L3 MAPPS to supply digital control computer system hardware for Bruce Unit 6, supporting life extension and continued low-cost nuclear power


L3 MAPPS announced today that it has won a contract from Bruce Power to replace the existing Bruce B Unit 6 Digital Control Computer (DCC) system with all-new hardware. Three DCCs will be delivered to Bruce Power. The first unit (DCC-Z) will be used as a maintenance platform and is due to be installed in the first quarter of 2018. The other two DCCs (DCC-X and DCC-Y) are redundant units for plant operations and are expected to be delivered in the second quarter of 2019.

DCC systems are used to monitor and control the major reactor and power plant functions at CANDU* nuclear power plants. The new DCC system will feature the latest SSCI-890 CPUs and will replace the legacy Varian V72 computer systems and related equipment to ensure continuous, safe and reliable performance over the service life of the plant.

“Our first DCC system, built in the early 1970s, was for the Bruce site. With this new project, we have come full circle, marking a new chapter in L3 MAPPS’ DCC business,” said Michael Chatlani, Vice President of Marketing & Sales for L3 MAPPS Power Systems and Simulation. “We are happy to continue our long collaboration with Bruce Power. Leveraging our record of on-time, on-budget performance, we look forward to our further support of the Bruce site for many years to come.”

“Replacing the DCCs at the Bruce site is an important element of the Life-Extension Program at Bruce Power,” said Mike Rencheck, President & CEO of Bruce Power. “Bruce Power’s Life-Extension program will mean the Bruce site will continue to power the province until 2064, and this is good news for families and businesses across Ontario. Bruce Power, and the electricity it provides Ontario families and businesses, is part of the solution over the short and long terms to provide a source of low-cost stable electricity.”

Bruce Power is Canada’s first private nuclear generator, providing 30 percent of Ontario’s power at 30 percent below the average residential price. The Bruce site, home to eight CANDU reactors in Tiverton, Ontario, is the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility. The company is progressing with a series of incremental life-extension investments, including Major Component Replacement, to secure a clean, reliable and low-cost source of electricity for Ontario families and businesses for decades to come.L3 MAPPS has over 30 years of experience in pioneering technological advances in the marine automation field and over 40 years of experience in delivering high-fidelity power plant simulation to leading utilities worldwide. In addition, the company has more than four decades of expertise in supplying plant computer systems for Canadian heavy water reactors. L3 MAPPS also provides targeted controls and simulation solutions to the space sector. To learn more about L3 MAPPS, please visit the company’s website at www.L3T.com/MAPPS.

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HTL Group further enhance service levels with expanded customer support fleet


HTL Group, specialists in controlled bolting equipment continue to focus on second to none customer service with the latest addition to their Customer Support Fleet; the HTL Expo Mobile Unit.

Headquartered in Cramlington, Northumberland with a number of strategically placed global facilities, HTL Group offer a wide range of solutions including: OEM Controlled Bolting Equipment, Flange Working Equipment, Portable Machines, High Pressure Solutions, Fully Approved Training and much more.

The Expo Mobile Unit together with HTL’s fully equipped Calibration Unit brings everything HTL direct to customers at their convenience. The Expo Unit is essentially a mobile HTL exhibition which can be booked to visit customer premises anywhere whether that be office or remote site locations. It offers access to safe and innovative product presentations, minimising interference to your daily schedule.

Paul Storey, Group Managing Director comments:

Adding the Expo Unit to our fleet was another obvious step towards making our customers’ lives easier during these current challenging market conditions. It allows us to demonstrate practical, cost effective solutions on site to any number of individuals in one visit ensuring minimum disruption to the customer.

We envisage the vehicle having a busy diary for 2017, showcasing our ever growing portfolio of innovative solutions to a wider audience.”

To discuss your requirements and to book any one of the mobile units within HTL’s Customer Support Fleet contact our Dedicated Customer Support Team, email info@htlgroup.com or call +44 (0) 1670 700 000.



L3 MAPPS to Update Ling Ao Phase II Full Scope Simulator With Orchid® and Enhanced Severe Accident Simulation

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L3 MAPPS announced today that it has been awarded a contract from Ling Ao Nuclear Power Co., Ltd. (LANPC), a division of China General Nuclear (CGN), to upgrade the Ling Ao Phase II full scope simulator with L3’s latest Orchid® simulation software. Under this contract, the company will also enable the simulator with a severe accident simulation model that will automatically switch from the standard L3 MAPPS plant models to Electric Power Research Institute’s (EPRI) Modular Accident Analysis Program (MAAP5*). The updated simulation environment and “autoswitch” program are due to be in service in the first quarter of 2018.

L3 MAPPS made new investments last year to enhance autoswitching to the severe accident simulation model, and we are delighted that CGN will be the first to take advantage of our latest research and development efforts,” said Michael Chatlani, Vice President of Marketing & Sales for L3 MAPPS Power Systems and Simulation.

We worked closely with L3 MAPPS to deploy China’s first severe nuclear accident simulation on the Ling Ao Phase II full scope simulator in 2013 to enhance training scenarios that simulate degraded reactor core conditions,” said Ma Deyou, Senior Chief Engineer, Training Center, Daya Bay Nuclear Power Operations and Management Co., Ltd. (DNMC). “This new project is the next step in enhancing the unique capability that we already have.”

