Siemens: Automation and back of deck machines for laying pipelines on the sea floor
21 July 2016
On a calm day in the North Sea, laying kilometers of pipeline or cables on the ocean floor is a tough job. Even in slightly rougher weather, however, surging waves can increase dynamic loads on the line from a normal load of 25 tons upwards of 200 tons – taking a tough job and making it even tougher.
Pipe- and cable-laying equipment in this environment needs to be rugged, but it also needs intelligence and precision. With help from the SIWAREX WP231 weighing module, SITRANS P220 pressure transmitters, SITRANS T temperature transmitters and the SIMATIC S7-1200 control system, oil and gas operations in oceans worldwide are made safer and more efficient.