Top 10 Uses for Servo Drives in Undersea Applications


Top 10 Uses for Servo Drives in Undersea Applications

Servo drives are vital components in undersea applications, providing precise control over motion and position in challenging underwater environments. Here are the top 10 uses for servo drives in undersea applications:


1. Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs):

Servo drives power the propulsion and control systems of ROVs, enabling precise maneuverability and control for underwater inspection, maintenance, and exploration tasks in oil and gas, marine research, and offshore industries.

2. Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs):

Servo drives drive the propulsion and navigation systems of AUVs, facilitating autonomous underwater missions for oceanographic research, underwater mapping, environmental monitoring, and underwater surveillance.

3. Underwater Manipulator Arms:

Servo drives control the movement of manipulator arms mounted on ROVs and AUVs, enabling the manipulation of tools, sensors, and objects for tasks such as underwater construction, salvage operations, and sample collection.

4. Underwater Instrumentation:

Servo drives are used in underwater instrumentation systems for controlling the movement of sensors, probes, and sampling devices deployed in underwater environments for scientific research, oceanography, and environmental monitoring.

5. Subsea Valves and Actuators:

Servo drives drive subsea valves, actuators, and hydraulic systems used in offshore oil and gas production, underwater pipelines, and subsea processing facilities, enabling precise control over fluid flow, pressure, and equipment operation.

6. Underwater Mining Equipment:

Servo drives control the movement of dredges, excavators, and mining tools used in underwater mining operations for extracting minerals, ores, and resources from the seabed, enabling efficient and precise excavation in deep-sea environments.

7. Underwater Cable and Pipeline Inspection:

Servo drives power the propulsion and control systems of underwater vehicles used for inspecting and maintaining underwater cables, pipelines, and infrastructure in telecommunications, offshore energy, and subsea engineering industries.

8. Underwater Imaging and Mapping Systems:

Servo drives are employed in underwater imaging and mapping systems for controlling the movement and orientation of cameras, sonar arrays, and mapping sensors used to survey and map underwater terrain, habitats, and archaeological sites.

9. Underwater Rescue and Salvage Operations:

Servo drives drive underwater remotely operated vehicles and salvage equipment used in underwater rescue and salvage operations to recover sunken vessels, debris, and cargo, enabling precise maneuverability and object manipulation in challenging underwater conditions.

10. Aquaculture and Underwater Farming:

Servo drives control the movement of feeding systems, harvesting equipment, and underwater structures in aquaculture and underwater farming operations, facilitating efficient and precise management of fish farms, seaweed cultivation, and underwater cultivation beds for food production.


The ESI Advantage

These examples illustrate the diverse range of undersea applications where servo drives play a crucial role in enabling precise motion control, navigation, and operational capabilities in underwater environments.

ESI Motion has been providing motion control solutions for Defense since 2004, and now by utilizing the same technology, has solutions for motion control applications in the Undersea as well as Sea markets and applications. ESI Motion’s rugged servo drives and servo drive modules are designed for use in extreme operating conditions; including low/high temperatures and harsh environments.

The need for small and powerful servo drives is growing in the world of Sea Applications where weight and size are directly correlated craft size/space available as well as fuel costs.  Reliable, small and powerful servo drives are needed for many applications including underwater vehicles (autonomous and manual), winch and crane systems, Sonar systems and many other applications that require precision motion on Boats, Large Vessels, and Submarines. Companies of the Defense and commercial industries are turning to ESI Motion to ensure their systems performance in the harshest environments in the corners of the world. From applications to protect our troops, to going where humans can not to assisting with search and rescue efforts in times of natural disasters; these crucial applications need the best and ESI Motion is here to provide it 20 years and counting.

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