The current simulation environment, based on the Visual Simex™ simulator executive and ROSE® plant models, will be migrated to Orchid Simulator Executive and Orchid Modeling Environment, respectively. Also, the previously delivered MAAP 5.01 models will be replaced with MAAP 5.04 to enable autoswitching during periods of elevated fuel temperatures. With MAAP5, the updated Ling Ao Phase II simulator will be used for training scenarios relating to degraded reactor core conditions that result in fuel melting, including cladding oxidation and hydrogen generation, vessel failure, containment failure and fission product release. MAAP5-DOSE will be used to calculate simulated off-site dose rates.

MAAP5 is a software program that performs severe accident analysis for nuclear power plants, including assessments of core damage and radiological transport. The simulator is already equipped with 2-D and 3-D animated, interactive visualizations of the reactor vessel, containment building and spent fuel pool to provide operators with additional insight into the behavior of the plant during severe accidents.

CGN’s Ling Ao Phase II nuclear plant comprises the first two CPR1000 nuclear generating units that were put into commercial operation – the first unit in September 2010 and the second in August 2011. The CPR1000 is a Chinese standard design featuring a 1,080 MWe three-loop pressurized water reactor (PWR). The Ling Ao Phase II full scope simulator, built by L3 MAPPS in cooperation with AREVA and Siemens, was put into service in August 2009.

L3 MAPPS has over 30 years of experience in pioneering technological advances in the marine automation field and over 40 years of experience in delivering high-fidelity power plant simulation to leading utilities worldwide. In addition, the company has more than four decades of expertise in supplying plant computer systems for Canadian heavy water reactors. L3 MAPPS also provides targeted controls and simulation solutions to the space sector. To learn more about L3 MAPPS, please visit the company’s website at www.L3T.com/MAPPS.

Headquartered in New York City, L3 Technologies employs approximately 38,000 people worldwide and is a leading provider of a broad range of communication and electronic systems and products used on military, homeland security and commercial platforms. L3 is also a prime contractor in aerospace systems, security and detection systems, and pilot training. The company reported 2016 sales of $10.5 billion. To learn more about L3, please visit the company’s website at www.L3T.com.

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Open Day Success for HTL Group Scotland


Controlled bolting specialist HTL Group Scotland has opened its doors to showcase their full suite of capabilities at their new facility in Dyce, Aberdeen.

The company welcomed visitors from a range of sectors to see the extensive group capabilities first hand including demonstrations of their core OEM products and Joint Integrity Software, an exclusive tour of the new facility and HTL’s brand new mobile exhibition, the HTL Expo Unit.

The opportunity to see the new facility and HTL’s OEM Controlled Bolting and Ancillary products on display offered attendee’s the chance to discover and learn more about the customer focused solutions available from the experienced and friendly team at HTL Group Scotland.

An insight into the ECITB Approved training offered by HTL Group Scotland also formed part of the busy day. The dedicated training centre within the facility allows for ECITB Approved MJI training to be delivered with fully equipped practical training rigs and premium quality classrooms for theory elements.

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Marc Gerrard, Business Manager, HTL Group Scotland comments: “With over 100 current and perspective clients passing through the doors, the event was a huge success for us, there was a genuine buzz about the facility all week! Many of our guests were only aware of a fraction of our capabilities and can see clearly where the HTL Group portfolio can add additional value to their business. I am confident to announce that with the tremendous attendance and feedback from the event, HTL GROUP SCOTLAND has arrived!

Stuart Broadley, CEO of The Energy Industries Council (EIC) commented on the success of the day:

Many thanks to HTL for inviting me to the new facility’s opening event in Aberdeen. HTL Group is an extremely innovative bolting solutions OEM and the open day has been the ideal means to highlight this. By allowing visitors to see the complete range of solutions readily available whilst meeting the whole team, they have presented themselves as the hub to deliver the Group’s comprehensive capabilities in Scotland. We are delighted to have HTL as a global member of the Energy Industries Council (EIC).”

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If you couldn’t make this open day and would like to visit HTL Group either at the new facility in Aberdeen or at the Corporate HQ in Northumberland simply email: aberdeen@htlgroup.com or call +44 (0) 1224 728 820.

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AFL Introduces Enhanced FOCIS Flex Connector Inspection Solution

Lowell, MA and Spartanburg, SC – February 14, 2017 – AFL is launching its enhanced FOCIS Flex, a self-contained, handheld connector inspection solution with a host of new features including a larger, brighter display plus MPO multi-fiber connector inspection with auto-focus and pass/fail analysis.

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“We’ve improved FOCIS Flex based on feedback from our customers,” commented senior product line manager for AFL’s Test & Inspection division. “With Instant On, faster auto-focusing and pass/fail analysis, plus new auto-save capabilities, FOCIS Flex is even easier to use, provides accurate connector assessments in seconds and integrates with both Android and iOS mobile devices.”

The original FOCIS Flex included auto-focus, capture, IEC pass/fail analysis and automatic Bluetooth® transfers with one press of the capture button. The updated FOCIS Flex adds multiple new features, including:

  • Larger, brighter display with brightness control and auto-dimming
  • Instant-on power up
  • User-configurable auto-save to internal memory
  • Faster auto-focus, capture and pass/fail analysis
  • Updated IEC, IPC and user-settable pass/fail criteria
  • Integrated WiFi for future live image transfer to Android & iOS mobile devices
  • AFL’s unique image-pairing feature
  • International language support

FOCIS Flex kits include TRM® 2.0 Test Results Manager software, enabling users to generate hard-copy or PDF reports including inspection images and pass/fail results. FOCIS Flex is also available in various kit configurations, including bundled with AFL’s popular FlexScan family of pocket-sized PON and point-to-point OTDRs.

