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Bowtech Products Ltd

Bowtech Products Ltd

Bowtech Products Ltd (Est. 1989) specialises in the design, manufacture and supply of underwater harsh environment vision systems, which includes video inspection systems, underwater cameras, underwater LED lights, xenon underwater emergency relocation strobes, custom moulded cable assemblies, pan and tilts, underwater electrical and fibre-optic connectors, fibre-optic multiplexers and slip rings for use in hazardous areas or subsea, at any ocean depth.

Bowtech Products’ underwater vision systems are deployed in the harshest environments within the ROV AUV, oil and gas, defence, oceanographic, nuclear, leisure and marine science industries. Bowtech Products prides itself on listening to its customers to ascertain their requirements. Its fully trained team of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and Technicians provide technical support to the entire product range and innovative design solutions.

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  • Sections: Cable Accessories , Communication, Defence, Drilling, Fibre Optic , Gulf of Mexico Oil, Marine, North Sea Oil, Nuclear, Oil and Gas, Oil Product, Pipeline, Production, Renewable, Subsea
  • Regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, North America, Oceania, South America
  • Telephone: +44 (0)1224 772345
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    Bowtech Products Limited
    Howe Moss Crescent
    Kirkhill Industrial Estate
    Dyce
    Aberdeen AB21 0GN

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Oil & Gas - Vision Systems

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ATEX Certified Systems

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Bowtech Products supply a range of ATEX Certified products for hazardous area applications, including offshore topsides, vessels and platforms...

FPSO Vessels

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Bowtech Products supply visual inspection and monitoring systems for floating production storage offloading vessels (FPSO) applications...

Jack Ups

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Bowtech Products supply visual inspection and monitoring systems for offshore jack up drilling rig applications...

Semi Submersible Rigs and Drillships

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Bowtech Products supply visual inspection and monitoring systems for oil and gas exploration drilling applications...

Defence - Vision Systems

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Naval Ship Vision Systems

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Bowtech Products design, manufacture and supply vision systems for use by Naval Forces and Defence Contractors...

Naval Submarine Vision Systems

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Bowtech Products design, manufacture and supply vision systems for Naval Submarines and Major Defence Contractors...

ROV AUV and Diver Vision Systems

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Bowtech Products design, manufacture and supply a range of underwater cameras, LED lights and video inspection and monitoring systems for ROV AUV underwater Vehicle and diving applications...

 

 

 

ROV AUV

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Cameras

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Bowtech Products manufactures underwater harsh environment cameras for ROV AUV underwater vehicles...

LED Lights

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Bowtech Products manufactures underwater harsh environment LED lights for ROV AUV underwater vehicles...

Xenon Emergency Strobes

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Bowtech Products manufactures Xenon Emergency Relocation Strobes to aid in object identification and emergency relocation...

Video Inspection Systems & Controllers

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Bowtech Products manufactures video inspection systems that are compact, versatile and cost effective...

Pan & Tilts

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Bowtech Products has a long history of supllying the correct pan and tilt rotator for your needs...

Fibre Optic Multiplexers 

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Bowtech Products suplly a wide range of fibre optic, wireless video and data multiplexers for ROV AUV underwater vehicles...

Connectors

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Bowtech Products supply underwater fibre optic and electrical connectors for ROV AUV underwater vehicles...

Accessories

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Bowtech Products manufactures a wide range of video and vision accessories...

Nuclear

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Cameras

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Bowtech Products manufacture underwater harsh environment cameras for Nuclear applications...

Lights

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Bowtech Products manufacture underwater harsh environment LED lights for Nuclear applications...

Video Inspection Systems & Controllers

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Bowtech Products manufacture video inspection systems that are compact, versatile and cost effective...

Pan & Tilts

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Bowtech Products has a long history of supplying the correct pan & tilt or rotator for its clients...

Connectors

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Bowtech Products supply underwater fibre optic and electrical connectors for Nuclear applictions...

Accessories

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Bowtech Products manufacture a wide range of video and vision accessories...

