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ESS Buoyancy Hydroid Remus Series

Engineered Syntactic Systems Helps Hydroid Uncover Secrets of the Deep Sea

Attleboro, Ma. – December 9th, 2014 – Engineered Syntactic Systems (ESS), a global supplier of syntactic solutions, through its relationship with Hydroid Inc., a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime, and industry leader in global marine robotics, has been involved in some of the most exciting oceanographic exploration projects in the last decade. As a valued syntactic supplier, ESS has provided buoyancy for Hydroid’s range of AUVs, including the Remus 6000 used to locate missing Air France flight 447, search for Amelia Earhart’s plane and create comprehensive maps of the Titanic wreck.

During critical underwater missions, Hydroid’s Remus 600 and 6000 series AUVs carry specialized equipment and explore large areas of unpredictable terrain. Successful operation is dependent upon finding the right buoyancy (uplift) solution. ESS works closely with Hydroid to provide syntactic materials that support deeper depths and larger payloads without impacting power consumption.

“It’s been a genuine pleasure working with ESS because of their professionalism, responsiveness and cooperation – they stand behind their products” says Don Karl, Senior Engineer at Hydroid, Inc. “They work with customers on special applications and deliver products that meet design and schedule requirements.”

The unique capabilities of ESS’ high-performance syntactics provide the highest possible buoyancy, withstand varying levels of hydrostatic pressure and resist water absorption. These properties are critical for increasing mission duration, vehicle endurance and operational longevity.

“Not only do we manufacture foam with the lowest density available today, our expertise in composite processing ensures that the unique characteristics of our materials are maintained throughout production – resulting in a finished geometry that provides long-term performance and reliability” says Thomas Murray managing partner at Engineered Syntactic Systems.

For more information about ESS contact tech@esyntactic.com or visit: http://www.esyntactic.com

About Engineered Syntactic Systems
Engineered Syntactic Systems is a global leader of high-performance syntactic solutions for subsea and oceanographic environments. Years of experience in the engineering, design and manufacturing of flotation technologies, enable ESS to provide customers with the optimal solution for their application. Products are available in standard shapes and sizes, as well as custom-formed geometries and are engineered to withstand depths ranging from several hundred meters to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. ESS also fabricates syntactic and composite/syntactic structures and assemblies for complete turnkey solutions.

About Hydroid, Inc.
Located in the U.S. and a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime, Hydroid is the world’s most trusted manufacturer of autonomous underwater vehicles. Its flagship line of REMUS AUVs, together with Kongsberg Maritime’s HUGIN, MUNIN and Seaglider underwater vehicles, provide marine professionals worldwide with intelligent marine robots they can rely on. These innovative full-picture AUV systems are utilized internationally in marine research, defense, hydrography and energy exploration. This family of AUVs represents the most advanced, diversified and field-proven line of AUVs and support systems in the world.

For more information on Hydroid and Kongsberg marine robotics technology, please visit www.km.kongsberg.com or www.hydroid.com.

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ESS Critical Buoyancy for Bluefin

Engineered Syntactic Systems Designs Mission Critical Buoyancy Solutions for Bluefin Robotics

Attleboro, Ma. – November 5th, 2014 – Engineered Syntactic Systems (ESS), a global supplier of syntactic solutions, is trusted to equip Bluefin Robotics’ state-of-the-art subsea vehicles. ESS provides Bluefin Robotics, a world leader in Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) with syntactic buoyancy systems for their family of AUVs, including the 4 500 meter Atremis 21 used in the ongoing search for missing Malaysian Airline’s Flight 370.

The Bluefin 21 was designed for extended remote operations in the hostile conditions of the deep sea. At just 21 inches in diameter, space for uplift (buoyancy) is limited, but critical. ESS worked closely with Bluefin to engineer a buoyancy solution that would meet their design specifications, providing a syntactic material with the lowest density available for that depth, thereby the most lift.

“The folks at Bluefin came to us looking for a buoyancy package that could go to 4 500 meters and still fulfill their stringent density requirements. We worked closely with them to develop a product that would meet their needs” says Thomas Murray, managing partner at Engineered Syntactic Systems.

