THE STABLE IDEA

Having observed how the billiard table, a prized activity on board, was useless in rough seas, a cruise passenger challenged his engineer friends: Is it possible to make a billiard table for use on a cruise ship, that will remain stable – even during rougher sea conditions?

This happened ten years ago. His friends took up on the challenge. Six months later the very first stabilized billiard table was tested on the ferry between Oslo, Norway and Kiel, Germany.

One of the engineers working aboard was struck by seasickness during the test trip. A clever head suggested that he should have a rest on the stable billiard table. After a short while, the engineer was no longer sea sick. Thus was the idea of a stabilized bed born. And so was STABLE, the company.

To demonstrate the concept to our first customers, we used a goldfish bowl. A goldfish might not get seasick, but it is thought to be rather uncomfortable for a goldfish to end up on the floor in heavy waves. Today STABLE provides comfort, rest and recreation for numerous cruise passengers travelling in rough sea. Possibly goldfish, too.

HOW CAN PASSION DRIVE INNOVATION?

Having observed how the billiard table, a prized activity on board, was useless in rough seas, a cruise passenger challenged his engineer friends: Is it possible to make a billiard table for use on a cruise ship, that will remain stable – even during rougher sea conditions? See Svend Heier’s great talk at TEDxArendal.

Svend Heier first gained technical experience through disassembling alarm clocks and pens, purely disassembling, never reassembling. The only thing that still worked when he was done, were loose gears, now being used as spinning tops. He was good with numbers, bad with reading and singing.

Svend’s only career ambition was to keep an empty inbox and doing as told. After a while he realised that his “engineer mind” had value, especially in combination with other values, such as innovative, listening to others, a business mind, networking, sales, communication, wholesome thinking, and creativeness.

He is a technological optimist, loves making stuff work and showing how and why stuff works. He has along with others started several successful businesses and loves the combination of technology, making things work, management and social contexts.

OUR STABILIZED TEAM

svend-heier

Mobile: +47 907 47 153
svend.heier@stable.no

Svend Heier

CEO / CTO
per-egil-auestad

Mobile: +47 913 46 670
peregil@stable.no

Per Egil Auestad

CCO /Chief Commercial Officer
haakon-norseng

Mobile: 974 88 883
haakon.norseng@stable.no

Haakon Norseng

Mechanical engineer
celine-thommesen

Mobile: +47 908 55 044
celine@stable.no

Céline Thommesen

Marketing Director
oyvind-isachsen

Øyvind Isachsen

Board Member

Our history

STABLE AS was established April 10th, 2002 and is based on Marine Stabilized Platform technology originally developed for use in active heave compensed cranes for the Offshore Industry.

The cranes are used for smooth landing of delicate equipment on the sea bed during rough weather conditions. This technology has been adapted and fine-tuned to provide a practically acceleration-free platform along its surface.

The platform eliminates accelerations due to roll and pitch movements (and all other movements) of the ship. To achieve this, the movements of the ship are estimated based on sensor signals and the platform is automatically adjusted by computer controlled actuators.

Proven technology

STABLE has proven its value through one of the most demanding applications in terms of responsiveness and accuracy: the STABLE Billiard, which has been installed on a number of cruise ships and luxury yachts. Thousands of cruise passengers have had the pleasure to enjoy a steady game of pool, even in rough sea.

The stabilized platforms remove the roll and pitch movements on a ship “dancing” in the waves (or a car making turns or retarding/accelerating) or in other words: stabilize humans and “things” onboard a ship moving in the waves.

Partners

STABLE AS is located in Arendal – a small historical coastal town in the southern part of Norway. 95% of the platforms and technology is made and produced in Norway.

We are proud to present our chosen partners:

Have a great idea? Please tell us! We simply love challenges.