The PVL–Titanic: If PVL branched out into Hollywood

" The PVL-Titanic: The ship that didn’t sink". If only the raft had a TD1000 digital purpose pressure transducer installed!

April 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. The intriguing tale of this infamous and ill-fated ship has received much attention over the years, including James Cameron’s 1997 epic film. Now, while we do acknowledge the tragedy of the real life event, here at PVL we’ve had an idea that might just re-write Hollywood history.

... (Drum roll please) Introducing the re-make, “The PVL-Titanic: The ship that didn’t sink”. A box office hit wouldn’t you agree?

At PVL we supply a range of products specifically designed for marine, waste water and water applications. Our new version of the film would explore the difference better technology could have made for Cameron’s star crossed lovers, Kate and Leo.

So, welcome to the new and improved plot, “The world’s smallest valve meets the world’s biggest ship... and the world’s largest iceberg”.
How the PVL team formulated the idea

There was a huge buzz around the Titanic even before it set off on its maiden voyage. Measuring 882 feet and nine inches long with a 92 foot beam, it was the largest luxury vessel of its time.

“It would be great to contrast the colossal scale of the Titanic with Aquatech’s AQT- Mini fully plastic float valve to set the scene for our audience,” suggests David Almond, PVL’s head of sales and marketing and a keen cinema go-er. “The AQT-Mini is the world’s smallest float valve!”

"The AQT-Mini is the world’s smallest float valve"

“It’s operates as a normal valve despite its size, so it’s perfect for process, general industrial, plumbing and other applications,” he continued.“When the Titanic hits the mammoth iceberg, the tiny size of the pump valve will be further put into perspective.”

“I like it!” chimes fellow wanna-be film director (and Product Manager), Jamie Clowes. “When the collision with the iceberg occurs, what better way to alert the captain to trouble in the lower compartments of the ship than using an early warning system based on level detection?” he enthusiastically concurred.

“The Kelco D30 two position top entry level switch operates on the principle of displacement and would make a perfect feature for our film. The switch is acid, chemical and, most importantly, sea water resistant,” Clowes pitched.

Gone would be the naive belief of the Titanic being an unsinkable ship! In its place hard evidence that water is flooding in - load the lifeboats man!“

Providing the D30 was connected to some kind of remote monitoring system, from simple fieldbus to SCADA or even DCS depending on the complexity of the application, a land based controller could see there was a problem and send out the emergency services to save the day. Maybe no one has to die in this re-make?” Clowes finished.

“Ah a positive twist on this legendary sad story,” agreed Almond. “What a great way to show how switch technology has developed. But our re-make still needs some drama. After all, everyone, except me, obviously, loves a good cry at the final scene where Jack sinks into the ocean, leaving Rose on the makeshift raft,” he said, displaying a little too much knowledge of the film.

The PVL team ponder the drama dilemma

“Ok, so what if the emergency services have been held up and passengers start evacuating the ship in the interim. Naturally, a modern health and safety policy would mean there were enough lifeboats for passengers this time. But somehow, Rose and Jack still end up floating in the water out at sea,” offers Clowes.

“Only this time the raft has had a TD1000 digital purpose pressure transducer installed. The transducer's IP69K seal allows for it to be washed down with water under high pressure,” he explains.

“Perfect!” exclaims Almond. “With its unique redundant sensing elements, the TD 1000 keeps working if a sensing element goes bad while other competitive units would fail. This is important for high shock/high vibration or mission critical applications where downtime is not an option!”

He continued: “So provided they had the right control and radio equipment to hand, Jack and Rose could easily fashion a rudimentary alarming application to help them alert the authorities. Furthermore, the TD1000’s optional temperature sensor could provide assistance in the freezing climate of the Atlantic. The whole solution is much better than the plank of wood used in the original. This time the audience would watch the couple drift to safety as opposed to come to a heart breaking end.”

As you can see, at PVL we are very excited about the new film. In fact, whilst waiting for a response from James Cameron, we’ve started work on the sequel; “The Wedding that wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for PVL”. Our customers will be sure to get an invite

For more information, contact...

PVL Limited
Unit 9, Lexden Lodge Industrial Estate, CROWBOROUGH TN6 2NQ. UK.
Tel : +44(0) 1892 664499
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April 2012

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