The LBV300-5 with crawler skid represents the ultimate in versatility with the ability to conduct traditional ROV inspections as well as crawler inspections. In following SeaBotix standards the LBV300-5 with crawler skid is intuitive to operate in all modes.
When in ROV mode (default) the LBC operates much the same as the traditional LBV. The intuitive hand controller provides all controls in one simple to use, ergonomically designed controller. Operators are able to conduct diverse types of free swimming ROV inspections such as harbors, wharfs, ship hull components, etc. Utilizing the core components from the LBV provide added features such as powerful thrusters, auto functions, 270º field of view, information overlay and more greatly easing inspection tasks.
When inspections warrant the attachment to a hard surface the LBC easily transitions to facilitate attachment to the surface (such as a ship hull). To attach to a hard surface the operator pilots the LBC close to the ship hull positioning either the port or starboard wheel set close to the hull. Using the lateral function on the joystick the operator initiates the LBC into a roll. Once the angle of the LBC matches the angle of the ship hull the operator turns on the attractor which in turn sucks the LBC to the ship hull. Once attached the operator can release controls with the LBC staying firmly in position.
With the LBC attached to the ship hull or other hard surface it can be driven rather than flown. The operator simply switches controls from ROV mode to Crawler mode which disables the horizontal thrusters and enables the powerful drive mechanism. With four wheel drive and lots of torque the LBC can tackle various obstacles and has a maximum speed of 30 m/min (100 ft/min).
The Vortex VRAM makes the LBC possible. With the patented design the VRAM produces a vortex effect creating a strong 23 kg f (50.7 pd f) of attraction. The incredibly small form factor has many benefits over larger less efficient ducted props and especially magnetic attractors. Magnetic attractors suffer from requiring the surface to be ferrous metal and relatively smooth due to the close proximity of the magnetic attractor. The VRAM can be spaced away from the surface allowing greater ground clearance while still maintaining a solid attachment