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The introduction of submersible Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs) and drones has revolutionized underwater navigation. Traditionally, humans would be bound to diving limits, or rely on expensive, on-board piloted submarines to examine submerged assets. In modern practice, ROVs are now being used globally across a wide range of industries such as Aquaculture, Infrastructure, Energy, Search and Rescue, Commercial Diving, Defense, etc..
As the technology for underwater exploration advances, identifying the best ROV for a project becomes more complex. The perfect underwater exploration and inspection tool varies drastically depending on a variety of circumstances. Different tasks, environments, and budgets all dictate which ROV package is right for you. The aim of this guide is to lay out the five most important factors that should be considered before purchasing an ROV.
Every question you ask yourself should be in reference to the ROV’s ability to complete the core task. Modern ROVs are capable of housing a wide array of attachments. Some of these have general application across many tasks, while others can be extremely specific for a particular industry. Before committing to a vehicle model, assess whether its core capabilities and compatible addons provide a viable solution for your current problem.
At Deep Trekker, quality is of the utmost importance. The ROVs are constructed of aluminum, which provides superior durability compared to plastic bodied ROVs. Before leaving production, they are also anodized and powder-coated to prevent rusting. To ensure quality, every single Deep Trekker ROV undergoes rigorous testing that includes a full run through of battery cycle and pressure test.
While ROVs are built specifically to dive underwater, many models on the market have components which aren’t water resistant. This can cause issues when deploying boat-side or during rain. Topside power sources and components such as laptops or monitors can limit the usability of the ROV in poor weather conditions. For the most versatile solution, ensure that all of the ROV’s components have some form of water resistance.
Deep Trekker ROVs ship as a complete visual inspection solution. All units ship with a splash proof controller and a durable tether with a 300lbs break strength. Our ROVs are also able to withstand harsh temperatures down to -5° C (23°F) for year-round operation through most climates.
In addition to piloting the ROV, portability is a major factor to consider before purchase. Some large work-class ROVs can be hundreds of pounds and require machinery to deploy. While this may be a necessity for work at depths below 1,000ft, the majority of situations will benefit from smaller form factors to allow deployment from virtually anywhere.
At Deep Trekker we pride ourselves on making incredibly intuitive ROVs that anyone can use. With Deep Trekker’s patented pitching system and gaming-style controller, maneuvering the ROV around obstacles is made easy. Near-zero latency video feed to the 7” controller screen provides excellent vision for improved piloting. While advanced training is available, most Deep Trekker customers are familiar with their units within a single afternoon.
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Deep Trekker’s ROVs have been carefully crafted to be extremely easy to manage. Depending on the model, the entire system conveniently packs up into rugged Pelican wheeled cases for superior protection. The included reel keeps the tether organized to avoid tangling. The tether itself is incredibly durable and can easily be re-terminated
With no O-rings or seals to grease or replace there is no need to open up Deep Trekker ROVs at any time. The only required maintenance is rinsing the ROV off with freshwater after a saltwater mission and completing a full battery charge every few months if the ROV is idle.
At Deep Trekker, we have worked tremendously hard to keep our prices as affordable as possible and ensure that our products and spare parts are not out of reach for customers’ budgets. That being said, we were not willing to compromise the quality of our products for price. We use the highest quality parts available and provide robust features to best suit your applications, without an inflated price tag.
Deep Trekker also offers three different ROV models to suit any budget. For more information on the available packages, click here. To optimize budgets even further, customers have the choice of purchasing from pre-built packages, or creating a custom ‘a-la-carte’ package so they are only paying for the features they need.
Behind the precision engineering and comprehensive features, Deep Trekker also takes pride in their excellent customer service. When someone buys a Deep Trekker, they become a part of the Deep Trekker Community. Our dedicated sales and service team has expertise across many industries, and will work diligently to resolve any concerns that come up after purchase.
Making any large purchase can be a complicated and stressful process. In the world of robotics, this can be especially true. This guide is aimed at helping potential customers feel confident in their ROV decision. To reach out about any remaining questions or get a custom quote, contact one of our industry specialists today.
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