SEATTLE – Measurement Technology NW (MTNW) announced this week an 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, according to a press release.
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 release said. “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, in a statement. “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, in a statement.