Cygnus Underwater Gauge Launched in the Middle East
Thursday, April 03, 2014

Unique System FZE, a Unique Maritime Group company and integrated turnkey subsea and offshore solutions provider, introduced the new DIVE MK2 underwater gauge from Cygnus Instruments in the Middle East region. Unique system FZE is the authorized distributor of Cygnus products for the entire Middle East region.

Founded in 1983, Cygnus pioneered the digital multiple echo technique. The technique has long since been the industry standard for accurate measurement of material thickness. Driven by the need for a handheld device, multiple echo digital thickness gauges were developed to measure metal thickness through protective coatings in a reliable and repeatable way.

The new DIVE MK2 underwater gauge comes handy with a number of key features. It has a bright AMOLED display, updated topside and reporting software and the introduction of twin crystal probes to assist in taking measurements on highly attenuated materials such as cast Iron, measuring link thickness of anchor chains and on particularly heavily corroded steel. The large, bright color AMOLED display is easily viewable by both the diver and his camera even in the poorest visibility. The operation of the gauge is simple with only two buttons for easy navigation of the menus.

However, a completely new feature is the added flexibility of single echo mode where twin crystal probes can be used. This feature is useful on uncoated surfaces that have extreme front face and back wall corrosion making measurements in multiple echo difficult to achieve. Having the capability of using DIVE in single echo mode means twin crystal probes can be used. In some measuring situations this can offer advantages where there are no protective coatings as this technique will not ignore coatings. Heavy corrosion as some times found on sea defenses and harbor pilings can be challenging in order to obtain measurements in multiple echo modes. It is also useful for attenuative materials such as cast iron found in water & sewage outfall pipes and round bar such as anchor chain links.

In short, the features can be summarized as follows:
•It is Wrist mountable, thus giving the diver a free hand
• Large, bright color AMOLED display, highly viewable by diver and camera even in poor visibility
•It is Multiple Echo which means there is no need to remove protective coatings up to 20mm thickness
•A Scan display
•“Auto-Log” Data Log option, no log button to press - stores up to 5,000 measurements with A scans
•Helmet View remote display for mounting on the diver’s helmet for use in extremely low visibility of water
•Single Echo option

On this occasion, Ian Huggins, General Manager at Unique System FZE commented, “We are extremely pleased to be introducing the DIVE MK2 in our region. The launch further enhances our portfolio of NDT and Inspection products that we have in our inventory. We also look forward to our continued association with Cygnus Instruments and representing their cutting-edge underwater technology to our esteemed clients within the region.”

Graham Haines, Sales Director at Cygnus Instruments added, “Cygnus Instruments believes in offering the best range of underwater gauges to its customers. The ability of the diver to wear DIVE on his arm or wrist is a big advantage. Having a free hand when diving offers obvious advantages and together with the 2.8” quarter VGA color display, it makes viewing so much easier by both the diver and support engineers on the surface via the diver’s camera. The AMOLED display not only gives much better viewing, especially in poor visibility, it also offers an A scan display which helps verify true back wall readings in difficult measuring applications. In data-logging mode DIVE can store up to 5,000 measurements together with each measurement A scan for future analysis should the need arise. The top notch features that the DIVE MK2 has to offer backed by our renowned partner Unique System will help the product reach out to many of the customers in the Middle East market.”

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