Caldwell adds RUD remotely operated vehicle hooks to In-Stock programme

28 March 2024

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The Caldwell Group has added remotely operated vehicle (ROV) hooks from RUD to its in-stock programme. The hooks, available in 10t and 25t capacity, are supplied through Caldwell’s dealer network, primarily for use in underwater applications in the Gulf Coast region.

Jay Schroeder, western sales manager at Caldwell, said: “Just like every other market segment, when someone needs it, they need it now. Many times, you can’t anticipate when you have a failure or an emergent need, and it is important to keep the job running. Overall, it is important we have these hooks in stock. The equipment our ROV hooks are lifting is often worth well over a million [dollars].”

He added: “RUD is a high-quality, Germany-manufactured product, so it takes a certain type of company to be able to deliver it here in North America, keeping lead times short and stock levels high, close to the point of use.”

The RUD ROV hooks can be operated by all commonly used ROV manipulators, including the grabber. The outwardly opening safety latch, which can be operated by a single manipulator, automatically closes when the ROV releases the triggers, and it is securely locked in closed position.

The RUD ROV hooks also feature a twin trigger mechanism – it opens only by pressing both triggers simultaneously. “It only requires one hand to operate whereas most alternatives need two hands to open and close,” said The Caldwell Group, while radio-frequency identification (RFID) enhances inspection and tracking.

Jay Schroeder