For technicians who prefer smart devices for viewing, saving and sending inspection results received via Bluetooth from FOCIS Flex, an AFL FOCIS Flex App is also available for free download from Google Play and the Apple App Store. The FOCIS Flex App is compatible with aeRos®, AFL’s cloud-based workflow management and reporting software.

FOCIS Flex pricing remains unchanged with all new capabilities included as standard features. For more information or to download the FOCIS Flex datasheet, visit www.AFLglobal.com/FOCISFlex.

About AFL
Founded in 1984, AFL is an international manufacturer providing end-to-end solutions to the energy, service provider, enterprise and industrial markets as well as several emerging markets. The company’s products are in use in over 130 countries and include fiber optic cable and hardware, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment, connectivity, test and inspection equipment, fusion splicers and training. AFL also offers a wide variety of services supporting data center, enterprise, wireless, and outside plant applications.

Headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan.

For more information, please visit www.AFLglobal.com.

Unique Group ventures into new geographical markets through key partnership with Caspian InterIndustrial Company

Unique Group has recently announced a joint cooperation agreement with Kazakhstan-based Caspian InterIndustrial Company (CIC). The agreement will primarily cover the territory of Kazakhstan and will spearhead the establishment of a local office and workshop within the region to support the Oil and Gas sector, both onshore and offshore, as well as the Mining and Utility market sectors.


Caspian Interindustrial Company (CIC) is a recognised leader in the Republic of Kazakhstan for providing quality, cost-effective solutions to a number of challenges inherent in Kazakhstan`s oil industry. It offers a growing portfolio of services to oil and gas exploration companies.

The new agreement will focus on the promotion and deliverance of Unique Group’s on-site engineering services to the market including hot tapping and line plugging, specialised machining applications, leak sealing and controlled bolting services, as well as drawing upon the Group’s wider support services. In addition to its On-Site Engineering division’s services, Unique Group through the partnership, will promote services offered by its Survey Equipment, Marine & Subsea, Buoyancy & Ballast and Diving & Life Support divisions.

The overall aim of the agreement will be to work towards establishing a Joint Venture company within Kazakhstan. This will enable the transfer of knowledge and assets to establish a 100% Kazakhstan-led entity focused on delivering international products and quality services to the local market.

On account of this partnership, Unique Group’s newly appointed Director for its On-Site Engineering division, Steve Hague, commented, “ This is a very exciting and positive move by Unique Group to expand and develop a foothold into the Eastern European/Eurasian market. We recognise the importance and benefits of developing a local entity in a country, and so, the transfer of knowledge is paramount in building a focused and sustainable business that is cost effective, highly skilled, safety and compliance focused, whilst being highly flexible in responding to client requirements.”

“The varied portfolio of Unique Group covering a multitude of market areas and diversity of the Kazakhstan market will further enhance value to the local economy.”

Nurlan Chugayev, Head of Mechanical Services at CIC commented, “We’re pleased to have partnered with Unique Group, a prominent integrated subsea and offshore solution provider. As a company, we’re focused on developing the offshore oil industry, its related infrastructure as well as the provision of marine and land-based seismic services to the local market. Partnering with Unique Group was only imminent considering the broad range of services they offer and their eagerness to grow in this geographical region. We look forward to a fruitful association with Unique Group.”

Please direct your queries to:

Unique Group Marketing Department: marketing@uniquegroup.com

ECITB approve HTL Australasia’s training centre of excellence


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Perth based HTL Australasia have received the ECITB’s approval for their dedicated training centre to deliver the mechanical joint integrity course; MJI 10, 18 & 19. The recent approval from the globally recognised ECITB ensures that HTL Australasia can deliver the widely acknowledged ECITB MJI 10, 18 & 19 training course from their fully equipped training centre. The course concentrates on the skilled performance expected of persons trained to dismantle, inspect, prepare, assemble and tighten flanged and clamp connector pipe joints using hand, hydraulic torque and tensioning equipment. Suited to a number of industries including Oil & Gas, Renewables, Wind Energy, Rail, Construction, Power Generation and many more, this popular course is ideal for all personnel involved in mechanical joint integrity and bolt torque tensioning activity in the work place.

Jason Riley, Business Development Manager, ECITB comments: ‘’The ECITB approved MJI training courses and technical tests are a method to train and validate the skills of individuals in specialist bolting techniques to recognised global standards. The ECITB approved MJI model is vital to our industry, the training and testing increases competency levels and helps to reduce the risk of major accidents. A large number of companies and clients worldwide have adopted the ECITB approved MJI scheme to ensure individuals are both trained and competent to carry out work on specialist bolting activities. The ECITB are delighted to approve HTL’s additional MJI training and testing facility in Perth Australia, HTL are an experienced approved provider delivering ECITB MJI training across South East Asia and in the UK, I look forward to working with Scott and his team to support their delivery to clients in Australia.’’

Delivered by Lead Technical Trainers, each with vast experience in various industries, HTL Australasia can engage with delegates to offer delegates expert advice whilst also delivering technical training.