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At Bowtech Products we are constantly looking for talented and motivated new employees who can contribute to the vision and success of our business. Please email your CV to

Please select a job below for more information:

Strategic Sales and Marketing Manager
Internal Sales Executive
• Mechanical Design Engineer

Features

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Bowtech Products Ltd, a global market leader in subsea vision systems, announced that it has delivered a £100,000 Chain Stopper Monitoring System to SBM Offshore, to monitor the chain stoppers during installation of the BP Quad 204 Turret Mooring System (TMS).

The new system will allow visual monitoring of each chain stopper ratchet, when the chains are being tensioned during the installation phase of the TMS.  There are a total of 20 chain stoppers which require monitoring during this phase, located on the chaintable, on the lower turret, around 15 metres below sea level.

The scope of supply for the subsea system includes high resolution, high sensitivity monochrome cameras, together with LED lights (for use during poor ambient conditions), which will be installed onto the I-tubes, located above the chain stoppers, allowing downward viewing of the installation operations.

For the topside system, the scope includes a video inspection and control system, for viewing and controlling the cameras and LED lights. Bowtech Products also supplied all the associated cables, connectors and brackets.

Mike Winstanley, Sales and Marketing Director said: “We are delighted to work again with both BP and SBM Offshore on this highly prestigious project. This new system is one of several visual asset inspection and monitoring solutions Bowtech Products can supply to the offshore oil and gas industry.”

Earlier in 2012, Bowtech Products successfully delivered a Riser Visual Monitoring System to Imes, which monitored the pull-in and hang-off of the flexible risers on BP Norge’s Skarv project.

For more information: please visit http://www.bowtech.co.uk.

Videos

Edit item Bowtech Products Ltd - Subsea Vision Specialists

Bowtech Products Ltd (Est. 1989) specialises in the design, manufacture and supply of subsea vision systems, which includes video inspection systems, cameras, lights, emergency relocation strobes, custom moulded cable assemblies, pan and tilts, electrical and fibre-optic connectors, fibre-optic multiplexers and slip rings for use in hazardous areas or subsea, to any ocean depth.

Bowtech Products' subsea vision systems are deployed in the most severe environments within the ROV AUV, oil and gas, defence, oceanographic, nuclear and leisure and marine science industries. Bowtech Products prides itself on listening to its customers to ascertain their requirements. Its fully trained team of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and Technicians provide technical support to the entire product range and innovative design solutions.

Source: YouTube - Bowtech Products

Edit item Anchor Retrieval Monitoring System

Anchor Retrieval Monitoring System for Rig Mooring Applications

Product Features

- Monitoring of Mooring Chains and Anchors
- Eliminates the Need to Off/On Load Material
- Saves 24hrs plus Operational Time Per Rig Move
- Remote Bridge or Winch House Controlled
- 36:1 Zoom for Close Up Underwater Inspection of An

The Anchor Retrieval Monitoring System (ARMS) is the latest major cost saving development in underwater camera technology.

Source: YouTube - Bowtech Products

Edit item Bowtech Products DIVECAM-550C

This is our DIVECAM-550C camera being used in our test tank. The tank is 1m wide by 3m in length.

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Edit item I Tube Visual Inspection System

Visual Inspection System for Production Platforms or FPSO Vessels
Product Features

- Video Inspection of I-tubes of any Type
- Inserted Through 4" Entry Hole
- 4 Sets of Cameras and Lights
- Inspect Vertical Length up to 30 Metres
- Explosion Proof Cameras and Lights
- Operates in Air and Water to 100 Metre Depth

This very versatile system permits the video inspection of I-tubes of any type and any size, for all production platforms or FPSO vessels...

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Case Studies

Interviews

Edit item Interview with Stephen R. Bowring Managing Director of Bowtech Products

Bowtech Products - www.yoursubseanews.com

Thursday, Feb 26, 2009

What was the vision behind the creation of Bowtech Products?

I arrived in Aberdeen in 1979 and helped set up Bennico, which was the first company to introduce truly reliable ROV systems into the market. That was my introduction to the subsea world. After 10 successful years I decided to move on and start something on my own. I registered Bowtech Products Limited in 1989.

