Energy Robotics is in the business of providing cutting-edge software that enables robots to undertake intelligent, customized inspections at chemical plants.
Importantly, robots embedded with our software are able to conduct inspections in hazardous or difficult locations, such as in confined spaces or areas with toxic air quality, thereby ensuring that employees are not exposed to those environments due to inspections. This in turn frees up employees to do other, less tedious and hazardous work.
Our SaaS solution is revolutionizing how inspections are undertaken at the facilities of different chemical sectors worldwide.
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One robot fit for industrial use that our software supports is the ‘Spot’ robot by Boston Dynamics. Spot is an exceptional ‘four-legged’ robot that can undertake autonomous inspection at a chemical facility after having been trained with our ‘teach and repeat’ solution.
How does that training work? A smart robot like Spot can be taught about specific inspection points anywhere in a facility with our teach-in methodology. Once the ‘lesson’ regarding a specific test point is locked in, then precise gauge detection and value read-outs are made possible at that inspection point. Any needed tweaks or adjustments to testing outputs thereafter can be easily programmed with Spot using the same methodology. It couldn’t be simpler or more time-effective!
In fact, this proven teaching methodology can result in eleven measurements in just 14.5 minutes.
A Winning Collaboration: Merck & Energy Robotics
A successful case study in which our software was used on different robots was made possible in our collaboration with Merck at their facility in Darmstadt, Germany. Merck has a proud history dating back to 1668. The company is a world-leader in innovative, high-tech products in healthcare, the life sciences and performance materials. We at Energy Robotics feel a kindred spirit with Merck, a cutting-edge company whose motto is, “Science is at the heart of everything we do.”
Merck asked us to provide them with an innovative inspection solution for their Darmstadt facility. According to our Chief Technology Officer (CTO), as well as one of the company’s co-founders, Dr. Stefan Kohlbrecher, “... this was a great opportunity to bring our leading solutions for autonomous robots and fleet management from oil and gas to other markets. Our software enables robots like Spot to conduct autonomous inspection missions. It detects people, adapts robot behaviour accordingly, so humans and robots can work safely together.”
Autonomous inspections such as those successfully undertaken at Merck’s facility provide invaluable insights because the robot can do the precisely same inspection every single time, when needed, as needed. That means any data scanned and any benchmarking therefrom is scientifically precise, without any undue variations that can often arise as a result of human inspections, such as prevailing weather or the mood or attitude of a given inspector, and so forth.
Importantly, our software is compatible with a variety of different measuring apparatus for inspection purposes, including thermal cameras, gas sensors or Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR), as per the client’s requirements.
Robots embedded with our software can be used for inspections at any time, day or night. That means they can relieve employees of doing inspection-related tasks that are often not only tedious or laborious, but also potentially physically hazardous to their safety and health.
The tremendous benefit for any client when using our software is that the onboarding of different robots onto an existing fleet is a smooth, hassle-free process.
Together with Merck at their Darmstadt facility, we have proven once again that robots enabled with Energy Robotics software results in much-improved inspection processes and, as such, improved integrity of facility assets and overall safety.
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