MTNW Announces NSF Award to Retrofit US Coast Guard Icebreakers Healy & Polar Sea

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Measurement Technology NW brings modern winch instrumentation and monitoring to the US Coast Guard

Measurement Technology NW (MTNW) announces award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to upgrade winch monitoring technology for the Coast Guard Icebreakers Healy and Polar Sea. This award brings new MTNW hardware and software technology to the support of winch operations; which are mission critical to these Arctic research vessels.

NSF and the Coast Guard are working with MTNW because the Line Control Instruments’ (LCI) monitoring and control system provides advanced technology for on-deck safety, reliability, and research accuracy. “The recent change in the operating safety standards for NSF-funded vessels has required a technology upgrade on active vessels,” said Tom Rezanka, Managing Director of MTNW. “Our winch technology exceeds the newly-adopted standards, and will both increase safety for personnel and enhance marine research in the Arctic.”

Rezanka explained that having winch technology that continuously monitors line tension, allows trending, alarm evaluation, data collection with peak load capture at high sample rates--locally at the winch operator station, in the control room, on the bridge and remotely through the PC--increases the safety factor beyond other currently available systems.

“The selection of MTNW as a primary technology provider for this icebreaker fleet reflects our 20 years of commitment to supporting the oceanographic research community,” said Matt Mostad, VP of Sales & Marketing for MTNW.

The National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…"

Measurement Technology NW Line Control Instruments (LCI) produces a wide range of precision line control products, including the LCI-90i and LCI-80 (winch displays), WinchDAC (winch monitoring software), running line tensiometers(cable line riders), and much more. Look for MTNW at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, TX (May 2012) and at Oceans 2012 in Hampton Roads, Virginia (October, 2012).


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