Rather than providing the whole ROV system, I decided to concentrate more on the equipment which goes onto the ROV. Initially I started the company by representing various overseas manufacturers, importing their equipment. That was an easy way to start a business, since having third-party products avoided us having to assume the development costs. The initial goal was to sell peripherals for ROVs and underwater equipment, and then develop the company from there.

In the first 7 or 8 years, we had steady growth selling these third-party products, but in the back of my mind, there was always the desire to fully develop our own products. What I really wanted was to use my experience in the market to produce homegrown Scottish-based products.

Our first product was developed about 13 years ago. It was a small underwater relocation device, which allowed the location of an ROV, when it was lost and floated to the surface. It was an insurance requirement that every ROV had to carry one. I noticed that there was only one major player based in the US producing this, so I saw an opportunity for Bowtech to develop this niche product. We still sell it today, and are probably the market leader in Europe and one of the top suppliers worldwide.

What was the route that led Bowtech to develop its own cutting-edge cameras and to become a leading player that field?

For several years Bowtech kept selling the overseas manufacturer products while developing our own products alongside. One of the areas the company specialized in was underwater cameras and video systems. We were dealing with an American supplier at that time, which provided the big sophisticated cameras for ROVs. Eventually I noticed how ROVs were getting more and more specialized, carrying bigger tooling packages, so I saw a market potential for more sophisticated and elaborate equipment.

In particular, there was a greater need for smaller multiple cameras mounted on the tooling packages, rather than just the one piloting camera. These tooling cameras needed to be small, high quality and low price. I spoke about this to our American supplier, but they were not interested in developing these types of cameras themselves so Bowtech went ahead to make them. So we started developing our very first underwater tooling camera, which took several years. Our success grew as did Bowtech’s market share, and today we are leaders in the segment. There is not a major ROV company that does not use our tooling cameras, and Bowtech has become the preferred supplier by many of the world’s leading players.

This experience also became the basis for the further development of our camera technology. We realized that we could quite easily build larger and more sophisticated cameras, such as the main piloting and viewing cameras, which go on ROVs. By deciding to get into this market, Bowtech was going to tread directly on the toes of our American supplier, so about 4 years ago; we decided to relinquish our supplier and fully develop our own Aberdeen-built and designed high-end cameras.

Bowtech has since invested heavily in the in-house development of these products. We have been profitable over the years and are reinvesting in the company in order to grow and achieve further success in the future. It has been an extraordinary evolution, starting out as a company selling primarily American products in the UK to become a player capable of exporting its own technology to the world.

What has been the key to Bowtech’s recent commercial success, allowing it to compete with previous and well established suppliers?

Bowtech gained a lot of experience through the development of its tooling cameras over several years. We now provide a product, which is more user-friendly, smaller in size and at a lower cost than our competitors are. The use of more exotic materials in our cameras, such as titanium and sapphire glass, also set us apart. In addition, the company took quite a gamble by deciding to invest in large-scale production of the cameras in order to lower unitary costs, which eventually paid off.

Bowtech went on to apply the same philosophy for our high-end cameras. There was a very dominant market leader in this range, a Norwegian-owned company based in Aberdeen with manufacturing nearby in the Northeast of Scotland, which we saw as our benchmark. We set out to match or better them in terms of quality, cost and reliability. Bowtech has chosen only the best regarding technology and materials, producing cameras ready to operate at extreme depths of up to 6000 meters, which the industry is moving towards.

How does Bowtech develop its relationships with clients in Aberdeen and beyond?

Bowtech’s main clients are the big subsea service contractors like Subsea 7, Oceaneering, Acergy and Saipem, as well as major ROV operators and manufacturers, many of which are actually based in the UK. There is no doubt that Aberdeen is one of the top centers for subsea engineering in the world, so it is very practical to be based here. In fact, Bowtech ‘exports’ much of its production through the big contractors which place our equipment on ROVs destined for places such as West Africa, South America or China, though they are mobilized or controlled out of Aberdeen.

