30 years ago, in 1985, Tecnadyne delivered its first thrusters, six Model 1020’s that were installed on the original RTV-500 built by Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (MES) of Tokyo. Since that time, we have manufactured and delivered over 6,000 thrusters, including more than 600 of the Model 1020. And even though the Model 1020 that we build today incorporates over 32 design revisions to improve reliability, efficiency and maintainability – that thruster is still 100% compatible with the Model 1020 that was installed on that first RTV-500 system some 30 years ago. This means that, after 30 years, MES (or any of our customers) can still purchase or repair a Model 1020 thruster to keep its fleet of ROV’s working. And in those 30 years, the Model 1020 thruster has powered vehicles to the Titanic, that discovered JFK’s PT-109 in the Pacific, that participated in record depth wellhead completions off the coast of West Africa, that discovered lost cities in the Black Sea, that have scoured the world’s oceans for mines, and that have successfully completed thousands of routine subsea missions. And the Model 1020 thruster is still being installed on new ROV and AUV systems worldwide.
Tecnadyne's primary business focus is remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) research and development which has led to our emergence as a worldwide leader in underwater propulsion, motion control and related technologies. In this capacity, Tecnadyne has served the worldwide robotics community since being founded over 20 years ago.
A large portion of Tecnadyne's manufacturing activity involves the design, fabrication, assembly and development of customized subsea systems to satisfy the unique requirements of our customers. Often these custom designs are special variations of our standard products - a thruster with titanium housings, custom CNC'd propellers and a special subsea connector, for example.