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Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 09:50
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Seattle, WA  – Rugged Controls, LLC proudly announces implementation and certification of our ISO 9001:2015 quality system by UL-DQS. Previously operating under the brand of Measurement Technology Northwest (MTNW) and now under Rugged Controls, the company has produced robust and accurate rugged programable controllers, smart deck machinery, and OEM control solutions suitable for aggressive marine and hostile applications. This most recent certification stands in support of their commitment to providing the... + continue reading
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 14:00
For the past 20 years, MTNW Line Control Instruments (LCI) has been the trusted source for line control, tension monitoring, and winch monitoring equipment.  So, why did we decide to rebrand to "Rugged Controls". Watch our new corporate video to find out, or read about it below.     Why did we decide to rebrand? Since the early days of our company, our flagship displays have been used in extreme, aggressive, marine & outdoor environments where rugged, high visibility electronics are required for operation.... + continue reading
Monday, November 14, 2016 - 11:35
RL-30s used in giant turbine deployment to harness powerful Fundy tides. Encoders were Lloyds Register certified and provide payout accuracy of +/-0.03" A giant tidal turbine has been lowered into position on the Bay of Fundy seabed near Parrsboro, N.S., a "huge milestone" for a test project aiming to demonstrate the industry's potential. A spokesman for Cape Sharp Tidal says the 1,000-tonne turbine was put into place on Monday morning during an ebb tide that lasted about four hours. "I believe it's a huge milestone in the tidal industry... + continue reading
Friday, November 11, 2016 - 16:19
The LCI-90i is Industry's most versatile winch display. In addition to our standard single winch format, we offer many unique user interfaces, which add value and increase features available to your customers and equipment. SINGLE WINCH Our standard interface displays tension, speed, payout and a bar graph.   Learn more about the Single Winch version DUAL WINCH Displays tension, speed, payout and bar graphs for two winches. Secondary measurements... + continue reading
Friday, November 11, 2016 - 10:42
Rugged Controls provides instrumented sheave and LCI-90i display to King County research vessel. The Soundguardian, a new 48 foot twin-hulled aluminum boat built in Seattle by Kvichak Marine Industries at a cost of almost 2 million dollars, was commissioned to replace the 40-year-old research vessel Liberty. The Ballard News-Tribune reports, “This vessel is equipped with new technology that scientist will use to take better readings of water quality by gathering sediment, biological and water samples.” Rugged Controls TAPS sheave was... + continue reading
Monday, January 25, 2016 - 15:18
New Innovative Oil Tools LCI-90i Electronic Weight Indicator will replace dated dial indicator technology with a rugged, high visibility, digital rig instrumentation platform. Rugged Controls and Howard Supply Company announce they have reached an exclusive distribution agreement for the North American Well Servicing market for a new version of the LCI-90i. In conjunction with this agreement, HSC and Rugged Controls jointly announce the Innovative Oil Tools LCI-90i Electronic Weight Indicator for well servicing, rig instrumentation and... + continue reading
Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 14:36
We have recently released an addition to our Variable Wire Diameter (VWD) line of Running Line Tensiometers, the RL-30-VWD.  Our VWD models provide a versatile solution for customers looking to monitor line tension, speed, and payout on multiple wire rope sizes without purchasing multiple tensiometers or sheave assemblies.  The VWD is easily swapped from one wire rope to the next by a single operator by utilizing our Removable Center Sheave feature and Jacking Screws. The RL30 VWD is suitable for wire rope 1½” to 3" in... + continue reading
Monday, November 9, 2015 - 14:08
November 9, 2015. Seattle, WA. MTNW has released a new option for our running line tensiometer product group: the Encoder Option. The Encoder Option will be available on the RL-10 through RL-40 line riders and dictated via a -E model number (RL-30-E). Recently a client requested increased payout resolution to monitor position and speed for a tidal energy project. Winches handling the seabed mounted turbines operate at very low speeds depending on sea state. Using our RLT Encoder Option allowed the winch control systems to calculate line... + continue reading
Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 14:59
Measurement Technology NW was awarded Trader of the Year 2015 by the World Trade Club in October.  The World Trade Club award honors Washington State businesses that increase international sales and have a positive, measurable impact on growing Washington’s economy.  Awardees have demonstrated innovation, industry leadership, and contributions to the community. MTNW was nominated for this award due in part to the company’s ascent as a world leader in the design and manufacture of precision measurement instruments -... + continue reading
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 - 08:13
MTNW provides tension monitoring equipment and support for Sea Anchor field trials Developed by Glosten and Coppins Para Sea Anchors, an Emergency Ship Arrest Sea Anchor is a response tool that can stabilize and reduce the drift of disabled vessels operating in remote areas of Alaska. MTNW provided on site support, our rental 150T Tension Link, LCI-90i and WinchDAC data acquisition software. MTNW partnered with Glosten to monitor tension and support the Sea Anchor pull test during phase one field testing in Seattle, WA... + continue reading

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Rugged Controls is an ISO 9001 certified manufacturer of rugged programmable controllers, sensors, instrumentation, controls and automation equipment used in industries ranging from oil & gas, industrial, oceanographic to mining to construction. Our brand of multivariable controllers is continually selected in mission-critical applications where rugged durability, viewability, accuracy and data acquisition is required.

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