After being an agent for American companies in the UK, Bowtech is now taking on the US market with its own products. What makes you feel up to this challenge today?

Now that Bowtech has a complete range of underwater video products, from tooling to top end cameras, we are in a position to push into the USA, one of the biggest markets in the world. The company has dedicated several years to the development of these new products, which are literally right off the press. We are now ready to deliver Bowtech’s in-house cutting-edge underwater video products to the global market.

We recently ‘showed our hand’ at an exhibition in New Orleans in early 2008, which took the market by surprise. Now Bowtech is making its big push internationally but of course also at home in Aberdeen, where the market continues to develop well. We have a key advantage vis-à-vis the competition, which is our ability to react very quickly. ROV operators use cameras in many different ways and you have to be able to customize them, often to fit specific requirements. In addition, this is of course on top of our ability to offer products of equal or superior quality and reliability, at a lower cost.

The boom of the global subsea market has meant growing business for specialized firms in Aberdeen. How is Bowtech performing and capitalizing on this momentum?

In the last few years, Bowtech’s profile has risen enormously as we have brought these products into the market. Rather than having to wait for the cameras to arrive from the USA, clients in Aberdeen now know that we are here for them. So, indeed, our level of business in the underwater vision market has increased enormously. In the last 12 months alone, our turnover in camera products has doubled. I envision that our turnover in this market area will increase by three or four-fold in the next couple of years quite easily.

I want Bowtech to become the supplier, which is first in the customers’ mind for underwater cameras. In the past, they would only think about one player, our main competitor. Now they have a choice, allowing them to see which one can provide the best product and service. Our goal is for Bowtech to be on the tip of people’s tongues. We have already achieved this with our small tooling cameras, so the next step is to do the same for our bigger cameras. I am confident that by continuing to work as we are doing, Bowtech has the tools to take the market with these products, and our turnover should see a big leap.

Bowtech offers its range of products to several industries. How did this diversification come about and what place does the oil and gas market have within this?

The subsea oil and gas market represents about 60% of Bowtech’s turnover. It is our main business line, however very early on we realized that it was a good idea to avoid relying on only one market, particularly oil and gas that can have very marked cycles. In consequence, we looked for opportunities to diversify our client base. In this context, Bowtech supplies two other key sectors: nuclear power generation (remote intervention in underwater fuel tanks) and the military industry (primarily submarine imaging video and lighting systems). These markets have given our business model greater stability through the oil and gas industry’s vicissitudes, and provide a steady flow of income.

At a time of critical skill shortages affecting the entire industry, how successful is Bowtech in retaining and attracting the necessary talent?

Bowtech would not be where it is today if it were not for the fantastic staff that we have. Our team is made up of 20 people, half of whom have spent roughly 10 years with the company, and several of them have been around since day one. We have low employee turnover, and our key experienced people are very much here for the long-term. This factor has been fundamental to the development of our equipment and success in the market.

As the founder of Bowtech and having led its development during the last two decades, what is the most exciting thing about the period the company is currently going through?

Looking at Bowtech’s evolution, my main satisfaction is to see where it is today compared to its beginnings. We have gone from importing and selling third-party products to developing our own equipment and taking it to the market, in Aberdeen and abroad. Rather than just remaining as an agency company, Bowtech is now a manufacturer of high-tech equipment locally produced in Aberdeen.

What is your vision for Bowtech in 5 years time?

My vision is for Bowtech to be the leading company in providing underwater vision systems in Aberdeen, and one of the major players worldwide. Things are already moving quickly in this direction, even faster than anticipated.

What is your final message to your readers?

At Bowtech, we learn and listen from our clients’ requirements, and strive to provide them a product, which will match or exceed their wishes. Our goal is to produce the very best underwater vision products at a competitive price. Thanks to our efforts in product development and the initial market reaction we have received, Bowtech is on target to becoming a major supplier of underwater vision systems in the UK and internationally.

Events

Edit item Rio Oil & Gas Expo 2014

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15-18 September 2014

Pavilion 4
Riocentro Convention Center
Rio de Janeiro
BRAZIL

Stand: Z35/Z37

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