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Winter 2010/11

SEA CON Advanced Products, LLC Continues to Expand

SEA CON® Advanced Products, LLC (SAPL) of Bellville, Texas 24/7 on call Field Service and Support department has established its first global Maintenance Service Agreement (MSA) with one of its largest customers and is negotiating with other customers in order to provide rapid response for maintenance to crucial offshore connector systems.  This department continues to grow to meet ever increasing demands by investing in additional stock levels and certifying new Service Technicians, now bringing the Group’s on-site service personnel to a total of 18 and still growing.  These highly trained technicians, qualified to perform new installations, connector repairs, armor and Kevlar terminations of umbilicals and molding breakout assemblies, are available to provide an immediate and professional response to any service requirement in any location across the globe.

In addition the construction of a new climate controlled building which will be used as a base for global operations and in-house multiplex (MUX) cable terminations, is due to be completed by the end of 2010 and will expand SAPL’S overall facilities in Bellville from 15,000 sq.ft to 19,000 sq.ft.

SAPL’S Engineering and Production Departments have also expanded with further resources added to help accommodate Design, Engineering and Manufacturing requirements and our Qualification facilities have increased with the addition of a fourth hydrostatic pressure vessel. This new pressure tank has an operating area of 39″ internal diameter x 110″ deep and boasts a working pressure of 6,750psi/465 bar. Designed to 2001 ASME, Section VIII, Div 2 specifications, this vessel has an easy opening clam shell lid and programmable software for controlled ramp rates and hold times. Scheduled for commissioning shortly, this latest pressure vessel will be housed in a new building complimented with a 5 ton overhead crane.
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More SAPL News

The production set-up of the wet-mateable SEA CON® Optical Jumper is now operational with several jumpers already delivered to many customers.  This optical jumper utilizes Precision Subsea AS Pressure Balanced OilFilled (PBOF) hose and has completed an intensive round of qualification testing.
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Defense Contract Wins

SEA CON® is pleased to announce the award of key, competitive contracts for both prototype and production cables for the new sonar sensing array on the Virginia Class submarines. SEA CON® has been selected to supply both the electrical and optical array cable assemblies and will deliver these over the next several years. These contracts demonstrate great confidence in our support of critical submarine Defense systems. In addition, our new manufacturing division, SEA CON® Phoenix, LLC, has achieved success with key contracts being won for submarine sensor and self defense systems for both Navy and Prime contractor customers.
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Improved Focus on Defense Program Management

SEA CON® has recently improved its support of Defense contracts by establishing a support structure at its key Defense Support Divisions that provides up front Contract Review, Requirements Analysis, Risk Analysis as well as Design Reviews and Project Scheduling support. Defense Project Managers work through a matrixed internal organization that ensures that our Defense Contracts receive the correct support.  Our Project Teams fully understand the unique ‘language’ of the Defense market and will respond with timely Project status and assistance.  We have received excellent feedback of our recent focus on Design Reviews, and in 2009 alone, our Defense Project Teams conducted 1 TRR (Test Readiness Review), 2 PDR’s (Preliminary Design Review), 1 CDR (Critical Design Review), and 1 PRR (Production Readiness Review), all to the current Defense Acquisition system guidelines.
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Award of Seaport – e Contract

SEA CON® of El Cajon, California is pleased to announce that it has been named a prime contractor on the US Navy’s Seaport Enhanced (Seaport-e) multiple award program. Seaport-e is the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) electronic platform for acquiring Engineering, Technical and Programmatic support services for the US Navy. Seaport-e provides a standardized means of issuing competitive solicitations amongst a large and diverse community of approved contractors as well as awarding and managing performance based task orders. SEA CON® is pleased to be able to provide support services to Seaport-e across Zone 1 (Northeast), Zone 2 (National Capital), Zone 3 (Mid Atlantic), Zone 4 (Gulf Coast), Zone 6 (Southwest) and Zone 7 (Northwest).
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Two Divisions Now Certified to Navy Molding Specification

SEA CON® is very excited to be able to announce that we now have two Divisions certified to NAVSEA S9320-AM-PRO-020/MLDG, the Navy’s specification for PU(Polyurethane) molding of outboard cable assemblies. Both SEA CON in El Cajon, California and SEA CON® Phoenix, LLC of Ashaway, Rhode Island now hold this prestigious certification and are both providing our DOD customers with highly reliable molded cable assemblies!
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New Product Developments

SEA CON® Global Production (SGP) has developed several new products in recent months. These include a wet-mate version of the popular RMA Rubber Molded connector series. The RMA-1#16-FS/MP has the same specifications as the traditional dry-mate connector but is suitable for mating in wet conditions.

With ever increasing inquiries for connectors to be used for Ethernet applications and our continuous program of specifying suitable connectors from our standard range for use on these systems, SGP has identified the ALL-WET AW-1/54-MP/BC and AW-2/54-MP/BC utilizing CAT5 cable as a suitable candidate for Ethernet connectivity providing data transmission up to 100 Mbps at 1,450 psi.

In addition, the MINI-CON MING-10 connector has also been rated to 1Gbps, up to 90m cable length, 16,000 psi/1200 bar and a right angled version of the erjjbo HUML connector rated to 1Gbps, up to 90m cable length, 10,000 psi/690 bar. Additional testing is on-going on a variety of other products for Ethernet use.

SGP has produced a metal shell version of it’s highly successful Micro WET-CON series. The MC-BH-M/F connector body is manufactured from Neoprene with a 316 Stainless Steel shell and brass gold plated contacts. Suitable for a variety of heavy duty applications and compatible with other industry standard connectors, this new version is pressure rated to 10,000 psi with a voltage rating of 300 VDC and is currently available with 10 or 12 contacts, although new configurations are due to be added shortly. Many special types of these connectors have been produced by SEA CON® over the years, therefore please contact SGP for any standard catalogue requirements or specific and OEM applications.
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A Successful Delivery of HYDRALIGHT Connectors for ‘Atlantis ’ Tidal Turbine Project

In August 2010, Atlantis Resources Corporation uncovered the AK1000™, the world’s largest and most powerful tidal turbine in Scotland, UK. A few days later, this turbine was successfully deployed in 35 meters of water at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland, UK which will deliver, clean renewable energy. SEA CON® Advanced Products, LLC of Bellville, Texas, USA supplied a stab plate mounted pair of HYDRALIGHT optical underwater mateable connectors for installation onto the AK1000™. The ‘Atlantis’ project is the second tidal generator to which SEA CON® has supplied connectors. The first is installed at a test site and is presently generating power to the grid.
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