Cable Drum Engines (CDE's)


Having produced the first “LCE” in 1969, Parkburn has been at the forefront of subsea telecom market technology, continually developing cable laying and retrieval technologies for today’s state of the art AC electric, digitally controlled systems. The development of the Cable Drum Engine (CDE) has evolved from hydraulic, through DC and now to AC VSD systems. and has earned its quality reputation through technical excellence, performance and the reliability of the equipment produced, for the world’s leading subsea cable installers.

Utilising proven mechanical design philosophies in conjunction with state-of-the-art electronic drives and controls, Parkburn supplies heavy duty equipment for fast mobilisation and safe & simple operation, either as an individual stand-alone piece of equipment, or as part of a fully synchronised and automated turnkey back deck handling system.

Parkburn Cable Drum Engine Features & Benefits

  • Full AC vector-controlled motor synchronisation and load share
  • Top or bottom cable entry options
  • Cable safe, smooth & accurate digital speed and tension control
  • Freely rotating fleeting ring options
  • Auto lay capability
  • Integral support hydraulics and load cell dynamometry
  • Bio-degradable hydraulic oil option
  • Local, remote and/or radio control options
  • Remote diagnostics
  • Power regeneration capability
  • Self-contained plug and play systems
  • Standard ISO container footprint options
  • Static / Dynamic FAT options prior to delivery
  • Fast and efficient installation and commissioning

In support of its Cable Drum Engine range Parkburn also supplies;

  • Draw off/hold back (DOHB) linear cable engines
  • Cable diverters
  • Deck / CCR / bridge display units
  • Portable speed & distance units
  • Local and remote controls packages
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