Soil Machine to use Kongsberg cameras for mining vehicles

13 August 2012 (Last Updated August 13th, 2012 18:30)

Mining equipment manufacturer Soil Machine Dynamics has selected Kongsberg Maritime to supply cameras and related accesseries for its mining vehicles and a new deep water trencher.

Deep water mining

Mining equipment manufacturer Soil Machine Dynamics has selected Kongsberg Maritime to supply cameras and related accessories for its mining vehicles and a new deep water trencher.

The next generation high-powered deep water trencher is currently undergoing sea trials and is designed to operate at water depths up to 3,000m and jet trench in soils of up to 100KPA.

Kongsberg's package for the vehicle includes four OE14-366 colour zoom cameras, one OE13-124 BIT low light navigation camera, one OE14-376 light ring camera and four OE10-102 serial controlled electric pan and tilt units.

The company also secured a contract for the installation of cameras and accessories in three advanced SMD subsea production tools, built for the purpose of mining copper and gold a mile below the sea surface.

Kongsberg's camera sensors and accessory package for the SMD subsea production tools include two colour OE14-366A colour zoom cameras, twoOE13-124 BIT low light navigation cameras, two mini fixed colour OE14-110 cameras, one OE14-122 PATZ dome camera and four OE10-102 serial controlled electric pan and tilt units.

Kongsberg Maritime Camera Group sales manager Bill Stuart said, "Kongsberg Maritime underwater cameras and positioning devices are proven to withstand extreme conditions, including low visibility and high vibration and shock levels, which makes them ideal for use in harsh environment trenching and mining operations as well as for regular ROV operations.

"We are pleased to have supported SMD's full range of vehicles for many years with the latest camera equipment, including these impressive high end vehicles," added Stuart.


Image:Kongsberg will provide cameras for Soil Machine Dynamics' deep water Trencher. Photo: Kongsberg Maritime AS