Scott Paterson, Managing Director, HTL Australasia comments: “Mechanical joint integrity training is critical in ensuring the competency and safety of Mechanical Technicians, Supervisors, Inspectors and Engineers. At HTL Australasia we take great pride in being approved by the ECITB to deliver these courses and always welcome visitors to our training centre to see the suite of training we can deliver to suit specific requirements.”

For more information including upcoming course dates please contact HTL Australasia on: +61 (0) 8 9249 3980, or email info@htl-australasia.com.

RUD STARPOINT VRS lifting point offers ultimate safety by adjusting to the direction of the pull

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RUD Chains is a leading manufacturer of lifting and lashing equipment that helps guarantee ultimate safety when lifting and handling heavy loads. Their diverse product range offers over 600 lifting and lashing points for bolting and welding covering a working load capacity range from 0.6-250 tonnes.

Top quality lifting equipment when handling heavy loads is vital to the safety of the operator as well as ensuring the loads are not damaged. When undertaking a lift it is important to be aware that the direction of the pull of the lifting point can have a major impact on the working load limit which in turn can create a safety breach. To avoid a safety breach, lifting equipment that can adjust to the direction of the pull to allow full engagement of the bolt is needed.

The RUD STARPOINT VRS lifting point for bolting has been designed to adjust to the direction of the pull. It rotates 360° meaning the working load limit is therefore always at the direction of the load. The STARPOINT removes the chance of bent eyes, backed out threads, or over-tightening which would cause unnecessary stress on the stem.

The VRS offers a safety factor of 4:1, is operational down to temperatures as low as -40° and offers a higher WLL than the DIN 580 eye bolt. It comes with RUD’s NEW ICE-Bolt which offers a higher toughness, bending strength and less wear occurance.

Complex lifts where the load has to be handled in all directions can be safely and effectively done with the use of the STARPOINT VRS. The VRS can be used across a variety of working environments from engineering, construction, rail, offshore, handling and MOD projects to name a few.

For more information please call 01227 276 611 Email: Katie.crane@rud.co.uk or visit www.rud.co.uk


AFL awarded 2016 Supplier Partner of the Year

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AFL was awarded the Kriz-Davis 2016 Supplier Partner of the Year Award. The award was presented for combined overall growth in sales dollars, growth in the percentage of sales, overall growth and collaborative sales efforts at Kriz-Davis locations. Additionally, AFL’s sales agent, Moehn Electrical Sales, was presented with the Kriz-Davis 2016 Award of Excellence for outstanding quality, service and integrity.

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“Kriz-Davis promotes AFL’s products wherever and however they can,” commented Patrick Nenno, regional sales manager for AFL. “Kriz-Davis understands the importance of manufacturers like AFL that consistently provide “Best-in-Class” service. This award is a testament to AFL’s commitment throughout our organization—sales, customer service, cable and accessories manufacturing and shipping.”

AFL has partnered with Kriz-Davis, a wholesale electrical supplier, for more than 20 years. AFL provides fiber optic cable, conductor accessories and connectivity to Kriz-Davis’ 18 locations covering six states in the Midwest. Kriz-Davis serves the electrical utility, industrial/automation, electrical contractor and data communications markets. Headquartered in Grand Island, Nebraska, they are 100 percent employee-owned.

For additional information about AFL, its products and services, visit www.AFLglobal.com.


AFL Awarded Five Technology Patents

Several AFL associates were recognized for receiving patent awards for developing new products and technologies within the optical connectivityfusion splicing and test and inspection divisions.

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AFL’s Test & Inspection team received a patent for the Health Meter interface on the WDM900 Lightwave Test Set product line. Through this innovative user experience, the traditional complexity of an optical spectrum analyzer is simplified by combining multiple parameters into a single diagnosis of healthy or unhealthy for all channels in a C/DWDM transmission system. This enables the general user to quickly and easily collect expert-level test results in the field.

The Optical Connectivity Team received two patents for subsea hardware. The first patent is for a highly reliable, full ocean pressure “tube seal” consisting of a swage and a Morrison seal. The second patent, “cylindrical housing with locking ring,” describes a one atmosphere pressuring housing designed to interconnect small subsea cables. Both inventions complement AFL’s subsea cable product portfolio.

Finally, AFL’s harsh environment team received a patent for new cable technology which enables optical fiber to be deployed as a temperature sensor in extremely high temperature environments in hydrocarbon processing and geothermal applications.

For more information about AFL and its products and services, visitwww.AFLglobal.com.

About AFL

Founded in 1984, AFL is an international manufacturer providing end-to-end solutions to the energy, service provider, enterprise and industrial markets as well as several emerging markets. The company’s products are in use in over 130 countries and include fiber optic cable and hardware, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment, connectivity, test and inspection equipment, fusion splicers and training. AFL also offers a wide variety of services supporting data center, enterprise, wireless, and outside plant applications.

Headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan.

For more information, visit www.AFLglobal.com

C-Kore & Shell give joint presentation at Subsea Expo

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C-Kore Systems and Shell UK will give a joint presentation at the Subsea Expo Conference,Thursday the 2nd of February in Aberdeen. The presentation will focus on the use of the C-Kore Subsea Testing technology during intervention operations on Shell’s Corrib field.
Subsea interventions are challenging operations. The C-Kore Subsea measurement tool simplifies the subsea testing process for subsea engineers during intervention campaigns. It provides far more accurate data readings than traditional testing methods and saves customers
money by reducing days of vessel time.
Cynthia Pikaar, sales manager of C-Kore commented, “It is nice to have the recognition from Shell that we are a valued partner, providing a service that not only saves them a lot of money, but also gives them valuable information about their subsea infrastructure. By sharing their
findings with the rest of the industry, we hope to open up discussions on how we can help other operators.”

