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Oceanographic Cables

The processes used to manufacture electromechanical cables is different from those used for general industrial cables in that much greater care in quality control is necessary. Solutions designed for oceanographic working environments need to withstand factors such as cold temperatures, flexing, bend cycling, tension cycling, corrosion, fish bite, marine abrasion and compression. Unlike other fabricators that build and stock standard off-the-shelf components, Cortland designs and manufactures custom electromechanical cables for the specific requirements of each project.To discuss a specific project, email or call +1 (607) 753-8276.

Research Cables

Cortland manufactures fiber-optic research cables that supply power to instruments at the bottom of the sea, allowing researchers to study-in real time-what is going on at the bottom of the ocean from the comfort of their offices.  They allow live images to be brought to the researcher’s PC. We offer a full range of plastic material options for our small diameter research cables.

Sampling Cables

Cortland manufactures synthetic fiber rope sampling cables to aid in obtaining water samples for a wide range of clients. Our small diameter, lightweight sampling cables are used to lower a sample collecting system into the water and retrieve it. These applications are non-metallic, which increases the accuracy of the sample.  Cortland also offers a full range of plastic material options for this fatigue-resistant application. Cortland sampling cables are preferred because of our variety of braiding and extrusion processes. 

Benefits / Features
  • Non metallic
  • Small diameter
  • Fatigue resistant
  • Lightweight
  • High strength efficiency
  • Both braiding and extrusion processes offered
Magnetometer Cables

Cortland manufactures magnetometer cables for oceanographic mapping surveys for a wide range of clients. Our cables are preferred for their wide operating temperature range and ability to be used in shallow or deep water. Whatever your specific requirements, we can design and develop lightweight, small diameter, high-strength cables which offer lower elongation at varying depths. 

Benefits / Features
  • Lightweight
  • Small diameter
  • High strength
  • Lower elongation
  • Wide operating temperature
  • Marine geophysics
  • Treasure hunting
  • Research
Electro-mechanical Mooring Systems

Cortland designs, manufactures and supplies compounded synthetic mooring lines, including electrical and optical components, using the latest high modulus synthetic fibers.

Proven for tsunami warning applications, we have the capacity to provide cables with varied buoyancy, to reduce fatigue or extend life; integrate compliant sections, with varied stretch properties; and also incorporate sections with low elongation and high strength.  All with no diameter change, offering cables that are consistent and easy to handle. 

Whether it’s adding separators for fish-bite protection or extruded profile jackets to reduce strumming, all of Cortland’s electro-mechanical cables can be custom-designed and built to suit the needs of your particular project. 

Benefits / Features
  • Compounded constructions
  • Varied properties, yet consistent diameters
  • Marine geologists
  • Oceanographers
  • Meteorology
Inline attachment or lifting points

Synthetic cable grips are used to grip many types of cables and ropes with multiple surface materials, from large hydraulic umbilicals and synthetic ropes to small fiber optic cables. Synthetic cable grips are designed to minimize any external damage with non-metallic content. They can be used as a “quick fit” temporary attachment, or as a permanent attachment, and can be retrofitted without the need to gain access to the end of the cable. This allows for inspections and maintenance on equipment or cables and ropes while deployed. In addition to standard cable grips, custom designed spliced hold back points can also be utilized on our braided synthetic ropes.