SALT launches sonar locator system for deepwater construction

Subsea Asset Location Technologies (SALT), with help from Avon Rubber and ARTIS, has launched the SonarBell sonar locator system, which is designed for deepwater construction.

Offshore staff

WILSTHIRE, UK -- Subsea Asset Location Technologies (SALT), with help from Avon Rubber and ARTIS, has launched the SonarBell sonar locator system, which is designed for deepwater construction.

The SonarBell is a maintenance-free, passive sonar locator system that operates by focusing energy like a lens to amplify sound levels and reflect them to the sender. The system uses the two materials of its shell and core to create a constructive interference that delivers a higher return signal to the end user. The device is ‘solid state’ with no moving parts or power requirements, and is compatible with existing commercial sonar sets.

The SonarBell has been designed for applications such as installing and locating deepwater pipelines, undersea telephone and internet cables, and marking international boundaries quicker and more.

“The SonarBell is a huge leap forward in sonar detection,” says Justin Hine, business development manager at Avon. “Each individual bell has to be manufactured to the highest quality standards, meaning significant amounts of testing and trials have taken place to ensure its durability under the most stringent of scenarios. Here at Avon, we have been able to manufacture a revolutionary omni-directional sonar locating device that does not require huge amounts of maintenance, and will save users both time and money in what are currently difficult times.”

07/23/2009

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