C-Kore will be exhibiting at Subsea Expo in Aberdeen the 1st – 3rd of February, where they will have their C-Kore tools on-hand. Come and visit us on booth #118!

For further information on our innovative subsea testing technology, please visit our website: www.c-kore.com

RUD manufacture & supply heavy duty lifting equipment 0.6- 250 tonnes

RUD Chains Ltd is a leading manufacturer of lifting and lashing applications that guarantee ultimate safety when lifting and moving heavy loads. Their diverse product range offers over 600 tested and certified lifting and lashing points for bolting and welding.

RUD lifting equipment is used across a wide range of working environments from offshore, heavy duty engineering & handling, rail, military, manufacturing and construction.  Their products have been increasingly popular across the heavy duty lifting sector due to their impressive working load limits starting from 0.6- 250 Tonnes.

The WBPG hoist ring offers their highest lifting capability of 85-250 tonnes which makes it an ideal choice for many heavy engineering, handling and offshore projects. The WBPG is loadable from any side in the direction of the pivot meaning it is suitable for lifting and turning of heavy loads. It has the ability to rotate 360° and swivel 180°. The WBPG comes with a detachable suspension ring in the shape of a shackle for the attachment of common lifting means.

RUD’s heavy duty lifting products offer numerous safety factors and advantages to the operator and equipment being lifted.  The RUD VRBG load ring on plate for bolting can be supplied with 4 bolts offering a working load capacity of 10-16 tonnes or it can be supplied with 6/8 bolts which offers a higher working load capacity of 31.5-50 tonnes.

It can be loaded at 90° to the vertical with a full working load limit, the suspension ring pivots 180° and offers a safety factor of 4:1 in all load directions.  The VRBG is typically used across heavy engineering, shipbuilding, turbine lifting, steel structure assemblies and in lifting and final positioning of new machinery.

The RUD VRBS and VRBS Fix is part of their lifting point for welding product range. The VRBS load ring on plate for welding offers a load capacity of 50 tonne and the VRBS Fix offers a higher load capacity of up to100 tonne.

The VRBS and VRBS Fix are typically used in heavy lifting of fabrication. They can be used for Lifting the fabrication during the manufacturing process, lifting the fabrication onto transport and doubling up as lashing points for the transportation.

RUD offer both standard and bespoke heavy lifting solutions to suit some of the most demanding working environments. Top quality products and fast paced product innovations and developments make RUD a top choice for all your lifting requirements.

For more information, please visit: web.rud.com




Unique Group’s on-site engineering division successfully completes under pressure leak sealing project for ADGAS

Unique Group’s On-Site Engineering division, through its Wellube brand, effectively performed the On-Line Steam Leak Sealing for Abu Dhabi Gas Liquefication Company (ADGAS). The service was performed on the 2.4 meters OD heat exchanger flange leak along the pipeline. It’s design parameters were 434 degrees Celsius at 60 bar.

ADGAS established in 1973, was the first LNG production company in the Middle East and North Africa region. It is known as a clean energy producer with a long history of reliability, expertise and a long-established tradition of environment awareness and concern. As of late, ADGAS is actively involved in the Offshore Associated Gas project and the Integrated Gas Development project, to be a stalwart in the national energy strategy of the UAE.


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The engineering team at Unique Group designed and manufactured a four-piece ring clamp with a total weight of 3.14 ton.  The flange gap measurements were taken after the clamp was mobilised to the site. The clamp lip was then machined to the exact size using the in-situ machining technology. Once the clamp was installed, 150 gallons of sealant was injected to fill the void creating an effective seal.

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The entire operation was carried out in close coordination with ADGAS policies and procedures. The work was delivered with the highest level of competence, dedication and zeal to help ADGAS with the most viable solution and mitigate the high temperature leak.

Mr. Hassan Taher, Vice President – Plant Maintenance at ADGAS, congratulated the Unique Group team on successful completion of the project and for providing the best solution to reduce the high-pressure leak, “Completing the work on-line, Unique Group has made an extremely valuable contribution to the smooth running of the plant and avoided a costly shut down. We would like to thank Unique Group for mobilising the service at a short notice and accomplishing the task on time.”

Sahil Gandhi, Director at Unique Group’s On-Site Engineering division commented, “Our Wellube brand is widely recognised as a leader in the provision of on-site engineering services. As a world-renowned brand, we work to provide the most cost-effective solution to our customers. We have been fortunate to work with ADGAS to help resolve the leakage with utmost precision and efficiency.”

Unique Group provides comprehensive Under Pressure Leak Sealing services both efficiently and cost effectively, with our skilled engineering team repairing pipeline leakages and pressure vessel systems without any interruption to production. Unique Group’s On-Site Engineering division is committed in keeping up with the ever-competitive market and uses the latest non-destructive repair methods ensuring any unlikely damage to the service equipment is kept to an absolute minimum.

For more information, please visit:marketing@uniquegroup.com

AFL launches Rogue® and aeRos® Modular Test Platform

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Lowell, MA and Spartanburg, SC – January 20, 2017 – AFL is officially launching the Rogue and aeRos platform, a suite of modular test products and cloud-based software built around the way fiber optic networks are built, operated and maintained. By using the Rogue base, individual test modules are snapped in, test apps are launched and Rogue’s intuitive user interface does the rest. Rogue works with smart phones and tablets to take advantage of the best user interfaces currently available. The new platform will be demonstrated at BICSI Winter 2017 in Tampa at booth #927.

