Nuytco rely on SubConn for mission critical subsea connectivity

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Operating out of Vancouver (Canada), Nuytco Research is a world leader in the development and operation of undersea technology. The company designs, builds, and operates a range of atmospheric diving suits, submersibles, remotely operated vehicles, lights, thrusters and other specialty equipment for underwater applications. Nuytco and its sister company, Can-Dive Construction, hold more than forty years of experience working around the world.

Pioneering benthic exploration technology 

Nuytco is best known for the ‘DeepWorker’ series of 2000 feet (600 metre) depth-rated microsubmersibles. One and two-person DeepWorker submersibles have been used all over the world for scientific, survey, construction, oilfield, tourism, film and photography work. Recent additions to the series include 3000 feet (950 metre) depth rated models.

The latest development introduced by Nuytco is the ‘Exosuit’ atmospheric diving system (ADS). Based on the technology behind the path-breaking ‘ADS Newtsuit’ developed and pioneered by Nuytco founder and President, Phil Nuytten, the Exosuit is a light-weight, one atmosphere, hard metal suit that allows divers to operate safely down to a depth of 1000 feet (300 metres) and yet still offer exceptional dexterity and flexibility to perform delicate work. The Exosuit is able to maintain the cabin pressure of the surface and still allows the suit limbs to bend due to a unique rotary joint system.


The Nuytco Exosuit


Connecting man and machine to the bottom of the sea
Efficient and reliable connectivity solutions comprise a mission critical constituent of high-tech underwater systems. For this reason, SubConn bulkhead connectors and cable assemblies, in a variety of designs and body materials, are used extensively on both the Nuytco manned submersibles and on the Exosuit. On the latter, SubConn 13 pin Power and Ethernet and 8 pin Ethernet cable assemblies allow for the transmission of high definition video imagery from the suit back to vessel or shore based operators.

A matter of high pressure subsea performance, reliability, availability and global support
According to Nuytco Lead Engineering Technologist, Mike Reay, “the last eighteen months for the company have been all about the production of manned submersibles and Exosuits. So on-time and reliable delivery of mission critical system components is crucial in order for Nuytco to meet its customer imposed deadlines”. Mike has been particularly impressed with just how well SubConn products perform in high pressure subsea environments and applications. “Coupled with timely local and global MacArtney availability and customer support, the excellent performance and reliability of SubConn connectors make them an integral part of Nuytco’s manned submersible product line” Mike Reay concludes. 


Left: DeepWorker Microsubmersible, Centre: SubConn Power and Ethernet Connector, Right: Exosuit in operation with WHOI