New underwater tapping unit The new 1200RC compact remote-controlled subsea hot tapping machine is lightweight and allows hot tapping to be carried out from the safety of a diving support vessel (DSV) or platform. The critical part of the hot tapping process is the point at which the drill penetrates the pipe, which has now been rendered diverless by the 1200RC. The direct control and visibility from a laptop will help improve hot tapping, giving way to a more efficient and safer process, the company says. While the installation of the hot tap assembly and subsequent removal of the machine will still require diver assistance when a preinstalled tee is not present, the performance of the ...

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