and Commercial Opportunities

March 26, 2020 – VideoRay LLC and ECS Special Projects Ltd. have announced a new collaborative agreement aimed at expanding the capabilities of their products for military applications and the commercial market.

ECS Special Projects Ltd., which is based in the United Kingdom, has developed the Viper Mine Disposal System for the VideoRay Mission Specialist Defender. The setup employs twin shot Viper disposal systems with the capability of attaching to multiple targets. They can be initiated using a shock tube link to the surface or by using acoustic initiation.

Steve Randall, Operations Director at ECS Special Projects, said his company sees plenty of opportunities ahead as an Integration Partner with VideoRay.

"From the inception of the Mission Specialist concept we were eager to integrate our Viper Mine Disposal System onto the VideoRay Defender due to the ROV being unparalleled in its class," Randall said. "The Defender is one the most maneuverable vehicles in all directions, including its pitch function, enabling us to best showcase the full capability of our neutralization system.

"We anticipate with our collaborative agreement that we will create a fully integrated system that gives the end user a toolkit of options when out in the field to best deal with any unexploded ordnance or improvised explosive device threat."

Mark Fleming, a VideoRay sales representative who specializes in serving the military sector, pointed out that the collaboration engages a world-class ROV to deliver a highly sophisticated mine neutralizing payload.

"We're providing the tools necessary to safeguard the world's ports, harbors, ships, and other potential targets of explosive ordnance," Fleming said. "With ECS Special Projects as an Integration Partner, VideoRay is in a much better position to meet the demands of military services around the globe."

ABOUT VIDEORAY LLC

VideoRay LLC, with headquarters in Pottstown, Pa., is a global leader in the field of underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) used for observation and inspection. Since 1999, VideoRay has been designing, manufacturing, and marketing ROVs to transform the way people work underwater. Its products are designed to accommodate several different accessories for a variety of assignments.

About ECS SPECIAL PROJECTS LTD.

ECS Special Projects Ltd., with headquarters in Dorchester, England, works with several international companies to develop innovative and niche products for various market sectors including defense and commercial Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) companies. They use technology and creative thinking along with dedicated and motivated staff to assist customers in creating a product that meets their requirements.

For further information contact:

VideoRay
Chris Gibson, Vice President of Sales, Marketing & Business Development
Office: +1 610 458 3004
Mobile: +1 610 517 5162
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ECS Special Projects Ltd.
Steve Randall, Operations Director
Mobile: +44 773 431 5877
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Mar
18

Blueprint Lab and VideoRay Team Up with New Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Tool for U.S. Navy

March 18, 2020 -- Pottstown, Pa. -- Blueprint Lab and VideoRay LLC have jointly announced a new partnership to further integrate and field Blueprint Lab's Reach Alpha, the world's smallest, lightest, subsea manipulator system. A key application of this technology is rendering safe underwater mines on ships, shipping lanes, ports, and offshore infrastructure.

Blueprint Lab, with headquarters in Sydney, Australia, specializes in lightweight robotic arms for remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). The company develops systems for the military, oil and gas, and scientific communities. The Reach Alpha is a field-proven manipulator.Since it is highly modular and configurable, with 3-, 4- and 5-function versions available, it is well suited to the difficult and challenging tasks involved in underwater mine countermeasures.

VideoRay LLC, with headquarters in Pottstown, Pa., is a global leader in the field of ROVs used for observation and inspection. VideoRay has been awarded a contract by the Defense Innovation Unit to develop the Navy's next generation EOD response vehicle. Since 1999, VideoRay has been designing, manufacturing, and marketing ROVs to transform the way people work underwater.

The partnership between VideoRay and Blueprint Lab will further their close collaboration with the U.S. and other allied navies in the iterative process of refining tools, techniques, and mission planning to keep our forces safe and effective in the evolving technology of undersea warfare.

VideoRay and Blueprint Lab are working under the VideoRay Integrator program, which empowers partners to develop and customize Mission Specialist technology to meet specific customer missions.

Anders Ridley-Smith, Business Development Manager of Blueprint Lab, is excited about the opportunity. "Blueprint Lab has worked incredibly hard to develop robotic arms that are robust, dexterous, and intuitive to use. We're excited to bring these to the Navy through collaboration with VideoRay. Their ROV platform provides an advanced, powerful delivery system to bring our manipulators to bear on the threat environment and we look forward to pushing the boundaries of what's possible underwater."

"We're very excited about this collaboration, and what it means in extending the state of the art in EOD response underwater," said Scott Bentley, CEO of VideoRay. "The combination of the best underwater vehicle technology – our power, flexibility, and precise underwater navigation, and Blueprint Lab manipulator capabilities in dexterity, durability, and operator interface – are providing the best tool for our warfighters by far."

Blueprint Lab makes advanced robotic arms for harsh environments. Their high-quality, state-of-the-art robotic solutions help users push the boundaries of inspection and intervention. Specializing in light-weight robotic arms for Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs), Blueprint Lab develops systems that are reliable and field-proven, delivering cost savings and improving safety for militaries, the oil and gas industry, and scientific communities.

For further information contact:

Blueprint Lab

Anders Ridley-Smith, Business Development Manager

Office: +61 (2) 9519 7651

Mobile: +61 413 393 791

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VideoRay

Chris Gibson, Vice President of Sales, Marketing & Business Development

Office: +1 610 458 3004

Mobile: +1 610 517 5162

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17

VideoRay Employees Tackle Problem Solving with Guidance from Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center

Twenty VideoRay employees used training they recently received from the Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center (DVIRC) to begin solving some real-time issues facing the Pottstown company.

Jeff Kopenitz, a DVIRC instructor, met with the employees during two sessions, one in February and one in March. Four more sessions are scheduled before the end of June. The training is being underwritten by a state-funded grant from WedNet. The three topics discussed during the first two sessions were Problem-Solving, Root Cause Analysis and Lean Manufacturing Principles.

Andy Goldstein, Vice President of Engineering at VideoRay, noted that a mix of production employees and engineers gathered in VideoRay's training room during the sessions. At one point the employees were broken down into teams of five to address specific issues.

Kopenitz mentored each team, giving them problem-solving guidance that directly addressed their issue. The process itself proved to be invaluable, according to Goldstein.

"It's been helpful in a variety of ways," Goldstein said, noting that among the issues tackled were reducing paperwork on the production floor and implementing improved document controls. "The training also gave the employees an opportunity to engage in team building."

He added that all the team projects involved issues that weren't being addressed up until the training sessions were held.

The DVIRC training also expanded the employees' knowledge beyond their typical scope of work and provided insights about the continuous improvement process, Goldstein said.

"We came away with a better understanding of how to work as teams and to address problems that hinder the design and manufacturing processes."

Kopenitz offered his own insights regarding the training.

"Working with the VideoRay team has been very rewarding," he said. "I find the team to be extremely talented and capable. Their desire to learn and apply continuous improvement efforts to better serve their clients has been very impressive. I look forward to the next session with them." 

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