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“We started with a clean slate and designed a solution from the ground up,” explained Rob Gilberti, senior product marketing manager for AFL’s Test & Inspection division. “By eliminating the baggage associated with legacy systems, we were able to leverage the most powerful technologies to create a flexible and scalable solution that addresses the business challenges of our customers.” 

Rogue is an open, flexible, ruggedly built modular test platform that enables customers to select the functionality needed including Tier 1 Certification, fiber end-face inspection and multi-fiber MPO certification. The platform provides a familiar and intuitive user interface using test modules to create the test capability that a technician requires for a specific job. AFL’s patent-pending design enables technicians to control their test hardware with or without a smart device.  

Rogue integrates seamlessly with aeRos, a cloud-based, comprehensive workflow and data management solution. With aeRos, users can integrate every aspect of their workflow for greater savings including setting up jobs and equipment before trucks ever roll, interacting with technicians in real time, collecting and analyzing data in the cloud and issuing reports more efficiently.

Every aspect of the testing process is more efficient with aeRos. Through centralized workflow and data management, coordinating with field technicians is simpler and more cost-effective. Jobs can be organized from anywhere in the world and pushed remotely to field equipment allowing technicians to test with the push of a button. Test data and project updates automatically synchronize.

For additional information about AFL, its products and services, visit www.AFLglobal.com.  


Harris Announced as latest sponsor of the next Future Soldier Technology Event

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SMi Group Welcome Harris Corporation as the Latest Sponsor for Future Soldier Technology Conference

Event organisers SMi is delighted to announce that the third annual conference on Future Soldier Technology will be sponsored by: BlackBox Biometrics, Invista textiles, Revision Military, Marom-Dolphin, Sea Systems Engineering, Ultra Electronics and latest confirmed: Harris Corporation.

For 120 years, Harris have been leaders in technology and innovation, delivering innovative solutions through four business segments: Communication Systems, Space and Intelligence Systems, Electronic Systems and Critical Networks. Delegates will get the chance to meet them and all the sponsors at this year’s event; in London on the 13th and 14th March.

What future attendees can expect for 2017: With its interactive format, SMi maintain their original belief in “No Attendees only participants”. Unlike other events, Future Soldier Technology is designed around a combination of panel discussions and focused discussion groups, run by two chairmen – experts in soldier Technology.

What attendees will gain: As the only conference in Europe solely dedicated to enhancing soldier modernisation programmes this year, the conference will explore the greatest challenges and next generation solutions that are enabling infantry to conduct operations in today’s and tomorrow’s battlefields. Key topics include: lightening the load and analysis of space for components, power and energy, body armour and night vision, communications and common integrated architecture.

Expert speakers for 2017 include senior representatives from: British Army, Infantry Trials and Development Unit, United States Marine Corps, US Army Northern Warfare Training Center, Canadian Forces, UK MoD, PEO Soldier, DSTL, United States Marine Corps, Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency, T N O Human Factors Research Institute, Thales, Rheinmetall Electronics and many more.

There will also be two post-conference workshops on: ‘How to Do Business with the British Army for Soldier Modernisation’ and ‘Black Swans and Soldier Programme Management: A Look inside the US Army Technology and Equipment Acquisitions from Capability Setting To Procurement’.

For those interested in attending Future Soldier Technology 2017, register online by 31st January to receive a £100 discount.

Future Soldier Technology 2017
13th and 14th March 2017
London, United Kingdom

Subsea Decommissioning Lessons Learned Whitepaper launched

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Offshore Network has teamed up with UniversalPegasus International to bring you a whitepaper on their innovative use of ROV technology to overcome the challenge of collecting information for mature subsea wells during subsea decommissioning projects.

While the North Sea decommissioning market is thriving and major break throughs have been achieved in the past year in terms of increasing the efficiencies of platform abandonment campaigns, this compelling case study from the Gulf of Mexico will give answers to many of the most significant challenges that remain for NS operators who have overlooked their subsea liability. The whitepaper includes:

  • An analysis of a recent project involving the decommissioning of several deepwater subsea rigid jumpers, flying leads, and other subsea equipment using novel ROV applications
  • A review of challenges associated with the depletion of original equipment knowledge and solutions to handle outdated equipment and methodology for deepwater projects
  • A study of how innovative improvements to ROV functionality and tooling before offshore execution led to cost savings by enabling synchronisation with P&A operations

With decommissioning forecasts ranging in the billions globally and opportunities aplenty, this whitepaper will also help service companies understand how out of the box thinking and unconventional approaches must be found to help North Sea operators tackle a number of challenges ranging from harsh and unpredictable weather conditions to high costs and a lack of expertise, as well as address major technological gaps.