The unique capabilities of ESS’ high-performance syntactics allow manned and unmanned vehicles like the Bluefin 21 AUV to operate for long periods of time at the deepest ocean depths. ESS syntactic materials deliver high hydrostatic strength and the best buoyancy-to-depth ratio available today.

“ESS has extensive knowledge in the area of syntactic materials” said Harry Stants, Director of Manufacturing and Supply Chain at Bluefin Robotics. “We trusted them to develop a buoyancy system that would keep the overall vehicle weight low – but was durable enough to take the pressure of the operational depth.”

With the world watching, it was in-part the confidence in ESS’ buoyancy system that helped Bluefin and the vehicle operations team assess the overall operational risks and successfully take the AUV deeper than its design depth during the search.

For more information about ESS contact tech@esyntactic.com or visit: http://www.esyntactic.com

About Engineered Syntactic Systems
Engineered Syntactic Systems is a global leader of high-performance syntactic solutions for subsea and oceanographic environments. Years of experience in the engineering, design and manufacturing of flotation technologies, enable ESS to provide customers with the optimal solution for their application. Products are available in standard shapes and sizes, as well as custom-formed geometries and are engineered to withstand depths ranging from several hundred meters to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. ESS also fabricates syntactic and composite/syntactic structures and assemblies for complete turnkey solutions.

About Bluefin Robotics
Bluefin Robotics, a Battelle company, designs, manufactures and operates Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) systems and related technology including battery power systems. Founded in 1997, the company has grown to become a world leader in AUV products designed for defense, commercial and scientific applications. Bluefin Robotics is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Battelle. For more information, please submit an inquiry here or visit www.bluefinrobotics.com.

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ESS Buoy and Float Syntactic

Engineered Syntactic Systems Expands High-Performance Buoyancy Offering to Include Oceanographic Buoys and Floats

Attleboro, Ma. – January 14, 2014 – Engineered Syntactic Systems (ESS), a global supplier of foam buoyancy solutions, today announced plans to extend its line of high performance syntactic products to support more traditional oceanographic implementations. The addition of modular product options enables ESS to supply more customers with great performance in a wider range of densities.

The experienced team at ESS has been serving the oceanographic industry for over 30 years. As a leading supplier of flotation technologies for advanced customer applications, ESS combines engineering, design and manufacturing know-how to deliver the best depth performance in the business – from the surface to depths of 11,000 meters. ESS syntactics are lightweight, engineered foams designed to withstand significant hydrostatic pressure while delivering optimum performance.

“We are expanding our product offering to provide customers with a one-stop-shop for best-in-class buoyancy products” says Thomas Murray, managing partner at Engineered Syntactic Systems. “We recently discovered that there is a need for readily available, off-the-shelf products such as cable floats and Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) buoys. We are nimble enough to respond quickly and work closely with customers to provide cost-effective solutions that will address these needs.”

As a trusted partner of naval and oceanographic organizations, ESS has supplied products for some of the most exciting under-sea exploration projects in the last decade. Designed to meet the rigorous demands of undersea environments, ESS syntactics are a critical component for manned and unmanned exploration vehicles; AUVs, ROVs & HOVs, plus a wide array of flotation and buoyancy applications.

Recently ESS was chosen by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI), to supply new syntactic foam for their HOV “Alvin” Sub upgrade program. Alvin is a 3-person research submarine that, since its launch in 1964, has allowed more than 2,500 explorers to visit the sea floor. With safety, reliability and depth performance being critical considerations, ESS’ quality and reputation set them apart from the competition.

In addition to its custom and off-the-shelf syntactic foams, ESS offers specially formulated void filler “kits”, which have been used in applications such as submarines, by naval shipyards across the US. Specialty core materials, diving bell foams, thermal insulation and acoustic isolators complete the product offering. On-site design and engineering services allow ESS to assist customers with even the most challenging projects.

