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Seatools launch new-generation DipMate

DipMate dredging monitoring system

Dutch manufacturer introduces fourth-generation of dredging monitoring and control systems 

SEATOOLS have announced the introduction of the fourth generation of the DipMate backhoe dredging monitoring and control systems. The upgrade encompasses two models: the Essential and Pro.

DipMate Essential is described as a cost-competitive visualization system that contains all the essentials for efficient backhoe dredging, whilst the Pro is an advanced version that can be delivered with a range of automation modules to allow operators of all skill levels to dredge safely and maximize dredging productivity.

Jan Frumau, managing director of Seatools, said: ‘Since we first launched DipMate, the system has gained tremendous popularity among backhoe dredger operators around the world. With the introduction of the fourth generation, we will now be able to serve an even larger market share.

‘Thanks to the introduction of the DipMate Essential, Seatools propose an economically attractive solution for small- and medium-duty excavators, as well as operators who do not require automation functionalities, but do appreciate common DipMate characteristics, such as high levels of accuracy, reliability and customization.

‘As of now, Seatools offer appropriate backhoe dredging monitoring systems even to those operators whose budgets, skill levels and needs are limited.’

The DipMate Pro, which can endure the toughest of dredging conditions thanks to its rugged hardware, can be executed with a range of intervention and operator-assistance modules to enhance productivity and safety.

Over and above the company’s permanent quest for technologies to boost dredging efficiency, Seatools say an increasing number of clients are requesting functionalities to safeguard both the dredging equipment and any submerged objects it might strike.

To meet these needs, Seatools have developed several modules to raise safety levels on and around the dredger, such as a collision protection module. This allows safe and productive backhoe dredging near high-risk objects, such as wharves, pipelines and cables, and other submerged features.

The module encapsulates the object at hand in a virtual safety shield, slowing down and eventually stopping the dredging equipment if it approaches an object too closely, thereby preventing incidents such as pipeline strikes.

Compared with today’s DipMate Pro and its predecessors, Seatools say the DipMate Essential is based on completely different system architecture and trims the Pro’s extensive functionalities. Moreover, the new system is very compact in size, allowing for installation on smaller excavators as well as land-based machines.

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