Levels of activity speak for themselves:

  • CNR successfully completed a large platform abandonment campaign in 2016 on over 30 wells at the Murchison field and have started planning for over 20 more
  • ConocoPhillips similarly undertook a historic plugging operation on the Ekofisk 2/4 A platform using the Rowan Gorilla VI drilling rig in Norway while it had previously worked with Ensco in 2015 to plug and abandon 18 wells on six platforms in the Southern North Sea
  • Proserv abandoned 3 wells for Talisman in a water depth of 150-170m in 2015 and worked on 8 wells for Maersk in 119m of water in early 2016
  • Petrofac also secured a P&A project for Tullow Oil on the Horne and Wren platform in the Southern North Sea
  • Claxton was awarded work by Statoil for the rigless recovery of seven abandoned wells on the Huldra platform, in the Norwegian Continental Shelf

The North Sea decommissioning market is thus thriving and if you wish to find out more about UniversalPegasus International’s innovative use of ROV technology and how such innovations could be applied in the North Sea, access the free whitepaper now at http://tinyurl.com/RMM-Decom-Report


L3 MAPPS to upgrade EDF Energy’s Dungeness B Simulator


L3 MAPPS announced today that it has been awarded a contract by United Kingdom-based EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Limited to perform upgrade work on the operator training simulator for the Dungeness B Nuclear Power Station. The two-phase project will start immediately and is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2019.

“We are pleased to add Dungeness B to the five EDF Energy sites that we are already supporting in the U.K.,” said Michael Chatlani, Vice President of Marketing & Sales for L3 MAPPS Power Systems and Simulation. “EDF Energy and L3 MAPPS have jointly produced excellent results on 20+ projects that were delivered on time and on budget, and we look forward to duplicating this success on the Dungeness B simulator upgrade project.”

“EDF Energy is happy to move forward with the operational phase of upgrading the Dungeness B simulator using L3’s Orchid® platform and high-fidelity models, with which we have already experienced positive results at three other Advanced Gas-cooled Reactor (AGR) sites,” said David Norris, Training Lead at EDF Energy’s Dungeness B Nuclear Power Station.

“The addition of the Reactor 2 simulation will provide enhanced operator training opportunities and greater training realism with a full dual-unit common control room environment,” added Linden Avery, Performance Improvement Manager at Dungeness B Nuclear Power Station.

In the first phase, L3 MAPPS will replatform the legacy simulator from SGI/UNIX® computers to new PC/Windows®-based computers running L3’s industry-leading Orchid simulation environment. L3 MAPPS will provide operating crew debrief capabilities with its powerful Orchid Multimedia Manager audiovisual system. Orchid Multimedia Manager is fully synchronized with Orchid Instructor Station and the simulated plant, allowing convenient replay and playback of training scenarios. L3 MAPPS will also provide a classroom environment where the instructor will be able to connect Orchid Instructor Station running on a tablet PC to any of the students’ simulations. Additionally, the students will be able to interact with the simulation using virtual panels displayed on three large touchscreens that are enabled with L3 MAPPS’ Orchid Touch Interface technology.

During the second phase, L3 MAPPS will develop Dungeness B plant-specific reactor core neutronics, as well as boiler and gas circuit models for Reactor 1, using Orchid Core Builder and Orchid Modeling Environment. The Reactor 1 models will be adapted for Reactor 2 and connected via the common services models. L3 MAPPS will also fabricate new Reactor 2 panels and upgrade the existing Reactor 2 desk. The Reactor 2 instruments will be interfaced to the simulation via compact I/O system equipment driven by L3 MAPPS’ Orchid Input Output software.

EDF Energy is one of the U.K.’s largest energy companies and its largest producer of low-carbon electricity. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of the EDF Group, one of Europe’s largest energy groups. EDF Energy generates approximately one-fifth of the U.K.’s electricity and employs around 15,000 people. The Dungeness B Nuclear Power Station is located on the southeast coast of England and is composed of two AGR reactors, producing a total of 1,050 MWe. AGR reactors are unique to the U.K. and use carbon dioxide (CO2) coolant instead of water as light water reactors do. Dungeness B started commercial operation in 1983 and decommissioning is expected to begin in 2028.

L3 MAPPS has over 30 years of experience in pioneering technological advances in the marine automation field and over 40 years of experience in delivering high-fidelity power plant simulation to leading utilities worldwide. In addition, the Company has more than four decades of expertise in supplying plant computer systems for Canadian heavy water reactors. L3 MAPPS also provides targeted controls and simulation solutions to the space sector. To learn more about L3 MAPPS, please visit the Company’s website at www.L3T.com/MAPPS.

Headquartered in New York City, L3 employs approximately 38,000 people worldwide and is a leading provider of a broad range of communication and electronic systems and products used on military, homeland security and commercial platforms. L3 is also a prime contractor in aerospace systems, security and detection systems, and pilot training. The Company reported 2015 sales of $10.5 billion. To learn more about L3, please visit the Company’s website at www.L3T.com.


Unique Group brings expertise in hyperbaric oxygen treatment chambers to new healthcare markets

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Unique Group, the leading integrated subsea and offshore solution provider, is investing almost 2m euros in an innovative healthcare division to bring its 25 years’ of expertise in hyperbaric oxygen treatment (HBOT) chambers to new markets.

The new division – Unique Medical Technology – will launch in February 2017 at the Arab Health Show in Dubai, where the business will be demonstrating its expertise in quality focused production and client services for the healthcare sector.

The move follows the acquisition in 2015 by Unique Group of Oceanwide SaS, the Netherlands-based market leader in the design, construction and maintenance of self-propelled hyperbaric lifeboats.

Headquartered in Rotterdam, Unique Medical Technology will serve the healthcare market across Europe, Middle East and Asia and draw on the experience, knowledge and expertise of the wider Unique Group.

