VITROVEX Instrument Housings

VITROVEX® instrument spheres are composed of two mated hemispheres that are evacuated and locked into position by a sealant and a protective tape. Once the spheres are sealed, the two hemispheres are kept together by the atmospheric pressure on land and the pressure of the water column when deployed. Instrument housings usually incorporate a vacuum port to facilitate repeated sealing and unsealing actions. Parting plane sealing faces and ground flats around drill holes are honed to a precise flatness and finish.

VITROVEX® instrument housings can also be designed in a cylindrical form, together with different end cap solutions such as glass, titanium or a combination thereof.

VITROVEX®  instrument housings can be made with a variety of high precision drill holes to accommodate connectors, feedthroughs, and a vacuum port for connection to electronics and batteries inside, or releases, sensors or other packages on the outside.

Control of instruments including data up/download may be done through the glass

  • with hall effect,
  • reed switches,
  • infrared,
  • blue tooth or just by
  • commonly available  electrical connectors

Radio and flashing light recovery beacons work effectively housed internally. GPS, ARGOS, or Iridium transceivers as well as VHF radio links penetrate the glass without problem. Status lights and LCD displays are visible before deployment.

High-quality VITROVEX® glass can be polished to enhance optical properties for high-resolution digital camera/video applications.


Product Description
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RTEmagicC_thumbnail_-_dhs_01 DHS spheres Drill Hole Specification form for spheres, letter format
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3D CAD model of protective shells, (STEP format)
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