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Seatools Debuts New Dredging Monitoring Systems

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

May 10, 2017

Photo: Seatools

Photo: Seatools

Seatools has introduced the fourth-generation DipMate backhoe dredging monitoring and control systems, with an upgrade that encompasses two models: Essential and Pro.

Seatools described Essential as a cost-competitive visualization system that contains all essentials for efficient backhoe dredging, while the Pro is an advanced version that can be delivered with a range of automation modules enabling operators of all skill levels to dredge safely and maximize dredging productivity.
“Since we first launched DipMate, the system gained tremendous popularity among backhoe dredger operators around the world,” said Jan Frumau, Managing Director at Seatools. “With the introduction of the fourth generation, we will now be able to serve an even larger market share. Thanks to the introduction of the DipMate Essential, Seatools proposes an economically attractive solution for small- and medium-duty excavators as well as operators that do not require automation functionalities but do appreciate common DipMate characteristics such as high levels of accuracy, reliability, and customization. As of now, Seatools offers appropriate backhoe dredging monitoring systems even to those operators whose budgets, skill levels, and needs are limited.”
The rugged DipMate Pro can be executed with a range of intervention and operator assistance modules that enhance productivity and safety. Seatools said it has seen an increasing number of clients request functionalities that safeguard both dredging equipment and the submerged objects it might strike. Attending to its clients, the company developed several modules that raise safety levels of and around the dredger. An example is the collision protection module. This module enables safe and productive backhoe dredging near high-risk objects such as wharves, pipelines and cables, and other submerged objects. The module encapsulates the object at hand in a virtual safety shield and slows down and eventually stops dredger part motions in case they approach objects too closely. As such, the module is able to prevent such events as pipeline strikes with potentially disastrous consequences.
In comparison to today’s DipMate Pro and its predecessors, the DipMate Essential is based on a completely different system architecture and trims the Pro’s extensive functionalities. Its slim appearance yields a simplified system that cuts costs without sacrificing accuracy. Moreover, the new system comes in a very compact size, allowing for installation on smaller excavators as well as land-based excavators.
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