Orcaflex for Cable Spooling

Optimisation of cable lay equipment design using Orcaflex.


The MAATS team were tasked to design and analyse a novel carousel spooling system. Space above the carousel was constrained by the deck above, which required a digression from conventional spooling systems.

As a leading supplier to the Cable and Pipe Lay industries, MAATS offer a unique service drawing on our analysis, engineering, manufacturing and operational experience.


Orcaflex was used to identify, assess and demonstrate the most efficient and cost effective solution.

The simulation allowed MAATS engineers to predict the bending radius of the product and the interface loads with the deck equipment. The loads were then used to design the spooling arm, deck rollers and loading tensioner. The simulation also identified the optimum feed in and carousel speeds, raising efficiency and ease of use for the operator.