For more information about ESS contact tech@esyntactic.com or visit: http://www.esyntactic.com

About Engineered Syntactic Systems
Engineered Syntactic Systems is a global leader of high-performance syntactic solutions for subsea and oceanographic environments. Years of experience in the engineering, design and manufacturing of flotation technologies, enable ESS to provide customers with the optimal solution for their application. Products are available in standard shapes and sizes, as well as custom-formed geometries and are engineered to withstand depths ranging from several hundred meters to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. ESS also fabricates syntactic and composite/syntactic structures and assemblies for complete turnkey solutions.

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ESS High Strength MacroCore

Engineered Syntactic Systems’ MacroCore Used in Deck Housing of DDG-1000 Destroyer

Attleboro, Ma. – December 10, 2010 – Engineered Syntactic Systems, LLC (ESS), has supplied over 7500 cubic feet of newly developed core material to Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding for the critical joints of the Composite Deck House of the new DDG-1000 Destroyer. 3M glass bubbles are a key component of the of the syntactic core material.

Beginning in 2007, ESS worked closely with Northrop and the Navy design team to develop a core material which met the rigorous shear, shock and temperature requirements for the joints of this large composite structure. The carbon composite sandwich panels utilized balsa as the core for a majority of the configuration, but required a higher performance core in the highly stressed joint areas. MacroCore provided an isotropic, high strength solution.

Available in two foot by five foot sheets, MacroCore was provided in thicknesses starting at 2 inches up through 8 inches at half inch increments. Easily cut to size and infusion ready, the core does not outgas or soak up resin during processing. The material has been praised in providing excellent adhesion and shear properties with the vinyl ester infused carbon fiber skins. The key to the material is the open sphere faces which provide high mechanical locking to the skins, as well as a transitional layer for the stress at low densities.

For more information about ESS contact tech@esyntactic.com or visit: http://www.esyntactic.com

About Engineered Syntactic Systems
Engineered Syntactic Systems is a global leader of high-performance syntactic solutions for subsea and oceanographic environments. Years of experience in the engineering, design and manufacturing of flotation technologies, enable ESS to provide customers with the optimal solution for their application. Products are available in standard shapes and sizes, as well as custom-formed geometries and are engineered to withstand depths ranging from several hundred meters to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. ESS also fabricates syntactic and composite/syntactic structures and assemblies for complete turnkey solutions.

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ESS Whale Tag Retrieval

Engineered Syntactic Systems Helps WHOI Monitor Sea Mammals Behavior

Attleboro, Ma. – June 2009 – Engineered Syntactic Systems today announced that its syntactic foam, containing 3MTM Glass Bubbles provides buoyancy for oceanographic applications enabling the retrieval of electronic monitoring devices. Definitive studies on the response of marine mammals to anthropogenic sound are hampered by the short surface time and deep-diving lifestyle of many species. A novel archival tag, called the Digital Acoustic Recording Tag, (DTAG), has been developed to monitor the behavior of marine mammals, and their response to sound, continuously throughout the dive cycle.

whoi tagThe tag contains a large array of solid-state memory and records continuously from a built-in hydrophone and suite of sensors. The sensors sample the orientation of the animal in three dimensions with sufficient speed and resolution to capture individual fluke strokes. Audio and sensor recording is synchronous so the relative timing of sounds and motion can be determined precisely.

whoi tagThe DTAG is noninvasive and is attached to the whale with 4 silicone suction cups using a 12 m cantilevered carbon fiber pole or a handheld carbon fiber pole. With the use of the poles, the tag is delivered without encroaching over the flukes of the animal. The tags are programmed to release from the animal by venting the suction cups at the end of the recording time if they are still attached. A VHF beacon in the tag aids in tracking and recovering the device. Once recovered, the tag data is off-loaded to a computer, checked for errors and archived.

For more information about ESS contact tech@esyntactic.com or visit: http://www.esyntactic.com

About Engineered Syntactic Systems
Engineered Syntactic Systems is a global leader of high-performance syntactic solutions for subsea and oceanographic environments. Years of experience in the engineering, design and manufacturing of flotation technologies, enable ESS to provide customers with the optimal solution for their application. Products are available in standard shapes and sizes, as well as custom-formed geometries and are engineered to withstand depths ranging from several hundred meters to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. ESS also fabricates syntactic and composite/syntactic structures and assemblies for complete turnkey solutions.