Harry Gandhi, chief executive of Unique Group, comments: “This significant investment in our new division draws on nearly three decades of engineering expertise in the maritime industry to bring market-leading hyperbaric chambers and client services to the healthcare sector.

“There has long been a gap for a genuine hyperbaric specialist company in the medical sector and Unique Medical Technology will fill that space. We are already processing enquiries for our products and we will be working initially with hospitals and clinics from our base in the Netherlands.  Over the coming years we will use our engineering expertise for further product development within this important sector. ”

The new business will initially focus on the production of hyperbaric oxygen treatment (HBOT) chambers with integrated critical care monitoring equipment and will also provide specialist training in the use of the technology.

With a focus on efficiency and quality, the chambers will be produced within 3 to 6 months, depending on specification.  Flexible finance offerings will also be available.

Traditionally used in the diving industry, HBOT chambers are now used in the medical sector for treating various conditions, such as carbon monoxide poisoning, Diabetic wound care and non-healing cuts.

Please visit: www.uniquegroup.com


Saving material and improving throughput


Cimteq and ACM Analytical systems have release full integration between CableBuilder, the cable design system and KSM, the cable testing and analysis program.  The integration is considered as a revolutionary advancement in closing the loop between the theories of design engineering and the realities of the shopfloor.

Early this year the two companies announces a fully automated integration of design test parameters from the CableBuilder to KSM test system.  Today’s announcement builds on this foundation by providing design engineering with feedback of historical performance of products at their fingertips.  This enables them to make design improvements that reflect the current realities of manufacturing.  The integration provides Statistical Process Control (SPC) charts, Cp and Cpk, and many more parameters and trends.  It even provides the design engineer with the raw material cost of not making the design improvements necessary.

Production lines over time either improve because of improvement in technology or new equipment, or in fact deteriorate.  Both cases periodically require a fresh look each product tolerances, or line speeds, to optimise its production.  There are essentially three action a design engineer can take, reduce tolerance if a new process improvements are working well.  Increase tolerance if the non-conforming product levels is high.  Or, adjust the line speed to maximise throughput.

Ali Shehab, the CEO of Cimteq said ‘The possibilities of production improvements and the speed with which they can be implemented, makes this a truly exciting development…’.  Making improvement changes to a set of designs that use a particular equipment takes only few minutes using CableBuilder’s mass update capabilities.  These improvements can immediately be reflected in the cost of the design used to quote customers, and on instruction to the shopfloor, as well as making the data available to ERP.

So what does that mean to the business.  Simply, quality products with lower material usage, and shorter lead times.

For more information, please visit: www.cimteq.com

INVISTA and SEA confirmed speakers for Future Soldier Technology 2017

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SMi Group Reports (2017. 01. 12., London, UK): INVISTA and SEA join Future Soldier Technology Conference 2017

SMi Group is thrilled to announce two additional expert speakers for the third annual Future Soldier Technology conference.

As the only conference solely dedicated to enhancing soldier modernisation programmes, Future Soldier Technology will cover the greatest challenges and next generation solutions that are enabling infantry to conduct operations in today’s and tomorrow’s battlefields.

The two additional expert speakers for the Future Soldier Technology conference are:

1). Jonathan Long- Global Innovation Manager at INVISTA will be speaking on day one on ‘Soldiers- Core of Military Capability’

Jonathan Long’s Bio: The newest member of the military marketing team for INVISTA’s CORDURA® brand, a registered trademark for durable fabrics. Long has more than 20 years of Department of Defense acquisition experience in government and private industry. Long served as the director of operations for the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army and in the private sector, worked as director of business development for the largest manufacturer of military clothing and textiles products.

Long also has an extensive army career. He served as chief, procurement division for the Army Contracting Command; Department of the Army systems coordinator; and Military deputy to the deputy commanding general. Retired from the U.S. Army after 22 years of active duty as a lieutenant colonel.

2). Laurence Bedford, Senior Principal Consultant, Research & Technical Support Division at SEA will be speaking on day one on ‘Delivering Dismounted Effect: Technology to capability’

Laurence Bedford’s Bio: 5 years’ experience on Soldier Systems research positions and roles include: Infantry Military Advisor to Dstl; Dstl Land Battlespace Department Team Leader; SEA Infantry Domain Subject Matter Expert to the Delivering Dismounted Effect Programme; SEA Programme Manager for Delivering Dismounted Effect Programme. This was preceded by 20 years military experience as an Infantry Officer with significant operational and training experience.

They will be joining 20 more expert speakers from organizations leading soldier modernization representing: British Army, Infantry Trials and Development Unit, United States Marine Corps, US Army Northern Welfare Training Center, Canadian Forces, T N O Human Factors Research Institute, Thales, UK MoD, DSTL, PEO Soldier, United Marines Corps, Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency, Rheinmetall Electronics.

Conference organizer, SMi Group, have released the event agenda on their website: http://www.futuresoldiertechnology.com/yourdefencenews this includes the full conference agenda, or download a PDF brochure.

SMi are also pleased to announce Revision Military have confirmed their participation as event sponsors and exhibitors. Revision Military build high-performance protective solutions for the evolving needs of the modern soldier. Delegates will get the chance to meet them at this year’s event.

For media enquiries, contact Shannon Cargan on +44 20 7827 6138 or scargan@smi-online.co.uk

Future Soldier Technology 2017
13th and 14th March 2017
London, United Kingdom

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