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Webtool HCV220 Heavy-Duty Cable Cutter focus - interlock

Posted on 10 March 2022

With growing demand for increased efficiency in cable cutting during cable lay, Allspeeds has boosted production of the Webtool™ HCV220 cable cutter. Now available from stock for immediate delivery, the cutter features an interlock to protect the blade during cutting, enhancing its suitability as a production tool during cable lay.

Deploying subsea cable for offshore wind projects needs to be as efficient as possible.

A key feature of the HCV 220 is an integrated interlock, an added safety guard, which ensures that the blade cannot activate until the anvil is fully deployed, making it safer in low visibility environments. For example if the cutter is being guided via ROV to cut an umbilical on the seabed. In these conditions it may not always be possible to get a clear image to the operator.

Once the cable or umbilical is positioned in the jaw and the anvil closed, the guillotine blade is activated. Unlike other cutting methods where there is a risk of the item flexing during cutting and either trapping or snapping the blade, closing the guillotine’s anvil locks the cable in position ensuring the cut is completed successfully, typically within a couple of minutes.

The cutter can also be utalised onboard a vessel for planned cutting during cable laying operations. Here the interlock proves a useful safety feature again, should the vessel and/or cable be rocked by waves the interlock will hold it safely in place while the cut is taking place.

“The interlock function is a key aspect of this cutter” says Keith Elliot, managing director Allspeeds Ltd. “It increases reliability and safety when working subsea by ensuring the umbilical/cable does not flex or snap away”.

Webtool HCV220 cutter is part of the Webtool range of high-performance hydraulic cutters and systems, designed and manufactured exclusively by Allspeeds Ltd in the UK.

For more information on the Webtool HCV220 hydraulic cutter call +44 (0)1254 615100, email: info@allspeeds.co.uk, or visit www.allspeeds.co.uk.