The months of August, September and October have been busy times for the SEACON Group with many successful exhibitions taking place including Energy Ocean in Hawaii, Offshore Europe in Aberdeen, Scotland, Ocean Tech Expo in Rhode Island, SEG in San Antonio, MTS Oceans America in Vancouver and most recently UUVS in Southampton, UK. The annual Water Environment Technical Exhibition & Conference (WEFTEC) will commence on 13 th through to 17 th October at the San Diego Convention Center where once again SEACON will be exhibiting. Please feel free to visit us at Booth #3830.
For further information on forthcoming exhibitions and conferences, please visit the Events section of this website.
SEACON has now added a range of split connectors to it’s popular Micro WET-CON wet mateable series. This series of connectors was originally developed to provide all the features of the ALL-WET connector range, but in a miniature industry standard configuration. The introduction of the new split connectors to the Micro WET-CON range will prevent costly ‘Y’ assemblies and will allow ease of replacement of break-outs by the customer. This smaller connector series offers the same flexibility and reliability as SEACON’s standard rubber molded connectors, in a lightweight and user-friendly model.
Please contact SEACON Global for further information.
SEACON is pleased to announce that it has once again been awarded Qualified Supplier by FMC Technologies in Houston after supplying them with a range of our connector products including the HYDRALIGHT, ALL-WET, HUMMER and MSS Series. The award, presented to SEACON following a triennial audit by the customer, recognizes ‘continued improvement in safety, quality and delivery’. This achievement is evidence and validation of SEACON’s continuous commitment in ensuring that each division within the Group has a quality system that meets and exceeds the quality requirements imposed on suppliers today.
OTC 2007 was yet another very successful exhibition for the SEACON Group with a large number of visitors to the SEACON stand reported. During the exhibition, SEACON introduced a number of new products including the MIN-D and MIN-E small diameter, light weight connectors in addition to the single pin slip-on series, low cost fiber optic and the Micro Wet-Con split connectors.
The four day exhibition at the beginning of May was an extremely important event for SEACON because it marked the start of the Group’s 40 th Anniversary celebrations.
The 9th International Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Competition takes place 2nd to 6th August 2007 at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center in San Diego.
The competition consisting of three missions, challenges student project teams from various universities and institutions to design and build an autonomous underwater vehicle. SEACON is pleased to sponsor the student project team at Cornell University with their AUV build, named Proteus by supplying Micro Wet-Con and Hummer connectors for the build. During the next few months SEACON will be following and reporting on the build progress which will be detailed on their website at www.seacon-usa.com, however further information can be found by visiting Cornell University’s website at www.cuauv.org.
SEACON wishes Cornell University every success with this very exciting project.
The Terra Nova oil field discovered in 1984 by Petro-Canada is the second largest field located 350km off Canada’s East Coast and the first harsh environment development in North America to use a Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel.
Back in May last year, production of the Terra Nova oil field was halted due to a mechanical issue with the gear box which was attached to the starboard main power generator. The early shutdown allowed Petro-Canada to advance it’s program to improve reliability. Part of the program was to replace the environmental connectors including the connectors to the Beacons, Lights, Telephones and Sensors in addition to those located in the lower turret.
SEACON were contacted by Petro- Canada to come up with a suitable design for this project which presented a number of challenges including the required CSA (Canadian Standards Authority) Hazardous location testing and certification along with a very tight delivery of the connector assemblies. The CSA has a very strict criteria in order that connectors can be certified as flame proof. One such requirement was that the contacts of the connector be self-extinguishing should a flame or spark generate following mating or de-mating.
Many challenges were faced and overcome including the large conductor size of the cables and identifying a solution to attach the armor to the shells, but still facilitating the flow of rubber through and around the armor to avoid any air entrapment in the termination. As a result of our highly skilled Engineering, Production and Project Management teams working closely together with the customer and the CSA, SEACON developed the 8010 Series of connectors, which combine our All-Wet connector technology. These connectors were subjected to a number of stringent tests required by the CSA including temperature, flame, explosion, pressure and mechanical strength all of which successfully passed. This new development further shows our continued commitment to customers in coming up with workable solutions for specific applications.
Following the announcement by the Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC) that Bellville had won a Community Economic Development Award (CEDA), SEACON Advanced Products, LLC were invited to attend the awards ceremony held at the end of September 2006 in Houston.
The CEDA awards program recognizes exceptional contributions of TEDC member cities towards the economic vitality of their communities and the State of Texas through creativity, leadership and partnership in the achievement of business retention, recruitment and community improvement. The CEDA committee received applications from 37 TEDC member communities who were judged on five criteria; innovativeness, transferability, community commitment and leverage, measured objectives and secondary benefits.
The CEDA award was presented to five member communities; Bellville, Mount Pleasant, Hereford, Frisco and Austin. Craig Newell, International Sales Manager at SEACON Advanced Products, LLC in Bellville attended the ceremony to receive the award along with other member companies from Bellville. Michael Meek of TEDC said, “each community nominated achieved excellence in economic development and substantially improved the economic base of their respective regions. The recipient communities were recognized for extraordinary accomplishments in meeting the criteria set forth in the nomination process”.
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