ITT and Servi Hydranor Design System to Absorb Shock During Resupply of
North Sea Drilling Platform
BAD KÖNIG, Germany -- July 1, 2014
ITT Corporation’s (NYSE:ITT) Control Technologies business has partnered with
Servi Hydranor AS, Norway’s largest distributor of hydraulic and
hydraulic-related products, to engineer a shock and vibration isolation system
for protecting cargo transferred from ships to the Norwegian oil company
Statoil’s Gudrun Platform in the North Sea’s Gudrun field.
The Gudrun Platform, which was built by Aibel AS, operates cranes for
around-the-clock cargo handling. As the crane operators hoist supplies from
ships to the platform, containers (some weighing as much as 8,000 kg) move
toward the Gudron Platform at speeds of up to 3 m/sec. The ITT-Servi Hydranor
system, part of a barrier engineered by Aibel AS for the Gudrun Platform,
includes highly tuned dampers that absorb the cargo’s kinetic energy.
“Moving equipment from a supply ship onto an offshore platform in difficult
conditions requires a highly engineered system of shocks and dampers,” said
Tomm Kuran, sales manager for Pneumatics at Servi Hydranor AS. “The Gudrun’s
crane operators are moving food as well as heavy and expensive equipment for
drilling. If an operator mishandles a container, people can be hurt or
equipment can be destroyed.”
Aibel came to Servi Hydranor, an ISO 9001 certified company, and ITT early in
the design process for the Gudron Platform with a set of specifications
(including environmental conditions) and space limitations. While offshore rig
builders are experienced at stabilizing cranes, Aibel understood there were
challenges for designing a dampening system for its cargo barrier. Engineers
were focused on helping crane operators safely pick and place cargo aboard the
Gudrun Platform. Servi Hydranor and ITT completed the shock and isolation
design work last year, and the Gudrun Platform is now in the Gudrun oil field
off the coast of Norway.
“ITT specializes in working with key partners like Servi Hydranor to engineer
customized solutions for some of the most demanding applications in the
world,” said Munish Nanda, president of ITT’s Control Technologies business.
“We apply our engineering expertise to protect our customers’ systems and
structures, so they can achieve their goals.”
“A mishandled container can cause damage to its contents or the platform
itself, which could halt drilling operations,” said Peter Bauer, managing
director for ITT Control Technologies EMEA GmbH. “We’re able to customize and
recommend engineering systems for projects like the Gudron Platform because we
have experience with energy absorption technology for manufacturing, robotics,
conveyors and overhead crane applications worldwide.”
ITT is a focused multi-industrial company that designs and manufactures highly
engineered critical components and customized technology solutions. Our
customers in the energy, transportation and industrial markets depend on us to
solve their most critical problems, and we focus on partnering with them to
find solutions to their unique challenges. Founded in 1920, ITT is
headquartered in White Plains, N.Y., with employees in more than 35 countries.
The company has sales in approximately 125 countries and generated 2013
revenues of $2.5 billion. For more information, visit www.itt.com.
About ITT’s Control Technologies business
ITT’s Control Technologies business is a global manufacturer and supplier of
highly engineered industrial products and aerospace components. Through
leading brands such as Enidine, the business serves customers in the
infrastructure, energy, heavy industry, aerospace and automation markets.
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