The TITANROB is a titanium built hydraulic manipulator designed for heavy duty subsea applications in ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle) submarine operations. The original concept was developed in order to fulfil the gap between the big and heavy manipulators for WROV vehicles and the smaller electric light ROV with intervention capabilities underwater, where the weight of the vehicle equipment in the water is a must
The TITANROB is a manipulator with enhanced characteristics of weight/power ratio and capabilities: by using titanium as main material, lower weight and more mechanical characteristics are achieved, allowing improved dimensioning.
On the other hand, by using the same hydraulic power supply, the ROV vehicle has a more powerful and rugged tool, with lower weight and volume, improved capabilities, and thus allowing lower buoyancy needs. The prototype and development of this equipment was carried out by ACSM (www.acsmships.com ) supported by QUATUM (www.quantuminnovative.es) and CIMA (www.cima.uvigo.es ), a very experienced local mechanical engineering research group in the University of Vigo (Spain).
At present, ACSM has designed 3 different prototypes namely M501 (2nd improved version of the original M500 prototype), the M700, and the G500, which correspond to a 5 function and a 7 function Manips, and a 5 function Grabber, completing a series of manipulators that can be combined by pairs to mount on an ROV depending the customer needs