About the company
MAATS Tech is a marine engineering company that was established in 1989, originally with a focus on specialist subsea vessel design and shipyard supervision. Over the subsequent 25 years, the group has developed into a major player in the offshore engineering industry. The company specialises in turnkey, ship-based carousel systems and acts as main contractor for the design, build and installation of both on-deck and under-deck carousels, as well as any associated loading and unloading equipment.
- Disc-Lock™ Safety Wheel Nut – M20 x 1.5
- Disc-Lock™ Safety Wheel Nut – M20 x 2.5
Where the products are used
MAATS Tech specialises in the provision of bespoke carousel systems, which handle flexible pipe, umbilicals, power cables and even chain. The Disc-Lock Safety Wheel Nut is used on the Tensioners that are used for loading out the product stored in the carousels, either from the manufacturing facility or the on-shore store. They are also utilised for laying products in shallow water. The Tensioners can handle a huge selection of pipes and cables with a wide range of different diameters and sizes.
Why they use are products
MAATS Tech have specified Disc-Lock Safety Wheel Nuts for their Tensioners as a secure and safe locking system that enables the equipment to run without any issues of loose nuts, which would cause the equipment to fail, leading to downtime and repairs.
The Tensioners are in operation in extreme conditions in the world’s oceans and are subjected to salt spray conditions that previously resulted in the Geomet coating corroding at an accelerated level. This led to the Safety Wheel Nuts having to be replaced at regular intervals, which is both time consuming and costly.
The DLE solution
As a solution to the corrosion issue, Disc-Lock coated the Safety Wheel Nut with a new coating called Greenkote. This is an advanced thermal diffusion coating that is environmentally-friendly and delivers exceptional protection against corrosion as well as enhanced durability and other performance advantages. This means that the Disc-Lock Safety Wheel Nut is able to withstand the extreme conditions for a longer period and provide great resistance against the salt spray.
MAATS Tech have supplied several vessels with Tensioners that have been fitted with Disc-Lock Safety Wheel Nuts. Future projects will involve replacing the original Geomet Safety Wheel Nuts with the new Greenkote-coated Safety Wheel Nuts. This will be carried out over a period of time, when the vessels are in for maintenance.